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What Is Cybenetics Certification In Power Supplies?

Cybenetics certification is a new set of standards for evaluating the efficiency of an AC-DC PSU while also considering noise levels.

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Cybenetics is an independent assessment that exceeds the 80 PLUS certification and focuses on efficiency and noise levels. Let’s see what a Cybenetics certification is, its levels, and why it’s gaining recognition in the community.

Key Takeaways

  • Cybenetics certification is a new standard for evaluating the efficiency of a PSU, including its noise levels at a realistic temperature.
  • Cybenetics has two certifications: ETA certification, which measures efficiency, and LAMDA certification, which measures noise levels.
  • 80 Plus doesn’t provide accurate data, so the cybenetics program has strict testing, which is better.

What Is Cybenetics Certification?

Cybenetics certification is a new set of standards for evaluating the efficiency of an AC-DC PSU while also considering noise levels. This certification is designed to give a more comprehensive and detailed picture of PSU efficiency than the 80 Plus certification[1].

Cybenetics Certification Levels

Cybenetics Certifications
Cybenetics Certifications (Credits: Cybenetics)

ETA Certification 

ETA certification focuses on overall efficiency[2], which ranges from Bronze to Diamond (most efficient).

Efficiency Levels (115V)Efficiency (%)Power Factor5V Standby Efficiency (%)Standby Power (W)
Bronze82 - 850.950710.25
Silver85 - 870.960730.22
Gold87 - 890.970750.19
Platinum89 - 910.975760.16
Titanium91 - 930.980770.13
Diamond93 or greater0.985790.10

LAMDA Certification

LAMDA certification assesses noise output[3], which ranges from LAMDA-Standard to LAMDA-A++ (dead silent).

Noise LevelsRequirements dB(A)
Standard40 - 45
Standard+35 - 40
Standard++30 - 35
A-25 - 30
A20 - 25
A+15 - 20
A++15 or less

Why Cybenetics Certification Is Better Than 80 Plus?

Cybenetics offers several advantages over the well-established 80 Plus, which are given below:

  • Stricter Testing: 80 Plus testing is conducted at 23 degrees Celsius[4]. However, the temperature inside the computer is higher because PSU efficiency increases at lower temperatures. Cybenetics testing is conducted at 30 to 32 degrees Celsius[5], which is more realistic and provides a wider picture of the performance.
  • Noise Evaluation: 80 Plus doesn’t consider noise[1]. However, Cybenetics LAMDA certification directly addresses this issue, a significant factor for many users.
  • Transparency: Cybenetics provides detailed reports of their testing and results. It also continuously updates its standards compared to the 80 Plus certification.

Cybenetics is gradually becoming popular in the gaming community due to its comprehensive approach and transparency. If you plan to buy a power supply, consider checking it in addition to 80 Plus.

Helpful Resources By Tech4Gamers:


  1. 80 PLUS vs Cybenetics: PSU ratings explained | CORSAIR: EXPLORER. (n.d.).
  2. Cybenetics Labs – PSU Efficiency & Noise Level Certifications – ETA. (n.d.).
  3. Cybenetics Labs – PSU Efficiency & Noise Level Certifications – LAMBDA (PSUs). (n.d.).
  4. Can We Trust the 80 Plus Certification? | Hardware Secrets. (n.d.).
  5. Cybenetics Labs – PSU Efficiency & Noise Level Certifications – Methodology – Methodology. (n.d.).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cybenetics?

Cybenetics is an independent organization that sets standards and provides certifications for power supply units.

How does cybenetics differ from 80+?

The main difference between cybenetics and 80+ is that cybenetics is more strict, considers realistic temperatures, and considers noise levels.

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