Today we're having a look at the Super Flower Golden King 500W. The Golden
King is a fixed cable, 80 Plus Platinum rated 500W power supply.
Some of the features called out on the front of the box are:
"20% more ULTRA POWER"... Should I try to pretend to know what that means?
Well, judging by the "high efficiency" caption underneath, it would seem
like they were applying that by being more efficient, you're getting more
power. Thing is, a power supply only puts out what's demanded of it, so if
a power supply is more efficient, it's just drawing less power from the wall.
I suppose in some convoluted way, you could say that means you're getting
20% more DC power whilst drawing the same amount of power from the wall as
a lesser efficient unit, but it would require some long form math to accurately
explain that so I'll just stop here.
"Active PFC"... With power factor correction, your power supply will draw
apparent power (VA) closer to the active, or "real" power (Watts) being
drawn. In the U.S., this doesn't help residential customers with their electric
here we're charged by the amount of active power used, but in the E.U., power
usage is measured in apparent power and power factor correction is mandatory.
"Patent Plug Design"... IF this unit was modular, it would have Super Flower's
patented 9 pin modular connector. But this unit isn't modular so this bullet
point is meaningless to us.
"2 Ball Bearing Silent Fan"... Ball bearing fans last longer than sleeve
bearing fans and will generally outlast the power supply.
"Energy Saving"... If this power supply is as efficient as Super Flower
claims, it will save energy. Either that or you will get 20% more ULTRA POWER.
"Japanese Capacitor (Chemi-Con)"... Essentially, this unit uses all Japanese
made Nippon Chemi-Con brand capacitors which typically perform better and
last longer than most Chinese made capacitors and some Taiwanese capacitors.
On the side of the box, we have a couple more features listed. Basic stuff
like energy efficiency requirements, protection circuits, RoHS compliance,
Also on the side of the box, we have some more features called out. Some have
already been called out on the front of the box.
One thing about Super Flower is that they never hesitate to call out who makes
the components within their power supplies. They've called out that they use
Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors on the back of the box, and here on the
side we see that again. They also point out the the MOSFET's are made by Infineon
and that the active PFC diode is made by Cree.
The back of the box has a great wealth of information. Let's have a look at
what their message is one block at a time.
The CPU compatibility list is just a list of current CPU's. Even if you have
a power supply with one 8-pin CPU power connector, you're technically compatible
with all of the listed CPU's.
Under efficiency, Super Flower essentially lists what is required to meet
80 Plus Platinum efficiency. At 20%, 50% and 100% loads, the power supply has
to be 90%, 92% and 89% efficient respectively.
The fan is 140mm. I'm not quite sure why they list the AC input frequency
here. You'd think that would be with the AC input voltage range capability.
Under temperature, we're assured that this unit was tested to do full load
under 50°C temperatures. This unit has been certified as "safe" around the
and the housing is black.
Two dimensions are listed. This unit seems to be the smaller of the two. Odds
are that the unit that is 10mm larger is the modular version of this power
supply. Finally, the unit weighs in at 2.5kg.
The box features a mission statement from 80 Plus.
This part of the box explains the "Eco Intelligent Thermal Control System".
Essentially, there's a switch on the unit that allows the fan to either run
immediately (albeit at very low RPM's) or stay idle until internal temperatures
reach 45 to 50°C.
Following a little blurb about Super Flower's patented transformer, they go
back to talking about the Thermal Control System by mentioning the two way
Despite all of this information, the box still lacks information about the
power supply's DC output capabilities, number of cables and number of connectors.
This is because Super Flower uses the same box all of the Golden King models
and the "500W" on the front of the box is merely a sticker.
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