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FSP Aurum Gold Pro 850W Power Supply

FSP Aurum Pro GoldAURUM Pro 850 provides true single rail 850W output power, featuring 135mm PWM long life HDB (Hydro Dynamic Bearing) fan for quiet operation and with Japanese capacitors for reliability. It also comes with Dual high efficiency transformers to deliver stable power and certifies with 80PLUS Gold rating for over 90% efficiency. For those of you that are active power users, system builders, and performance enthusiasts, FSP AURUM Pro 850 is your ideal solution for your gaming system or current PC upgrade.

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FSP Aurum Pro Gold

FSP Aurum Pro GoldAURUM Pro 850 provides true single rail 850W output power, featuring 135mm PWM long life HDB (Hydro Dynamic Bearing) fan for quiet operation and with Japanese capacitors for reliability. It also comes with Dual high efficiency transformers to deliver stable power and certifies with 80PLUS Gold rating for over 90% efficiency. For those of you that are active power users, system builders, and performance enthusiasts, FSP AURUM Pro 850 is your ideal solution for your gaming system or current PC upgrade.

Introduction to the FSP Aurum Gold Pro 850W Power Supply

FSP has been the leader in power supply manufacturing around the world for some time now. Apparently, they are so well known at producing such reliable power supplies they are the OEM manufacturer for several other companies. FSP has made a bigger name for them self as well with the release of the Aurum which we reviewed here. It was one of the first 80PLUS Gold rated power supplies reviewed on this site.

FSP has now release an update to the Aurum adding the ‘Pro’ to the end of the name. Just what does the new Pro model has to offer? Well, we are going to be finding out. But we will tell you this now the new model are mostly modular and have a single 12v rail.  And the unit still looks great. How about that for starters?

FSP’s take on the Aurum Pro

AURUM Pro Series power supply units is a single rail line-up of FSP Power Supply family with 80 PLUS Gold Certification (>90% efficiency). AURUM Pro Series combines premium quality and efficiency, making it the most ideal choice for those who seek for high performance, reliability and quality at the same time. AURUM PRO series power supply not only smaller in size but also offer best performance and protection to your system. AURUM Pro Series design with dual transformers to maximize efficiency and the arrow-shaped ventilation to provide remarkable air ventilation and super cooling performance. AURUM’s sleek design and unique rugged Granite-Touch finishing makes it a Power Supply you can count on for years to come.

AURUM Pro 850 provides true single rail 850W output power, featuring 135mm PWM long life HDB (Hydro Dynamic Bearing) fan for quiet operation and with Japanese capacitors for reliability. It also comes with Dual high efficiency transformers to deliver stable power and certifies with 80PLUS Gold rating for over 90% efficiency. For those of you that are active power users, system builders, and performance enthusiasts, FSP AURUM Pro 850 is your ideal solution for your gaming system or current PC upgrade.

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Specifications

COOLING Fan(s):

Single, 135mm HDB Hydro Dynamic Bearing Fan

TOTAL POWER OUTPUT:

850W TOTAL CONTINUOUS OUTPUT @ 40°C

OUTPUT CONNECTORS:

MAIN 24PIN, (1)8-PIN, (1)4+4 PIN, (8)PCI-E 6+2Pin,

 

(10)SATA, (6)MOLEX 4-PIN, (1)FDD 4-PIN, (2)Fan Connector

NVIDIA SLI SUPPORT:

YES

AMD/ATI CROSSFIRE SUPPORT:

YES

80PLUS CERTIFIED:

YES

MODULAR CABLE:

YES

SAFETY APPROVAL:

OCP, CE, FCC, CB, UL, TUV, GOST, CCC

MTBF:

100,000 HOURS @ TYPICAL

Unit Dimensions:

5.90” (W) x 7.0” (D) x 3.37” (H)

 

150mm(W) X 180mm (D) X 85.8mm (H)

Unit Weight:

5.32 LB (S)

Retail Package:

10.6″ (W) x 14.1″ (D) x 3.9″ (H) @ 9.33 lbs

  

INPUT SPECIFICATIONS:

  

Input Voltage:

115V AC to 230V AC, 47 ~ 63Hz

Power Factor Correction (PFC):

ACTIVE PFC | FULL RANGE

Input Current:

<13A @ 115 Vrms

 

<7A @ 230 Vrms

Input Protection:

Patented Input Fuse Protection

  

OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS:

  

+12V RAILS:

1

  

Output Voltage:

+3.3V DC

 

+5V DC

 

+12V DC

 

-12V DC

 

+5Vsb DC (Standby)

  

Output Current:

25A @ +3.3V DC

 

25A @ +5V DC

 

70A @ +12V DC

 

0.8A @ -12V DC

 

3.0A @ +5Vsb DC Standby

  

Output Protection:

Complete OVP, OCP, SCP Protection

Features

850-WATT | ATX 2.3 | EPS 2.92 | SLI Certified
Compatible with Latest Intel/AMD CPUs
SUPPORTS Intel® Core™ i3/ i5/ i7
ATI CrossFireX™ Certified
80 PLUS Gold Certified | High Efficiency > 90%
Quiet, long lasting 135mm HDB(Hydro Dynamic Bearing) Fan
Modular Cable Management System
Low Profile Flat Cabling System
True Single +12V output circuits
Industrial Grade Components
105 °C Japanese-Made Capacitor
Arrow-Shaped Ventilation Holes
Unique Rugged Granite-Touch Finishing
Thermal Coated (Black) with Gold Crown
2x external fan connectors
8x 6+2pin PCI-Express graphic card connectors
True Single Rail – Dual Transformer Matrix Design
Complete Protections: OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP, UVP
Energy Saver Standby @ 1-Watt
Safety Approvals: : OCP, CE, FCC, CB, UL, TUV, GOST, CCC

Closer look

The word on the streets (ok forums) that one 12v rail situation is better than the other. The situation what I am talking about is one single rail vs. multiple rails. If you listen to the internet ‘experts’, you know the ones that think they know everything because they have just two power supplies in the lifetime of their system and one happen to work a little better because the previous model was a piece of crap. One is definitely better according to these people.

But the true experts say one is not definitely better than the other. There are just better made power supplies on both end of the spectrum. It has been stated that single rail power supplies are cheaper to make due to the need of less components needed to split the rails (if that is the case for the PSU) or adding additional ‘true’ rails. So, my little rant concludes with saying you can’t go wrong with either.

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Now it is time to get on with the review of the FSP Aurum Pro Gold which just happens to be a single 12v rail unit.  The series consist of just three power supplies at the moment which are a 850W our review samples, 1000W and a behemoth 1200W model. This here along tells you that these beasts are meant for some heavy computing or gaming.

FSP’s is rated as Gold on the 80PLUS list. As it was able to maintain minimum requirements at different load levels, in the case of Gold that means 87% at 20% load, 90% at 50% and 87% at 100% load. Looking up some of the specs on this power supply we saw that FSP easiest has the most energy efficient power supplies on the list.

Like we stated before this is an 850w we are reviewing. According to its label there is a total of 70A on that single 12v rail. This is ample amounts of amperes to run a heavily packed gaming or enthusiast rig. the rest of the rails like the 3.3 and 5v are limited to 25A. It’s very basic power supply knowledge but I like how FSP indicate on the label that the 12v rail is dedicated to the CPU, PCIe and motherboard.

The power supply itself is far different from any OEM models you may have seen from them before. A matte black textured paint job covers the items and is dressed in gold accents. Visually, it looks like a perfect match for the newer Asrock Extreme and ECS Golden motherboards.

The unit is cooled by a large single 135mm cooling fan. The fan is a hydro bearing model that is PWM controlled. There are no specs on the website about the fan but we can tell you during the testing we heard nothing from the PSU.

The front of the PSU shows that the power supply is indeed semi-modular with the main connectors being permanent which are the ATX, dual PCIe and the EPS cables. And as far as the modular legs are concerned the connections of the PSU are all different eliminating mis-usage.

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There isn’t anything out of the norm with the cabling themselves. But this lower model 850W does come with a total of eight PCIe 6+2 pin connections. This is more than we have seen with many of the 1000 plus wattage models we have looked at.

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 (8) Pin EPS

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

Floppy

 

FSP Aurum Pro Gold 850W

1

1 (1)

6

10

8

1

 

Testing Begins

Test Hardware:
1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. FSP Aurum Pro Gold 850W
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so, but you cannot overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. We have a trusty digital multimeter. Those sites and the methods they use should be the true means of determining how good a power supply really is; however, we feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is also a valid measure of its performance.

Conclusion

To be honest we were not surprised to see the quality in which the Aurum Pro Gold from FSP has. When you are the OEM of choice for many other companies and have the longest list of power supplies on the PLUS80 site you must be doing some right. The Aurum Pro has the capacity to run the highest caliber of gaming system one could imagine. Covering the range of 850W to 1200W insures that.

We found the Aurum Pro Gold to be mostly quiet even in an open air environment. The numbers during our simple performance test shows that you cannot be a wring choice in picking the power supply up off the shelf in your favorite electronic store or ordering it from your favorite online retailer.

And speaking of online retailers we saw the unit going for $155 on Amazon and $170 on Newegg. Pricing itself under that of the Corsair HX850 and the NZXT Hale90 850 other pretty good power supplies according to the masses.

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