BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

BitFenix is well known for their casings but not many people know they produce power supply units, let alone entry level ones which are not part of their Fury range.

BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

The BPA600 is a simple PSU, non-modular and looks no different from any other PSU.

BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

The BPA600 is a simple PSU, non-modular and looks no different from any other PSU.

BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

As for the cables, only the ATX cable is sleeved. Below is the power delivery table for the BPA600.

BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

Here are the list of cables.

BitFenix BPA600 600W Power Supply Review

Test Methodology / Report

goldfries.com does not have industrial grade power supply testing tools, therefore the approach for the PSU test is from a consumer angle. This means the PSU will be pushed to operational limit based on components that are available in the market. The key components used for power draw are the CPU (choice of processor), the GPU (graphic card setup) and other components like fans and drives.

The stress test is performed by stressing the 12V rails with 80% to 90% load, and run for at least 6 hours which is a lot more stress than what the average consumer would place on a power supply over the course of months or even years………. however in this case, the test load went above that’s expected of this poor PSU.

One thing to note is that the BPA600 from BitFenix is NOT a high-end PSU, it’s an entry level PSU and with my crazy tests, I actually put much more strain that I should.

The BPA600 delivers 554W (according to the table) so 90% of 554 is 498W, since the BPA600 is rated to be around 86% efficient I was expecting to run the system at 579W wall draw but in with my AMD FX-9590 and AMD R9 390 I managed to get the wall draw to be much higher than expected and to my surprise there were times it went beyond 644W which is more than the rated power draw.

I was crossing my fingers hoping the BPA600 does not self-destruct under my watch despite the insane torture I devised for it and I’m happy to report it did not, the protection mechanism kicked in and the power supply ceases operation.

The Verdict

The BitFenix BPA600 600W PSU retails at just a little over RM 200, it survived my torture test without turning into a burnt wreck so it would work just fine for any other computer setup. If your system is one that’s more demanding (like a gaming machine) then you should look at BitFenix’s Fury range.

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