Now let’s take an in-depth look inside Enermax Liberty DXX 500 W. For a better understanding of what we are talking here and in the next page, please read our Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies tutorial.
This power supply uses one GBU10J rectifying bridge in its primary stage, which can deliver up to 10 A (rated at 100° C). This bridge is attached to a heatsink. This component is clearly overspec’ed: at 115 V this unit would be able to pull up to 1,150 W from the power grid; assuming 80% efficiency, the bridge would allow this unit to deliver up to 920 W without burning this component. Of course we are only talking about this component and the real limit will depend on all other components from the power supply.
On the active PFC circuit this power supply uses two IRFP460A power MOSFET transistors, each capable of handling up to 20 A at 25° C or 13 A at 100° C (here you can see the difference temperature makes).
In the switching section, two 2SK2746 power MOSFET transistors are used, each one capable of delivering up to 7 A at 25° C continuously or 21 A at 25° C in pulse mode.
Here lies the main different between this power supply and other good power supplies available on the market today. Even though the switching section has two transistors, they don’t use the traditional two-transistor forward configuration, but instead the two transistors are connected in parallel using a single-transistor forward configuration.
The switching transistors, active PFC transistors, active PFC diode and +5VSB switching transistor are located on the same heatsink.
The active PFC circuit is controlled by a UCC3818 integrated circuit, which is located on a small printed circuit board attached to the main printed circuit board.