FSP Aurum 600 Watt 80+ Gold Power Supply

Posted by on Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 5:05am

fsp aurum 600Our next power supply sample just so happens to be one of those 80 PLUS Gold certified unit, the new FSP Aurum 600 . The Aurum (Latin for gold) is a quad 12V rail and is one of four models released in this series. The other three models are 400W, 500W and 700W, all of which carry the Gold rating, making them the flagship power supply for FSP.

 

Introduction to the FSP Aurum 600 Gold

The power supply is probably the most overlooked pieces of PC hardware for DIY builds and upgrades. Often we see people purchase some pretty high end PC components i.e. powerful graphic cards, expensive motherboards and a nice multiple core processor. Then, they go and look for the cheapest, highest wattage power supply they can get their hands on, thinking it's going to be a high end product. The 1000 watt PSUs that are $60 will not be worth the pain and suffering you will endure when you have to replace one of those expensive parts, because the power supply you decide to skimp on did not have the protection circuits or quality components to keep your system safe and the PSU a long service life.

When it comes to this line of thinking, these same people tend to also think that the technology behind a power supply has not changed. Yet, if you take a quick peek at one of the well respected PSU manufacturer's site you will be amazed at the vast level of protection they posses. Another important aspect that has been gaining more importance is the unit's overall power efficiency.

80PLUS is a US-based third-party organization that measures the efficiency levels of a power supply. Manufacturer's send in their new units to be put under strict testings, and then only power supplies that can achieve no less than 80% efficiency across all load levels are given an "80 PLUS" certification for passing. Over time as designs have improved, we have seen more and more rating levels introduced, which now include: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and now Platinum as of more recently. Each level requires the unit to have a minimum efficiency, at a certain load. 80+ Gold for example requires the PSU be able to have 87/90/87% efficiency at load levels of 20/50/100% (respectfully). Basically meaning that at any given time the power supply should only be losing 13% of energy during conversion (of 120V AC to 12/5/3.3V DC) in the form of heat, which ultimately means costing less to run your computer.

Our next power supply sample just so happens to be one of those 80 PLUS Gold certified units: the new FSP Aurum 600 . The Aurum (Latin for gold) is a quad 12V rail and is one of four models released in this series. The other three models are 400W, 500W and 700W, all of which carry the Gold rating, making them the flagship power supply for FSP.

FSP’s take on the Aurum

AURUM Series, a brand new line-up of FSP Power Supply family that meets 80 PLUS Gold Standard with 90% efficiency. AURUM Series is a perfect combination of premium quality and efficiency, making it the most ideal choice for those who seek for state of the art technology and environmental friendliness at the same time.


Specifications

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:

   

COOLING Fan(s):

Single, 120mm PWM Controlled FDB Fan

TOTAL POWER OUTPUT:

600W TOTAL CONTINUOUS OUTPUT @ 40°C

OUTPUT CONNECTORS:

MAIN 20+4PIN, (1)4+4 PIN, (3)PCI-E 6+2Pin,

 

(6)SATA, (4)MOLEX 4-PIN, (1)FDD 4-PIN

NVIDIA SLI SUPPORT:

YES

AMD/ATI CROSSFIRE SUPPORT:

YES

80PLUS CERTIFIED:

YES

MODULAR CABLE:

N/A

SAFETY APPROVAL:

CE, FCC, CB, UL, TUV

MTBF:

100,000 HOURS @ TYPICAL

   

INPUT SPECIFICATIONS:

   

Input Voltage:

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

Power Factor Correction (PFC):

ACTIVE PFC | FULL RANGE

Input Current:

8.0A @ 115 Vrms, 63 Hz.

 

4.0A @ 230 Vrms, 53 Hz.

Input Protection:

Patented Input Fuse Protection

   

OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS:

   

+12V RAILS:

4

   

Output Voltage:

+3.3V DC

 

+5V DC

 

+12V1 DC

 

+12V2 DC

 

+12V3 DC

 

+12V4 DC

 

-12V DC

 

+5Vsb DC (Standby)

   

Output Current:

24/6A @ +3.3V DC

 

12.1/24A@ +5V DC

 

18A @ +12V1 DC

 

18A @ +12V2 DC

 

18A @ +12V3 DC

 

18A @ +12V4 DC

 

0.5A @ -12V DC

 

3.5A @ +5Vsb DC Standby

   

Output Protection:

Complete OVP, OCP, SCP Protection

   

Unit Size:

5.88” (W) x 6.50” (D) x 3.38” (H)

Unit Weight:

4.25 LB (S)

Retail Package:

11.8" (W) x 3.94" (D) x 8.66" (H) @ 5.77 lbs

Features 600-WATT | ATX 2.3 | EPS 2.92
COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST INTEL/AMD CPUs
SUPPORTS Intel® Core™ i7
ATI CROSSFIRE X CERTIFIED
ULTRA HIGH EFFICIENCY @90%+ | 80+ GOLD LEVEL CERTIFIED
120mm PWM CONTROLLED FDB FAN
4 +12V OUTPUT CIRCUITS
INDUSTRIAL GRADE COMPONENT
ARROW-SHAPED VENTILATION HOLES
ENERGY SAVER STANDBY @ 1-WATT
THERMAL COATED (BLACK) CASING WITH GOLD CROWN
SECURE ON/OFF POWER SWITCH
SAFETY APPROVAL: CE, FCC, CB, UL, TUV


Closer look

The overall design of the Aurum is one that we find unique and really pleasing. Painted a matte black top with a ring of gold around the fan inlet makes the Aurum one of the better looking power supplies on the market. Looking physically smaller than the standard size power supply, the Aurum measures 6.5” long which means it is suitable for smaller cases, like thoes especially made for HTPC setups.

The Aurum is cooled by a 120mm PWM-controller fan. According to FSP’s website this is a fluid dynamic bearing equipped fan that is meant to be quiet and very durable.

Unique about the Aurum is the Arrow-shaped ventilation holes on the rear of the casing. FSP's site says this design "takes advantage of aero dynamics and physical properties of hot air to improve and speed up hot air extraction."  We shall see soon enough if that really will help with load temps! But either way, if anything they look pretty snazzy at least.

FSP placed the specification sticker on the top of the power supply in order to provide a cleaner look when gazing at the inside of the PC from the side. We see that the Aurum has a potential power draw 72A for the quad 12V rails, which are governed (by OCP) by FSP's own "MIA IC (Multiple Intelligence Ability)" chip. FSP even indicates which of the rails each cable goes to.

The thing about the Aurum series that some will like, and some not, is they are not a modular unit, so all cables are permanently attaching to the unit. Each cable is covered in protective black nylon sleeve, which extends all the way into the housing. [Editor's Note: Something I feel is a nice touch, though relatively unimportant, is the inclusion of a velcro strap. Something one might not think about, but is nice to have so to keep any unused cables up and out of the path of airflow.]

Cables

20/4 Pin ATX

4 pin AUX

4+4 Pin AUX

4 Pin Molex

SATA

Floppy

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

FSP Aurum 600

1

0

1

4

6

1

0

3


Testing Hardware: Motherboard: Gigabyte P67A-UD4
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz w/ 1.3 voltages
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 1333 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: FSP Aurum 600
Case: Open air
Cooling: Thermaltake Jing

Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so, but you can not 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 multi-meter. 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

The looks of the FSP Aurum series will easily appeal to many of the would-be PC builders out there, as well as those of us who are in the market for a new power supply. The combination of black and gold makes it a real looker, without being overly flashy. In this case the style and performance go hand and hand, with the 80+ Gold certification matching the gold trim, which can’t be said about all power supplies.

The peak level of 72A across the quad 12V rails and maximum unit output of 600 is enough to run most mid-range video cards in SLI or Crossfire (which this unit is certified for), or single higher end cards like the Radeon HD 6970 or GTX 570.

The FSP Aurum offers many protections against overvoltage, undervoltage, overcurrent and overtemperature. All of these should make anyone confident in purchasing one of these units. If that is not enough, then the unit is still backed by a five year warranty right from FSP.

FSP sells the Aurum directly for $115, which makes it slightly more expensive than most other 600W power supplies. However, one must remember these other 600W units are likely not Gold 80PLUS certified either!

The Aurum does not come in a modular option, nor does it currently come in a models larger than 700 watts. So cable management and powering the extreme gaming machines may be an issue. So those with higher wattage requirements will have to wait for a higher output model to arrive, which will hopefully bring a modular model or two also.

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