Tilt your PSU´s – save your PSU from dying

The most important thing with electronics is sufficient cooling. You don´t need to follow this article and flip your PSU, but look into adding one or more fans to take out the hot air from the smaller compartment.

Electronics are sensitive for heat and high temperatures. The higher temps the less efficiency you get out of the PSU.
And now we are talking about Chinese middle class quality the temperatures are more important than ever.

Here is my solution to this problem. Tilt the PSU 90 degrees, so the fan in the PSU grabs air from the ambient temp in your room, instead of breathing the heated air inside the machine.

My example using a 3D-printed bracket to bolt the PSU tilted.
You can also use double sided tape if you do not own a 3D printer, just make sure you add a extra ground wire from the chassis to one of the bolts on the casing of the PSU.
Here is the link to the 3D-printed bracket on Thingiverse

I have done some extensive testing about this.
I just added some lines and let the machine run for 10 minutes, between every test the machine was resting and i was waiting for the water temp to reset to 19c.

I was checking the power output and the temperatures inside the PSU.
I have the digital version of the K40, i was using the same %-value in power every test, never touched the settings.

Test with the PSU inside the machine
Test 1: 64c – 14.4mA
Test 2: 65c – 13.7mA
Test 3: 64c – 14.2mA
Test 4: 64c – 14.4mA
Test 5: 65c – 14.0mA

Test with the PSU breathing ambient temps
Test 1: 34c – 16.2mA
Test 2: 34c – 16.4mA
Test 3: 33c – 16.8mA
Test 4: 33c – 16.6mA
Test 5: 34c – 16.2mA

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2 thoughts on “Tilt your PSU´s – save your PSU from dying

  1. Michael

    Thanks for the detailed website! There is a lot of valuable information here. I have a question about tilting the power supply 90Deg.

    You said “Tilt the PSU 90 degrees, so the fan in the PSU grabs air from the ambient temp in your room, instead of breathing the heated air inside the machine.”

    I have slots on the side of the machine where ambient temp air could be pulled into the housing that contains the PSU, but the fan on my power supply blows out away from the PSU not blowing INTO the PSU. Is this still correct? Because It would still grab warm air from inside the compartment and exhaust it out the slots on the side of my machine.

    Or should I flip the fan around so it would draw air in from the slots, and blow it across the PCB of the Power Supply?

    1. HP Persson Post author

      Flip the fan, i have seen others mention this too. Seems like the fan is mounted either way depending on which seller it is :)

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