Once upon a time, yours truly looked at and reviewed a blueberry. It's been a while since I reviewed that FSP Blue Storm II 500W, but at last the adventure continues with the Everest 900W I have in front of me today. The Everest series is a recent development from FSP, and is one of their newer modular offerings. While this model has recently qualified for 80 Plus certification, it would appear that my sample predates that. We'll have to see what transpires in the load testing later on. But for now, we'll get things rolling with some cardboard
The front of the box doesn't have too much information on it, but it does certainly draw the eye. There are logos proclaiming it SLI ready and RoHS compliant, along with another interesting one proclaiming "true total power." As opposed to false total power, I guess. I'm hoping that means the unit can do 900W cleanly... we shall see. I have to say that at one time, I was a huge FSP fanboy. I recommended them all the time as units that did a pretty decent job at a good price. I even bought one of their biggest units back in the day, a 530W monster that four years later still performs like new.
In recent times, FSP has fallen quite a bit in my eyes thanks to the mediocre Epsilon platform. We've looked at that platform before, in the OCZ GameXStream 700W and then again in my capacitor article. Part of the problem was, that platform never seemed to keep noise in the outputs under control. Indeed, they were even rated by FSP as being outside the 120mV ATX specification on the 12V. I am especially curious about this unit for the simple reason that it is an evolution of that noisy platform. I really, really hope that FSP gives me good reason to go back to being a fanboy with this unit.
Another facet of the box lists the cabling on the unit, modular and non modular. The opposing side, which I didn't get a shot of, contains yet more fancy logos for things like quad 12V topology, lighted power switch, and 120mm fan.
The back of the box contains the bullet points listed in the above shot in no less than six languages. Down towards the bottom out of sight, there's a load table with a little chart of connector counts next to it. I hope you folks will forgive me if I don't show the rest of it, as it's mostly redundant and I ended up taking more shots than usual of the actual unit. I confess I was also tired of looking at the fancy cardboard, anxious to see the unit inside.
Opening up the box for the first time, one immediately gets a good view of the blue bottom of the unit itself surrounded by cardboard, cardboard, and more cardboard. It must have been an exciting time at the box factory the day FSP designed the packing for this unit, for surely these units are putting some of those employees' children through university. I wonder how many trees died for this unit alone. Let's go ahead and unpack this puppy.
Old Everest certainly brought some friends along, didn't he? First, just above the unit, we have a black bag for cable storage. Inside this bag, I found several white zip ties and a smaller bag holding some black thumbscrews and an FSP case badge. To the right of the unit, you can see the bundle of SATA and Molex connector modular cables that came with the unit. Finally, at the bottom of the picture, there is a fancy looking but barely adequate owner's manual next to the modular 6+2 pin PCI-E cables and power cord.
I must admit, for a 24 page owner's manual, I was expecting a bit more from it. There's a brief installation guide, some connector diagrams, and a very brief section describing the essential specs. This is given in six languages. No info with a de-rating curve in there, which has haunted previous high end FSP units. However, this information is present in the datasheet at FSP's US website. 900W at 25 degrees, 850W at 40 degrees, de-rate 3.3W per degrees Celsius after 25 degrees.
This means that my hot box, should it reach 50 degrees, will be effectively running this unit out of spec by 82.5 watts. But, guess what? I plan to treat this unit like every other unit that crosses the test bench. I won't be playing favorites with this unit by not stressing it like everything else I review. Y'all best get ready now, because page two is certain to become very interesting as a result.
Our first look at the power supply proper shows us a vista of endless blue. Blue like the sky. Blue like the Blue Storm II I mentioned earlier. Blue like Eiffel 65. Blue like me, now that I have that song stuck in my head again. The power supply is so blue, in fact, that it has reflected its blueness all over my white photography bedsheet.
In contrast to all this blue is the fan grille, which is done in a tacky looking not quite gold, not quite bronze.
Turning the unit around, we can see the modular connector panel next to where the hardwired cables come out. As you can see, these connectors are grouped by pin counts, so it's easy to see what cables go where. A small label beneath these connectors declares the purpose of each one. I'm not sure if you can make it out, but "FSP Group" is stamped into the side of the unit in large letters. Let me just turn this around here and get you a better picture.
Here's our load table for the day. As you can see, it's done in a combination of light blue and white that immediately causes the eyes to bleed. Maybe I should have had you go get some dark glasses before looking at that picture. Or, maybe I should have done up a picture of a big white rectangle. It would have been nearly as readable. In small print, 12V total output is given as a combined 70A on this unit.
Being an active PFC design, AC input voltage can be anywhere between 110V and 240V AC, according to the eye gouging label.
Forsooth! Good Tenta-cles dost lie prone on yonder table. Verily he dreams ever and anon of electrical things upon his bed of linen. I never was much a Shakespeare guy, so I'll stop the madness right there. But it certainly seems like we get a whole heaping plateful of connectors with this unit. I'll gather them all into a table for you.
Type of connector:
FSP Everest 900W
4 x 2 12V Xeon/EPS connector (500mm)
2 x 2 12V connectors (500mm)
2 x 3 PCIe (500mm)
ATX connector (500mm)
5.25" Drive connectors (450mm+120mm+120mm)
3.5" Drive connectors (+120mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (500mm)
165mm x 150mm x 86mm
*EPS12V connector is modular 4+4 pin type
**PCI-E connectors are modular 6+2 pin type
FSP's cabling makes me giggle a bit. Or, it could be this Weird Al CD. Or, it could be those empty paint cans and solvent tins over there. I'll carry them outside to the shed in a sec. But take a look at the above table... we have a modular EPS12V connector and an ATX12V connector. That's mighty redundant. But, for those who don't want to clutter their case with only half of a modular EPS12V being used, this could be a good thing.
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