Techsolo Voltage Regulation and Quality

+3.3V regulation
Load Voltage
10% 3.35V (+1.52%)
20% 3.32V (+0.61%)
50% 3.23V (-2,12%)


+5V regulation
Load Voltage
10% 5.06V (+1.2%)
20% 4.99V (-0.2%)
50% 4.79V (-4.2%)


+12V regulation
Load Voltage 12V1/V2
10% 12.01V (+0.17%)/ 12.02V (+0.18%)
20% 11.99V (-0.08%)/ 12.02V  (+0.18%)
50% 11.93V (-0.58%)/ 11.90V (-0.83%)

Uh oh! As you can see, the PSU died after 50% load—the two main switches exploded! All the rails are still within specification at 50%, but you can see large voltage drops and +5V is close to the limit of -5%. +12V stays stable with more than 11.90V at all tested loads, but naturally the failure at 80% load is a major black mark.

Ripple and Noise

+3.3V ripple quality
Load Ripple and noise
10% 7.20mV
20% 7.70mV
50% 14.30mV


+5V ripple quality
Load Ripple and noise
10% 7.90mV
20% 11.70mV
50% 21.40mV


+12V ripple quality
Load Ripple and noise
10% 19.50mV
20% 32.90mV
50% 63.70mV

The ripple and noise results aren't that bad, but the ripple on +12V could be lower. 64mV is half of the spec, but we've seen worse results there. In fact, some $150 PSUs aren't better here, but deliver the full power and shut down if there is a problem. Again, the failure of the Techsolo at 80% is a key point; it may kill your hardware, so stay away from this product.

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  • MrSpadge - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - link

    I know your plan was not to privde full market coverage.. but still, if an PSU as expensive as the Antect is included, which still gets "only" 80+ Bronze, it would have been nice to see a 80+ Gold heavy hitter like the Enermax 87+ or Seasonic X series included. In my opinion they're as good as ~500W PSUs currently get.

  • EnzoFX - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - link

    I really can't see a reason to turning to budget PSU's when there are often great ones on sale.

    For example, the Corsair 400 W one, every now and then, goes for $20 AR. Antec has a similar offering, at similar price, the EarthWatts 430W I believe. In higher range, another great example: The Corsair 650 TX for around $65 AR. In regards to my personal preference, all of these are known to be very quiet.

    Granted, you do have to wait for the good pricing, but I consider it to happen often enough to simply pick one up when they do and have a spare ready. I suppose if you really can't wait, then you'd have to consider the other brands.
  • adrien_n - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - link

    I've bought a Corsair CX400 PSU and it's efficient, silent, stable and it around 40 EUR I think.

    Bought it after reading about it on (french) (the whole article is a worthy read if you understand french). It's rated at 400W but if you sum up the powers, you get over 500W.
  • Stas - Friday, October 29, 2010 - link

    I will always stand by Corsair PSUs. The PSU in my rig, CMPSU-520HX, has been reliable for 3 years. Outlived everything else in my machine (3 video cards, 2 CPUs, dozen of HDDs, 3 mobos, even 3 cases lol). Granted I buy quality parts or don't buy any at all, so none of those pieces actually died on me (except a 4 y.o. Hitachi HDD). I've also put in about 15 of Corsair PSUs in clients' rigs (from 400 to 850W versions, multi-12V-rails and single) in the past year and a half. Not a single one died or caused any instability. All are dead silent, too. Corsair's PSUs has become a standard in my eyes. Yes, there are more efficient offerings but they cost in the upper 100s and mid 200s. Between $50 and $150, I don't even think about what PSU to get, I just approximate the consumption and through the appropriate Corsair in the cart.
  • chrnochime - Friday, October 29, 2010 - link

    Well they either use CWT or Seasonic, so they're reliable because of these companies. IIRC they don't have any PSU that's specifically made *by* their own factory, all of their PSU are rebranded ones.
  • strikeback03 - Monday, November 1, 2010 - link

    Well, that is the case with most PSUs though. Corsair does pick good ODM designs and specify good components for the builds.
  • HollyDOL - Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - link

    I am very happy with Corsair PSUs as well and can only recommend... high efficiency, silent, very good current stability...
  • gusc3669 - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - link

    On page 1 under the Techsolo Black Mamba STP-550 I know that this PSU didn't perform but...

    "It just keeps getting better! This PSU is not available in the US, but it's still a nice representative of the crap-section."
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - link

    Every once in a while it's good to call out the low end products like that Mamba, especially when it comes to PSUs. There are so many people who buy horribly cheap PSUs, or get one bundled with a case, and then see their whole machine go up in smoke. Which might actually make this more important the testing good supplies...

    It would also be helpful to explain some of the features and components of the supplies though. I imagine there are quite a few people who don't know what things like PFC are, or even that it existed.
  • Calin - Friday, October 29, 2010 - link

    Reading only reviews from decent and high quality power supplies will suggest to the reader that all power supplies are decent or high quality. Good to know (at least every once in a while) that a certain power supply did blew up at not more than half the supposed load

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