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Cooler Master V SFX GOLD 850 ATX 3.0 Power Supply Review

Performance and Testing

As you know, I do not have the specialized equipment for PSU testing (which costs thousands of dollars). So the best way I could do test the PSU is by using what we’ve got. My testing method involves comparing the voltage and power consumption reading during idle and at full load. I know it’s not the most accurate method technically, but I think this simple method should provide some ideas of the performance of the power supply in terms of stability and power consumption.


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The main thing to watch out for, is the fluctuation on the +12V line. If the +12V line drops to below 12V during full load or large fluctuations in the V readings … then we’re in trouble. The system may unstable and you might also get random reboots.

We used AIDA64 and simultaneously ran both CPU and GPU stress test which produces 100% load. We then checked the voltage readings on AIDA64, we were able to read the sensor onboard the Asus Z790-E Strix Gaming motherboard. We were able to take the readings of the total power consumption of the CPU and GPU.



Voltage readings taken from ADIA64 at idle

  • +12V : 12V
  • +5V : 4.96V 
  • +3V : 3.312V



Voltage readings taken from ADIA64 under load

  • +12V : 11.904 (-0.096)
  • +5V : 4.920 (-0.04)
  • +3V : 3.264 (-0.048)


Total power consumption (in wattage)

  • CPU (Core i9-14900K) – Max: 272.60W
  • GPU (RTX 4080 Super) – Max: 283.05W


At full load, using the Core i9-14900K processor along with the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, the system drew a total of around 555W … 272W for the CPU and 283W for the GPU.

The +12V line dropped ever so slightly from 12V to 11.094V. A minute change of only -0.096V. Nothing to be concerned about. But if that 12V line drops below 11V … then we might have a problem.

For the +5V line, it dropped from 4.96V to 4.920 (-0.04 difference) and for the +3.3V line, it also dropped from 3.312V to 3.264 (-0.048 difference).

Now lets move on to the Conclusion and Verdict!


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