Thanks to its modular nature, installation of the Chieftec Nitro 85+ BPS-850C 850Watt PSU was quite easy. My only gripe was the fact that I currently only have a single-cpu-socket motherboard, and as such, the extra 4+4pin connector is just sitting below the PSU itself. It would be nice if this was detachable (or was supplied with a free twin-socket motherboard :-P).
Additionally worth noting this PSU is not very large in size, given that it is rated for 850watts unlike many PSUs on the market today. So if youre building a powerful PC in a tight space, this PSU might fit nicely.
To test the Chieftec BPS-850C PSU, I first took the voltage levels from the different connectors (as listed in the chart below) whilst my system was idle (using a digital multimeter), then took the same readings whilst my PC was under load.
Load was simulated by running MSIAfterburner (for GPU), Orthos (For CPU), AVG Free Virus-Scan (for HDD). Additionally, I turned all my fans up to 100%.
We can see here that the Chieftec BPS-850C is able to deliver with my test rig attached, this PSU voltages barely change between idle & load this is a good indication of stability.
I am rather surprised by the results even with the GPU at 100% load, it barely budged the PCI-E power lines, and with the CPU at 100% load the 12v lines (8pin + 24pin) only budged by 0.03v this is well within the enthusiast preferred spec. I have great confidence in this PSU when I do come to maxing out my overclock on my new i5 760 CPU, Ill be using this PSU for the job!
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