Testing rig specs:
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 6300
Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe
Video card: EVGA 8800GTX
RAM: 1GB Super Talent PC8500
Hard drives: Seagate 120GB HDD
Optical drives: HP DVD 740
Operating system: Windows XP Professional
We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the best way to test a power supply but you can not overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. These sites and the method they use should be a true means on how well a power supply is. We feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is a valid measure of its performance.
No more the situation, idle or load, the Ensemble fared awesomely. We saw little to no movement of fluncation on any of the rails. And when we did, the gap was very little and did not cause a single hiccup.
While sitting there doing nothing, we heard nothing from the Ensemble, well almost nothing. I say almost nothing due to the fact that, when I stopped all the fans in the case, we did hear a low hiss from the Ensemble. But the hiss was completely subdued when all the other fans were restarted. As for the increased fan speed under load, we did hear a little more spin from the unit but not much. I guess this is due to the low power that my system requires.