FSP was one of the many manufacturers with new gear on show at CeBIT this year, focusing most of its attention on the new additions to the Aurum series of power supplies.
The new standard Aurum range features 700, 600, 500 and 400 watt variants, each with 80 Plus gold standard efficiency and several of the features found in its sub ranges.
Split into three distinct categories, there’s the CM series, the Pro series and the Xilenser series all collected under the banner of Aurum. The first of the three, the CM (stands for cable management) features 80 Plus Gold standard efficiency for each of the three units in the range, of which there are three: the CM 750, CM 650 and CM 550. This designates the wattage power of each unit as you might expect.
As well as utilising modular cabling to help keep your rig free from excess cable, the CM series also uses something called “arrow flow technology” which essentially turns out to be arrow shaped grill holes at the rear. Here’s an over the top video explaining it:
See what I mean? You can read more about the CM series here.
The next of the three is the Pro series, which is the high end of the new Aurum PSU range. Varying in wattage from 850, through 1000 all the way to a whopping 1200w, if you need a rediculous ammount of power – and who needs over 800w anyway – then this range is for you; probably.
Each of them features just one 12v rail allowing for a massive power draw from multiple GPU configurations without any wobbly stability. Impressively it also features the same 80 Plus Gold standard as the CM range, so efficiency should also be quite high. As you would expect its SLI and Xfire certified and features an advanced modular cabling system than that of its younger brother PSUs. Each slot is labelled making this a nice dummy proof PSU range for anyone that needs monster power.
No cool video for this lot I’m afraid. Want feature list for the 1200w instead?
- True Single +12V output circuits
- High efficiency > 90%, meets 80 PLUSR GOLD Certification
- Full Japanese capacitor : Industrial Grade Component
- Complies with ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.92 version
- 2 x external fan connectors ready
- 6+2pin PCI-Express graphic card connector ready
- Dual-OTP (Over Temperature Protection)
- Quiet , long lasting 135mm HDB (Hydro dynamic Bearing) Fan
- Complete Protections: OCP (+-100A), OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP, UVP
- Multiple Safety Approved: OCP, CE, FCC, CB, UL, TUV, GOST, CCC
For more on that range, head here.
The little brother of both these ranges is of course the Aurum Xilenser, which is the cool and quiet end of the spectrum. Coming in iterations of 400 or 500w, don’t expect anything massive to be powered by these, but if you want a relatively powerful, near silent gaming rig, it could be what you’re looking for.
Each of these units is completely silent thanks to its “fanless technology” or otherwise known as passively cooled. It also features 80 Plus gold efficiency which helps ease the carbon sensitive mind as well as reducing power requirements across the board.
For a run down of those, head here.
The final PSUs that FSP were keen to show off were the +92 range. This is Platinum people, that means expensive, but it also means incredibly efficient. Its dubious whether the power savings over its several year lifetime will equal the usually inflated price tag of something like this, but it might make you feel better about slamming a couple of extra GPUs into your gaming rig.
The example on show at CeBIT was a 650w offering (though it will be available in 550w and 450w alternatives) that was powering an i5 2400k, 8GB of RAM, 560GTX Twin Froze, an SSD and a pair of 500GB HDDs. It will use a “hybrid synergy” rail design, full Japanese capacitor along with “industrial grade components.”
Thanks to FSP for having a chat with our correspondant, we’re always keen to learn about added efficiency. I know that sounds like it should be an innuendo for something but I swear it’s not. Really.