Tuesday, August 26th 2008

ARCTIC COOLING Introduces its First PSU - Fusion 550R

The Swiss cooling solutions provider ARCTIC COOLING, which is famous for its low noise cooling-solutions for CPUs and GPUs is presenting its first power supply unit - the Fusion 550R. In a close cooperation with Seasonic, ARCTIC COOLING has developed a PSU that not only fulfils highest demands but is at the same time virtually silent and highly efficient.


The new 550 Watt PSU follows the default ATX-Form-Factor and thus will fit into every ATX PC-Case. It fulfils the ATX 2.2 specifications and can offer a continuous power of 500 Watt - enough for every Highend System. Equipped with two 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe connectors the PSU is ideal for powering a Crossfire- or SLi-setup.

High Efficiency = Less Power Loss = Quiet Cooling
With an efficiency of at least 81 to 86%, less heat is generated inside the PSU. As a result of this a single 80-mm-fan is enough to cool the PSU. The rubber-mounted fan is spinning in a range between 700 and 2000 RPM making it virtually silent. Additionally to this the PSU comes along with two external fan-connectors giving the possibility to control the case ventilation based on load and temperature and thus lowers the noise level of the complete system to an absolute minimum.

Effective energy-use preserves nature and saves money
By making appreciated use of natural resources, especially energy you can contribute to lower CO²-Emissions. Additionally you save electricity cost of about 100 €, so the Fusion 550R is a true Payment Saving Unit.

Save and stable PSU
With a PFC-factor of 99 % and two separated 12-volt-rails, which are supporting each other if necessary the Arctic Fusion 550R is a very save PSU, that manages to come along with highest demands. The overload, overvoltage and short-circuit protection safeguards the hardware as well as the user from damage.

The Fusion 550R offers a 3-year limited warranty. It will be available mid September 2008. The MSRP is US$94.95 and 59,95€ (excl VAT).Source: Arctic Cooling
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13 Comments on ARCTIC COOLING Introduces its First PSU - Fusion 550R

#1
alexp999
Staff
Nice, but I dont get why the fan is monted outside of the PSU. Would it allow more air to be drawn in?
Glad they have used seasonic, and for that price, it'll be a good contender against corsair PSU's.
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King Wookie
by: alexp999
Nice, but I dont get why the fan is monted outside of the PSU. Would it allow more air to be drawn in?
Glad they have used seasonic, and for that price, it'll be a good contender against corsair PSU's.
I think it has to do with the design of their fan. It apparently pulls in air from the side as well.
I have no idea how well that works though.
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#3
tkpenalty
by: King Wookie
I think it has to do with the design of their fan. It apparently pulls in air from the side as well.
I have no idea how well that works though.
That concept works fine, it pulls more air as the guard around it is not blocking the suction. The guard that goes around the fan is for safety purposes you know? Less surfaces for the air to rub agains also means less turbulence and less noise.

Their choice of seasonic = WIN.
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King Wookie
by: tkpenalty


Their choice of seasonic = WIN.
+1:rockout:
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#5
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Looks pretty cool. I like the external fan. That way you can replace it easier if it fails!
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#7
Shurakai
Thanks to the design, imagine how easy it'll be if you need to replace the fan :D

Edit: Second thoughts, the cable will still be a problem, ah well, that's what i get for jumping the gun

Edit2: Unless it's outside the two external connectors, that'd be awesome
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#8
OnBoard
Nice price, now more people should afford a quality PSU.

Only think weird is, where do the cables go? Surely they'll add more pics soon, but don't like it when they (everyone) photoshops cables out of press photos.
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#9
lemonadesoda
I dont like the design at all.

1./ An external mounted fan increases the size of the device... and is more likely to block against something

2./ Surely this fan pushes are in... but it is more efficient to pull air in with an internally mounted fan? Why? Air spill. Much air will just get pushed sideways and not make it into the fan.

3./ Much better is an EXIT fan that pushes air OUT. And to do this in such a way that on a medium or low powered system, no case fans are needed... the air gets pulled into the PSU and out the back by the PSU fan.

4./ The efficiency ratios are OK, but nothing spectacular. There are better ones out in the market.

Disappointing for a good company. But then again, this is NOT their specialty, so they will have a china or taiwan OEM make it, and then just slap a Arctic cooler on the back and call it "Arctic".
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alexp999
Staff
by: lemonadesoda
I dont like the design at all.

1./ An external mounted fan increases the size of the device... and is more likely to block against something

2./ Surely this fan pushes are in... but it is more efficient to pull air in with an internally mounted fan? Why? Air spill. Much air will just get pushed sideways and not make it into the fan.

3./ Much better is an EXIT fan that pushes air OUT. And to do this in such a way that on a medium or low powered system, no case fans are needed... the air gets pulled into the PSU and out the back by the PSU fan.

4./ The efficiency ratios are OK, but nothing spectacular. There are better ones out in the market.

Disappointing for a good company. But then again, this is NOT their specialty, so they will have a china or taiwan OEM make it, and then just slap a Arctic cooler on the back and call it "Arctic".
Agree with you on the fan, but this PSu is made by Seasonic :rockout:
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#11
timta2
I think it looks great and might be willing to buy one in the future if there are higher powered versions. The Arctic Cooler 7 in my machine has really made me become fond of AC.
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#12
OnionMan
It's an external fan, but the fan still sits inside the PC case right? Wouldn't like it if the fan hangs outside the back of my case.. IDK, just seemed like some might think this fan hangs out the back of the case and pulls air in (unlike 99% of all other PSU's that push air out the back)..
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I dont know if it will compete with Corsairs psus. Their 650 and 750w which offer more and better are a tad bit more than the 94.99 USD street price. I like the look and all that but I dont know...
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