Reviews - Rosewill Fortress 750W
Sample Provided by: Rosewill (By Tazz on Wed, Sep-12-2012)

Page 5 - Conclusion and Scoring

Performance (40% of the final score) - The Fortress 750 brought several things to the table with it when it comes to performance. The regulation on this unit is rather good, with the +3.3V coming in under 2% while the +5V and +12V stayed at or under the 1% mark. Looking at the ripple suppression, our +12V came in under 50mV while the minor rails both came in under 25mV. When it came to hitting it's 80PLUS Platinum rating, we did have to keep our 1% error tolerance in play, but I'm not going to hold that against it. I think we are looking at a solid 9.5 here.

Functionality (20% of the final score) - First order of business is the fact that this unit isn't modular, which means a one point deduction right off the bat. Overall, I think the cable / connector count is about right for this unit. With the fully sleeved cables, it will help with clutter, as well as aesthetics. Like it's little brother, the manual on the Fortress is a bit lacking when it comes to specifications and will cost it a half point. I'm going to have to go with a 8.5 here.

Value (20% of the final score) - With this being NewEgg's house brand, I would expect it to be at the right price point and it is, $129.99. There are only four Platinum 750W units listed now, and of them, this is the cheapest by far ($30 cheaper). Hell, if we drop back to Gold rated units, this is still cheaper than 50% of them. What else can we do but give it a 10 here.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) - We definitely found an issue with our samples with the broken +12V strands. Rosewill still hasn't found any units showing the same signs as mine. The last I heard they are checking their stock in Taiwan, which is where my units came from but so far, this is looking to be an isolated issue. Nonetheless, both of these samples showed signs of broken strands on the +12V wires so I'm pulling a point off for that. I also feel that the soldering needs improved more in some areas than others, which leaves me pulling another point there. An here.

Performance

9.5

Functionality

8.5

Value

10

Build Quality

8

Total Score

9.1

Summary

Overall, I was really pleased with the performance we achieved with the Rosewill Fortress 750. I would have really liked to see the unit have either semi-modular or fully modular cabling. At the $129.99 price point, Rosewill had some wiggle room that would have still left them in a great position adding a little extra on to cover the modular connections. Although I found a few build quality issues, they didn't seem to affect the performance during testing. Although, though I have a feeling that the broken strands would have shown their ugly head a little later on in the life of this unit.

The Good:

  • Great voltage regulation.
  • 80PLUS Platinum rated.
  • Excellent price.
  • Great ripple suppression.

The Bad:

  • Broken strands one a pair of the 12V wires.

The Mediocre:

  • Soldering.
  • Manual.


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