Good day to you, fellow power supply geeks. Shall we have a look at an FSP model today? It's been a while... roughly a year by my count. Yes, I know those EVGA GQ series units came out of the FSP factory, this is true, but I'm talking about FSP's own branded units. FSP is a pretty large company... they make a lot of different units for a lot of different markets. Today's Hydro G series unit may well be something we've never seen before.
Certainly, with a semi-fanless mode, 80 Plus Gold, and full modularity this is something I'm going to want to examine in more detail, and so I will.
Like all power supplies, this one comes with features and the box is only too happy to tell you about them. Most of it is pretty standard fare for the better stuff out there. You've got the usual wide array of protection circuits, Japanese capacitors, full modularity, and DC to DC design. This box also makes much of the server grade design features of the unit, so I am immediately expecting it to handle full power at fifty degrees. That's what the server market expects, so this thing had best allow that if it's making that claim.
Elsewhere on the box, we find an "FSP Power App" with a QR code being mentioned. I won't show you that app today, as I've been laid up sick for the past week and just don't have the time, but it's kind of cute. It has games, a product guide for FSP products, and a power supply calculator. The trouble is, it's basically worthless to yours truly. Everything in there aside from the games can be found online without the need to install an app, and I don't do a lot of gaming on my phone.
Even so, I did get a few minutes of amusement out of the game where you spin the power supply fan as fast as you can to make the little guy float in the air.
Moving on... oh, that's a great sign. FSP has indeed rated this unit at the industrial grade fifty degrees I wanted to see. Good, good, good. I like that they've also chosen to give us a little more than the average amount of standby power. More companies should do that, though they still need to be careful not to let the efficiency of the circuit drop too far.
A handy cable diagram is also found on the box, and I don't like what I'm seeing here. It looks like we have at least two Berg connectors hardwired to the normal modular cables. I hope the actual cables in the box don't have those. It's not too likely it will be any different, but I've had misprinted boxes before. Could happen. I'm hopeful.
FSP looks to have sent me the European retail package, which explains the North American power cord I found floating free in the shipping box. Let's unpack now.
Eh... what? FSP has apparently never been to Eastend, Saskatchewan, in winter. Power ends here all the time. Ice on the power line? We're dark for a day or more, dreaming about the food we used to be able to cook under fifty layers of blankets.
I'm being too hard on FSP. I know what they're saying. They just mean that their power supply will never stop providing juice for your computer. I like the confidence, especially because I still have a soft spot for FSP after all these years. Even in the dark days of the Epsilon, this is a company that knew how to keep their stuff in working order. Somehow, a lot of their low end stuff is cheap enough to compete with junk while not actually being junk. Mind you, I'd no sooner buy an FSP with third tier capacitors than I would from any other OEM. I've just been doing this reviewing stuff for too long to compromise one little bit.
Good gravy... I just realized I've been doing this for nine years and about two weeks. That's longer than the entire time I lived in Saskatoon, I think. Let me check. Yeah. Yeah, it is. I was there for about eight years and seven months before I moved to the southwest because my life was going nowhere at the time.
Getting back on track, we find a number of things inside the box. Some velcro tied modular cables, a Shuko power cord, a folder with stuff in it, some screws, and a power supply. I don't see a user guide.
Let's see what's in that folder.
Oh, there's the user guide. The tiny, tiny user guide. I also see a sheet with recycling tips in several languages as well as the extra stickers for the unit the box mentioned. I like the sticker idea a lot... stickers are cheap and give the user a way to tailor the looks of the unit to his own personal preferences.
Here's the manual. It's not so good, and in print so small you can barely see it, but it's better than nothing. I guess.
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