PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

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PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

Post by smilingcrow » Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:56 pm

There’s a very large difference between the Max and Peak amps on the 12V line so what is a realistic real world maximum for sustained load?

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Re: PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

Post by edh » Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:30 pm

The 12V is a pass through line from the AC-DC power brick which means it is quite possible to go over spec on the 12V and not have a problem.
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Re: PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

Post by smilingcrow » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:37 am

edh wrote:The 12V is a pass through line from the AC-DC power brick which means it is quite possible to go over spec on the 12V and not have a problem.
There surely will be a limit otherwise they'd rate it for higher which would be a selling point!

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Re: PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

Post by MikeC » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:17 am

smilingcrow wrote:
edh wrote:The 12V is a pass through line from the AC-DC power brick which means it is quite possible to go over spec on the 12V and not have a problem.
There surely will be a limit otherwise they'd rate it for higher which would be a selling point!
The 24-pin socket itself and perhaps the 12V connector may impose practical limits to 12V current. One way to maximize 12V current availability would be to solder another set of cables from the 12V female connector (that connects to the adapter) to the AUX12V 4 or 8 pin motherboard connector, rather than share the single 12V line in with the lower voltage lines. This would avoid going through the picoPSU. Of course, this is moot unless your AC/DC adapter can supply more than the rating of the picoPSU-160-XT.
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Re: PicoPSU 160: 96W Max, 180W peak; real world implication?

Post by rawr » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:13 pm

Interestingly I was talking with a guy who was working with the Mini-Box engineers to find out the limit of the Picopsu. He applied enough power and enough cooling to make sure those were not the limiting factors.

Apparently it can support up to 265W! Pretty amazing, but obviously you are limited by brick choice.

Incidentally, have you guys seen the new MSI GT80 Titan? They're bundling it with a 330W/350W brick. I'm waiting for more specs, but it's probably 19V :|

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