A lot of companies are in the PSU game, which is why it’s important to make sure the one you’re buying is a good one. Or at least, one that won’t damage your system. Because that can happen with a cheap unit and while here at XSR we might not have all the fancy testing facilities of the bigger boys, we can make sure that yours won’t overload your components at the first opportunity.
So today I’m looking at the FSP Raider, the 550w baby version. Let’s throw it into our test setup and see how it gets on.
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Since HardwareSecrets gave us all a beating on our PSU review practices a few years ago, many – including ourselves – have been reduced to doing Previews and Unboxings to keep ourselves honest; we didn’t have the equipment to do things properly, so we wern’t going to be false about it.
The problem with PSU reviews, is that a proper load tester, costs a lot of money; more than this humble review site can afford. What we can do though, is bug companies like BeQuiet to buy some testing kit for us. They didn’t get us a Chroma system, but we did get a DS1M12 oscilloscope. That lets us get back in the game somewhat.
So here we go [...]
Thanks to all those that entered. This competition is now closed.
The winners are:
Ian Astley – Cooler Master Silencio 550 case
Anupa Somasiri – Cooler Master GX 550w PSU
Joan Sawka – Cooler Master Sentinal gaming mouse
Hot off the back of our Steelseries competition, we’ve teamed up with the guys over at Cooler Master to give you the chance to win some more hardware. Up for grabs today we have the Silencio 550 case, the GX 550w PSU and the Storm Sentinal gaming mouse.
Now we did say that the next competition would be a bit different, but Cooler Master really liked the Facebook “like” idea, so [...]
The power supply is a part of your system you certainly don’t want to skimp on, a low quality PSU can malfunction and possibly cause damage to the rest of your fancy hardware, not good. With this in mind, today we’re previewing/unboxing a power supply from Seventeam. No review on this, I’m afraid, as we don’t have the required hardware to properly test the unit. We could blag it, but HardwareSecrets would never let us get away with it.Specifications
● Meets ATX 12V V2.3 standard ● Full range voltage: 100-240Vac ● Active PFC ( power factor correction) > 0.99 ● High Standard compatibility: Support High performance SLI VGA [...]
Since Hardware Secrets made us all look a little silly a few years ago, without access to the full test setups that the big sites and PSU manufacturers have, XSR has backed off its PSU reviews to instead make them unboxing-previews.
Please bare in mind that this preview of the Cougar CMX 550w will not include any performance numbers.Specifications FeaturesEXTREMELY HIGH EFFICIENCYUp to 89% of efficiency, compliant with 80-PLUS® Bronze @115V efficiency requirement .DC-DC TECHNOLOGY (1000CMX/1200CMX)DC-DC technology provides highest efficiency, most stable performance, and perfect regulation (Regulation [...]