Disclaimer: Aris Mpitziopoulos is Tom’s Hardware’s PSU reviewer. He developed the certification methodologies described below apart from his role on Tom’s Hardware. He is the Chief Testing Engineer of Cybenetics. Neither Tom’s Hardware nor its parent company, Purch Media, are financially involved with Cybenetics. Aris does not perform the actual certifications for Cybenetics.
Without a doubt, the de facto certification program for PSUs these days is 80 PLUS. Although it managed to make the majority of users (and companies) realize the importance of efficiency in power supply units (PSUs), it’s still far from perfect, as we pointed out in this article.
In a nutshell, the major downsides of the 80 PLUS program are the following:
- Limited number of measurements
- Very low ambient temperature during testing
- No vampire power and 5VSB measurements
- No control over fake efficiency badges
- No mention of the equipment used
- No control over the samples that are certified and the ones that are finally released
All of the above must be addressed, and indeed we can’t help but wonder why nobody else has tried to offer something different and actually make it work, especially considering the 80 PLUS’ dominance in the PSU field. It’s certainly not ideal to have a single company dealing with PSU efficiency, because there’s absolutely no competition, and in a way, one company controls the whole market.
Cybenetics was formed with one purpose in mind: to introduce new efficiency and noise certification standards for PSUs.
As compared to the currently available program, the voluntary certification program offered by Cybenetics aims to add greater accuracy to efficiency testing, address all above issues, and at the same time provide an authentic verification of the PSU’s operational noise level. Cybenetics also offers PSU beta testing and evaluation reports that can lead to significant time and money savings in the process of increasing the quality and the performance of the tested products. It is common knowledge to any engineer (experienced or not) that you cannot make a perfect product, especially a PSU where so many things can go sideways, without a serious amount of beta testing before it goes on mass production Hplaptop.co.
The Cybenetics test procedure has been developed through many years of PSU evaluation experience.The methodologies in place have been forged after numerous hours of testing and experimentation to obtain accuracy and reliability. Finally, the equipment that the company uses is state-of-the-art and it is clearly shown in every evaluation report, as anyone would expect from a proper report Read more article.