FSP Hexa HE-400 400W Power Supply

Most of the time, we test the big guns… the power supplies everyone wants. Nearly all of these units cost a fair bit of cash to get one, though. What happens when you only have a couple of twenty dollar bills in your pocket left, and you absolutely need a power supply today? FSP wants to help you out, there. Traditionally, FSP has always been the leader of the “cheap but still good” market. Today, I’m looking at a budget unit of theirs targeted at markets in the eastern hemisphere, the Hexa 400W. This is a 230V only unit not available in North America. Let’s see if FSP’s budget units from overseas stand up to our test methods.

PRODUCT: Hexa HE-400
PROD LINK: FSP’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $51.30 NZD @ elive
Price is at the time of testing!

Hello, and Howard Hughes today? Wait, that’s not right. Brain, we’re off to a bad start here… let’s try that one again, shall we?

How are you today? Good? Good. Today, I’ve got another special unit on the bench sent in by Testakraze from the forums. You may remember that last unit he sent from Ace Power being underwhelming enough to deserve an induction as a gutless wonder. Well, he’s still looking for solid budget units on the far side of the world that won’t blow themselves up or any computer hardware attached to them.

Today, we’re evaluating a unit from FSP, the Hexa HE-400. Though FSP is well known for budget units in North America, this does not appear to be one of the models targeted at us. So, what I’m most interested in finding out is whether or not FSP’s budget units in different parts of the world measure up to the ones we get here.

I believe I’ve said this before: FSP has always been pretty much my own go-to brand when it comes to bargain units in the past. They just always seem to work reliably at a price point where you usually find pure junk. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this unit maintains that tradition.

The box doesn’t have a lot of marketing on it, but it does have a little. Meet 80 Plus… we’re going to test for that one. In this day and age, my scoring system is already set up to require at least 80 Plus Standard compliance for units not certified to get away with no score deductions. Though this unit claims to meet that certification, there is no actual record of this unit at the 80 Plus site to verify these claims. So, we’ll be using my test equipment to do it exclusively.

Dual 12V outputs… wait, on a 400 watter? That’s kind of not necessary, isn’t it? This is precisely the power level at which dual 12V overcurrent protection becomes a bit of a drawback. It’s easy to max one out and not the other. We’ll just have to wait and see if the distribution of the two outputs makes any sense or not.

High reliable component. Complete protection. Safety approval. All good things.

Go to the website to learn more about this product, says this side of the box. Over and over and over.

Y’all will have to excuse my images again… in the process of trying to figure out my best lighting option for Mr. Nikon, I think I had him shooting at too high an ISO setting this time. Looks a mite grainy to me. But I digress.

Ooga-booga. Now I regress.

FSP power supply unit.


This unit doesn’t come with a lot of stuff… all I found in the box was a power supply, user guide, and a bag of threaded metal things you use to attach things to other things. I think they’re called “nails?”

The user guide is one of the most halfhearted attempts at a manual I’ve seen lately, but at least it’s something. And this something is printed in a bunch of languages, so you can read something in your native tongue. But no Klingon.