Hiper Power Type M 780W Review

paulktreg - 2008-10-03 13:52:38 in Power Supplies
Category: Power Supplies
Reviewed by: paulktreg   
Reviewed on: November 5, 2008
Price: $134.99

Introduction:

Please don't spend hundreds of dollars of your hard earned money on high performance PC components and then install a mediocre power supply. You get what you pay for! The power supply is connected, one way or another, to all the components inside your PC and any major fault can and will cause serious damage. Make sure any power supply that you purchase has built-in safety features like over-voltage, over-current and over-temperature shut downs; they will prevent damage to the rest of the PC should the power supply suffer a catastrophic failure. The power supply, in my opinion, is the most important part of any computer, whether it be an office or gaming machine. Do your research before you buy to ensure you have a unit of sufficient output power, the connectors to suit your needs, size to suit your case, etc. There are hundreds of reviews on the internet, and if you can't find a review for the particular power supply you have your eye on, then my advice would not to buy it.  In my opinion, unless it's new to the market, if nobody has reviewed it it's not worth buying. You will, after reading many power supply reviews, become familiar with the major players in the power supply market and gain the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision on which one is right for you. Is the Hiper Power Type M 780W the one for you? Let's find out.

High Performance group was founded in the UK in 2001 and today employs over 250 people with eight offices and three warehouses worldwide. Hiper is now amongst the leading computer component manufacturers in the world. Products include high quality power supplies, conventional PC and HTPC cases, cooling fans, cabling, and keyboards.

"For PC-users with a focus on the values inside, the ultra-efficient Type M series is the one to choose from. With an elegant design in a matt black finish, it offers a range of 630 Watts to 880 Watts. Outstanding value for money. The new cable harness design grants a convenient assembling and clean looking PC interior."

Closer Look:

No fancy graphics on this package. The packaging is manufactured from recycled materials and the print is single colour with a dull matt finish. The lid contains a tiny power supply picture along with Hiper Power logo. The photograph of the underside is perhaps a bit misleading, as the information is not printed on the box itself, but onto a thin cardboard sheet held in place by the cellophane wrap.

 

 

Front and rear sides are a repeat of the basic design used on the lid. Case badges, should you require them, are attached neatly under the front panel lid flap.

 

 

On one side panel we get a list of features, a logo proclaiming RoHS compliance and a recycled and recycle logo. Dispose of this box in the recycle bin and it just may end up being used for another new Hiper power supply. The other side panel contains the only splash of colour on an adhesive information sticker showing the Nvidia SLI-Ready logo, Union Jack with designed in Great Britain, proudly manufactured in China, model number HPU-4M780-PE, and logos of all the agencies for which this power supply is approved. The label also tells us that the Hiper Power Type M 780W takes a universal supply voltage and is able to run from an AC supply of between 100V and 240V.

 

 

Open up the lid and the instruction manual sits neatly on top. The power supply is held firmly by foam end caps and all the cables are securely bound and tucked down one side. This power supply is not modular, but does have an interesting solution to cable management, and comes complete with a good selection of adapter and converter cables which will be covered in more depth later.

 

 

Externally, the power supply is tidy and well made in a basic black paint finish and chrome fan grill with Hiper logo at its centre. The power supply comes with a choice of main plug, UK or European. If you look carefully at the power supply you may notice that not only is there an exhaust grill on the rear of the power supply but also top and sides.  More on this later.

 

 

The packaging is basic but adequate on the Hiper Power Type M 780W. The use of recycled materials and minimal internal packaging are enough to keep the power supply secure and damage free without being over the top. The instruction manual is comprehensive enough and there is a good selection of adapter cables.

 

Closer Look:

The back panel contains the IEC main input connector and an on/off switch with the exhaust grill covering only half the area of the back panel. The cables are routed out of the back of the power supply via 5 ports.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Identical looking grill side panels with the Hiper logo.

 

 

The top of the power supply includes the specification logo along with a small selection of production tested stickers and the units serial number/barcode. The Hiper Power Type M 780W utilises a large 140mm black cooling fan which is protected with a chrome grill with the hiper logo at its centre. The fan panel, like the side panels, contains a further surface of grill.

 

 

There are a lot of cables, but this is due to the cable design utilised on the Hiper Power Type M 780W power supply. The cables aren't of the usual chain design seen on most units. There are three individual molex connector cables, for instance, of different lengths and the SATA power connector cables only have two connectors each. I would imagine, with careful planning, this sort of cable design will help to keep things looking neat and tidy. The power supply also comes with a good selection of cable adapters and convertors.

 

 

The European version of the Hiper Power Type M 780W comes with a modular power cord. Using the plug and socket arrangement below, with screw collar to prevent them coming apart, you are able to connect a UK or European 2-pin plug.

 

 

The large 140mm fan is by Yate Loon Electronics (GP D14BM-12) and is rated at 12VDC 0.7A. Look carefully and you will also see the clear plastic baffle to help get the airflow were it's needed.

 

The internal printed circuit board is somewhat cluttered, but the layout is tidy. All the heatsinks are made from aluminium with ridges and slots to increase the surface area of the heatsinks and help with heat dissipation. All the coils have heatshrink sleeving applied to them, partly for insulation and partly I wonder, to help stop the often irritating vibration/noise that some coils like to emit.

 

 

Inside the Hiper Power Type M 780W we have a vertically mounted surface mount printed circuit board which hosts the fan connection socket. I can only summise that this board controls the temperture monitoring hardware and fan speed controller. White plastic sheeting is fitted were necessary to insulate the power supply electronics from the casing and prevent shorting. The cables exit the power supply via the 5 ports at the rear of the unit.

 

 

The majority of the electrolytic capacitors appear to be by PET and KY, and are rated at  85°C, but I always feel 105°C rated capacitors would be more appropriate for very little increase in cost. Overall, the Hiper Power Type M 780W is a well built unit both inside and out. Let's see how it performs.

Specification:

 

Ratings Table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC Input
100VAC-240VAC     47Hz-63Hz     10A-5A
Peak Load
DC Output
+3V3
+5V0
+12V1
+12V2
+12V3
+12V4
-12V
+5VSB
Max Current
30A
28A
18A
18A
18A
18A
0.8A
3.0A
980W
Max Combined Wattage
180W
720W
9.6W
15W
760W

 

System Protection:

 

 
 
Output Voltage Protection
+3V3
<4.5V
+5V0
<7.0V
+12V
<15.6V

 

Limits for over-voltage protection are the only figures that are quoted. No mention in the accompanying literature or on the Hiper website for over-current, under-voltage, over-temperature, over-power or short circuit protection. I feel sure that all off these safety measures will be included, but I cannot find any written evidence to confirm it.

The following information is kindly supplied by Hiper:

 

 
Output Current Protection
+3V3
55A max
+5V0
55A max
+12V1....+12V4
35A max

 

Safety & Agency Approvals:

 

FCC, CB, CE, UL (Canada & USA) & TUV.

 

Power Supply Weight:

 

Power Supply Weight
Manufacturer/Model
Weight
Hiper Power Type M 780W
2.5kg
4.8lbs

 

Power Supply Connectors:

 

Hiper Power Type M 780W Connectors
 
Cable No.
Length
Connector Type
Length
Connector Type
1
350mm(13.6”)
4 Pin Molex
 
 
 
2
450mm(17.7”)
4 Pin Molex
 
 
 
3
650mm(25.6”)
4 Pin Molex
 
 
 
4
600mm(23.6”)
EPS12V 8 Pin
 
 
 
5
600mm(23.6”)
P4 12V 4 Pin
 
 
 
6
450mm(17.7”)
PCI-E 8 Pin
50mm(2.0”)
PCI-E 6 Pin
7
550mm(21.7”)
PCI-E 8 Pin
50mm(2.0”)
PCI-E 6 Pin
8
500mm(19.7”)
SATA Power
150mm(5.9”)
SATA Power
9
500mm(19.7”)
SATA Power
150mm(5.9”)
SATA Power
10
600mm(23.6”)
24 Pin Mobo
 
 
 
Hiper Power Type M 780W ExTender™
Extender
Male/Female 4 Pin Molex to FDD Length 150mm(5.9”) - 2 off
Extender
Male/Female 4 Pin Molex to 4 Pin Molex Length 150mm(5.9”) – 4 off
Adapter
PCI-E 8 Pin to PCI-E 6 Pin – 2 off

 

Features:

 

Exactly as printed on the box.

 

 

Testing:

For more information on how we test our power supplies, please browse our testing methodology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Safety:

 

Electrical Safety Test Class 1
Manufacturer/Model
Pass/Fail
Hiper Power Type M 780W
Pass

 

Short Circuit Protection:

I short circuited the 3V3, 5V0 and all four 12V lines in turn. The power supply did shut down, and once the short was removed and the unit switched off for at least one second, it then resumed normal operation. Although listed here at the beginning of the testing section, I tend to leave this test until the very end, in case it doesn't quite go to plan.

 

DC Output Voltage Load Regulation:

 

Testing @ 110VAC

 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 173W which is 22% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.33
3.10
10.32
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.07
4.72
23.93
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.11
2.55
30.88
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.09
2.54
30.71
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.11
2.52
30.52
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.11
2.57
31.12
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.06
0.36
4.34
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.91
2.16
10.61
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
173W
 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 342W which is 44% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.28
7.79
25.55
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.03
9.28
46.68
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.13
2.57
31.17
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.11
2.56
31.00
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.06
8.00
96.48
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.05
7.98
96.16
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.15
0.37
4.49
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.90
2.16
10.58
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
342W
 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 774W which is 99% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.23
12.05
38.92
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.07
13.86
70.27
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.03
11.44
137.62
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
11.95
11.18
133.60
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.00
13.86
166.32
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
11.91
17.81
212.12
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.40
0.38
4.71
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.90
2.16
10.58
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
774W
 

 

Testing @ 230VAC

 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 173W which is 22% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.33
3.11
10.36
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.07
4.72
23.93
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.11
2.56
31.00
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.09
2.55
30.83
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.11
2.52
30.52
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.11
2.57
31.12
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.06
0.36
4.34
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.91
2.16
10.61
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
173W
 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 343W which is 44% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.28
7.87
25.81
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.03
9.32
46.87
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.13
2.57
31.17
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.11
2.56
31.00
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.06
8.01
96.60
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.05
8.00
96.40
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.15
0.37
4.49
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.91
2.16
10.61
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
343W
 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 769W which is 99% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.23
12.10
39.08
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.07
13.91
70.52
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.03
11.44
137.62
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
11.95
11.19
133.72
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
11.99
13.32
159.71
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
11.93
17.85
212.95
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.35
0.37
4.57
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
4.89
2.16
10.56
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
769W
 

 

The DC output voltage load regulation of the Hiper Power Type M 780W is satisfactory and all voltages maintained well within the ATX12V specification. I would have liked to see the +5VSB rail a little nearer the 5V0 level rather than the 4.9V consistently produced during the test, but this should not cause any problems.

 

Testing (Continued):

Efficiency and Power Factor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output & Efficiency at 110VAC
DC Load (W)
AC Load (W)
PF
Efficiency (%)
Pass/Fail
0
7
0.64
N/A
N/A
173
224
0.97
77
Pass
343
435
0.99
79
Pass
774
1039
0.99
75
Pass

 

Output & Efficiency at 240VAC
DC Load (W)
AC Load (W)
PF
Efficiency (%)
Pass/Fail
0
11
0.23
N/A
N/A
173
211
0.90
82
Pass
343
416
0.94
82
Pass
769
980
0.97
78
Pass

 

The packaging and literature included with the Hiper Power Type M 780W make no mention of the 80 Plus Bronze certification claimed on the Hiper Group website. The only claim made is an efficiency of up to 85%. You will see from the figures given above that the power supply efficiency at no time exceeds 82%, and the claims of 85% on the Hiper Group website are not reached. A maximum efficiency of only 79% on 110VAC and 82% on 230VAC is a little dissapointing taken in context with the claimed 80 Plus Bronze certification, but they are still quite good and easily meet the requirements of the ATX12V specification.

The power factor was maintained at or above 0.9 at all times, meeting the 80 Plus requirements, and sitting at or around 0.95 for what would be the average power consumption when installed in a PC.

Efficiency and power factor levels are satisfactory.  There is nothing out of the ordinary, but still an overal pass in this section.

 

AC Ripple On DC Outputs:

 

With no significant difference between the noise levels at 110VAC and 230VAC, the screenshots for 230VAC only are shown below.

 

AC Ripple On 3V3 Rail at 230VAC

 

AC Ripple On 5V0 Rail at 230VAC

 

AC Ripple On 12V Rail at 230VAC

 

Antec Signature 850W AC Ripple/Noise Measurements

DC Output
3V3
5V0
12V1
12V2
12V3
12V4
-12V
5VSB
Ripple (mV p-p)
8
6
130
130
130
130
80
16
Pass/Fail
Pass
Pass
Fail
Fail
Fail
Fail
Pass
Pass

 

 

The noise level on the 12V rail is very dissapointing, and at 130mV exceeds the maximum permissable of 120mV level in the ATX12V specification. This is very high for a power supply in this class, and unfortunately warrants a fail in this section. The noise levels on the 3V3, 5V0 and +5VSB are very good and the level on the -12V rail is satisfactory.

Testing(Continued):

Temperature, Noise Levels and Fan Speeds:

 

I am not going to give a pass or fail in this section, as the ATX12V V2.2 does not really have any references on which to base a decision.

Temperatures are purely for information only, as there are too many variables involved when installed in a case, which by the way, it wasn't. Ambient temperature, processor cooling efficiency and case cooling fans all play their part on the temperature of the air entering the power supply, and consequently the temperature of the air leaving it. No valid conclusions can be made from this test.

 

 

 

 

Hiper Power Type M 780W @ 230VAC input

DC Loading
Temp In (°C)
Temp Out (°C)
Δ Temp (°C)
Fan Speed (RPM)
174W
Not Tested*
Not Tested*
0
798
342W
Not Tested*
Not Tested*
0
800
622W
Not Tested*
Not Tested*
0
1652

 

* I have not done any temperature testing on this power mainly due to the power supply case design, which I will explain later during my conclusions.

The cooling fan is at all times quiet. The fan speed remained at approximately 800 RPM from no load to 342W, and only throttled up at maximum loading. The power supply fan speed will remain low and therefore very quiet in all but the more power hungry systems.

 

Conclusion:

Environmental Factors:

The use of recycled paper for the main box and user manual, along with sparing use of packaging materials is to be commended. Granted, the box doesn't look pretty, and anyone who likes packaging to be colourful and shiny is going to be dissapointed with the Hiper.  But, combine this with high efficiency and a good power factor, and I have to award this power supply with some good marks for environmental consideration.

 

Price Per the Watt:

Power Supply Hiper Power Type M 780W at $134.99 = $0.17/Watt (October 2008)

 

One of my major concerns, especially with the overclocker in mind, is the design of the cooling system on the Hiper Power Type M 780W. The major enemy of any overclocker is heat, and the last thing needed is a power supply returning air back into the case at an higher temperature than it was removed. This, I feel sure, will happen with the Hiper unit, as air from the case will be drawn in by the fan and it will exit not only from the rear, but also the grilled side panels, and straight back into the case. This is my main reason for not doing any temperature testing. With the warm air exiting the unit on four sides, would temperature measurements really mean anything?

The efficiency of the unit, taking no other factors into account, is pretty good, but the claimed 80 Plus Bronze certification on the website was not met during my testing. I could find no mention of 80 Plus certification on the packaging or accompanying literature, so I can only presume it is a recent accreditation. The noise level on the 12V rail at full load is marginally higher than the ATX12V specification allows for at 130mV against the 120mV permitted. This will have little or no effect on the motherboard and operation of any PC, but is nonetheless slightly higher than permitted.

There's no doubt that the Hiper Power Type M 780W is a quality, well made power supply, but I could not recommend its use by any of you overclockers out there, mainly because of the issues with heat. Heat is the biggest factor when it comes to overclocking any PC, and a power supply adding to this problem is something I imagine most overclockers can do without. That said, if you are after a power supply to run your high performance gaming system at stock with dual 8800GTX graphic cards in SLI, then I feel sure the Hiper Power Type M 780W will cope admirably with good case cooling.

 

Pros:

 

Cons: