Wednesday, March 4th 2020

Seasonic Rolls Out its First Connect 750W Power Supply

Way back in Computex 2019, Seasonic showed us the Connect, a concept PC power-supply that greatly de-clutters your build's power cabling spaghetti by introducing the Connect device. This is essentially a power connector spinal back-plane that runs along the height of your tower, with shorter cables emerging from it. The company announced the product's market release with a 750-Watt model, the SSR-750FA. The contraption connects to the main unit through fewer, high-gauge cables.

The business-end of the Seasonic Connect SSR-750FA is a slightly modified Prime 750 W, which is just 14 cm long, and has just the high-gauge cable emerging from it, which leads to the Connect module. Under the hood, the Prime 750 W offers single +12V rail design, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, DC to DC switching, most common electrical protection mechanisms, and a 135 mm fluid dynamic bearing fan to keep cool. Downstream connectivity of the SSR-750FA include a 24-pin ATX, two 4+4 pin EPS, four 6+2 pin PCIe power, 8-10 SATA power, and up to three 4-pin Molex. Seasonic is backing this PSU with a 10-year warranty.
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30 Comments on Seasonic Rolls Out its First Connect 750W Power Supply

#1
Chaitanya
Looks quite interesting, will be looking to read reviews from usual sources.
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#2
Ferrum Master
Pretty useless product...

Instead of making a PSU, that has terminals on the side, thus masked and not seen and more easily manageable on the case backside...

It really defeats the purpose. It needs custom cables also for this. Making the them proper length in the first place delivers the same result aesthetically. WITHOUT THE ADDED COST.
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#3
Mussels
Moderprator
I want that new PSU standard to come with this built in, PSU connects to case, case has wiring coming out at the appropriate points
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#4
delshay
Sooner want to see this company do a digital PSU.
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#6
Hasan5164
interesting innovation, i hope the pricing is reasonable
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#7
Animalpak
This needs a compatibility list of PC cases that allows you to mount that extension part correctly.

The idea is amazing btw.
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#8
Bones
I'll be honest, looks like trouble to me.
Until this has been proven as reliable I'll stick with the usual.
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#9
bug
Animalpak
This needs a compatibility list of PC cases that allows you to mount that extension part correctly.

The idea is amazing btw.
That's what I was thinking, too. It can be pretty neat, but not all cases will have the space behind the motherboard to mount that. Or even the screw holes?
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#10
bonehead123
Nice idea, but Seasonic seems to be making ALOT of assumptions with this product, such as:

A) Everyone's case has the necessary space behind the mobo tray (or somewhere else) to mount the strip
B) All your components are located in the bog-standard locations, whereby those REALLY short, custom made cables will be long enough to reach them (more unlikely in EATX/super/micro cases)
C) That everyone will want to swap out a standard set of standard length/sized cables, which allow for some flexibility to secure/tuck/hide them in various ways/places, for their custom cables that won't really allow for this, and won't really reduce cable clutter all that much...
D) That nobody will care that they will have ZERO options for the orientation/location of the strip, since the cable from the psu to the strip will always have to be routed according to where the psu is....

Also they don't mention the price for all of this "innovation", which will most likely be a good bit higher than a standard psu, based on the pics posted with the announcement..like the costs of the strip itself + the custom made cables....

Good luck with that :laugh:
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#11
bug
@bonehead123 b, c, d: Connectors are pretty standard on an ATX board (which is what needing a tower case suggest this is for). 24 pin ATX next to the RAM slots, 8 and 4pin ATX on the edge, next to the VRMs, GPU goes in the usual location. Only the storage can be placed a little creatively, but it's usual in its own corner of the case or in its dedicated compartment. In the latter case (pun intended), I don't think this accessory will do a good job.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure not all cases even have the cable routing holes ;)
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#12
TheLostSwede
I guess no-one else noticed that it's attached with magnets, not screws... As such, no special mounting holes are needed.
Interesting idea, but I don't think this is the correct approach. I'm much more interested in the upcoming 12V only PSUs over this.
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#13
Th3pwn3r
Personally I don't see the point in this because we already have modular power supplies. I just want super efficient and quiet psu. Or heat management or something like that. At least it's not more RGB crap I guess...
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TheLostSwede
I guess no-one else noticed that it's attached with magnets, not screws... As such, no special mounting holes are needed.
Interesting idea, but I don't think this is the correct approach. I'm much more interested in the upcoming 12V only PSUs over this.
Yup, missed the magnets. Smart idea, indeed.
Th3pwn3r
Personally I don't see the point in this because we already have modular power supplies. I just want super efficient and quiet psu. Or heat management or something like that. At least it's not more RGB crap I guess...
The point is shorter cables and less routing.
You want quiet, Seasonic just released 3 new fanless PSUs ;)
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#15
Chomiq
Mussels
I want that new PSU standard to come with this built in, PSU connects to case, case has wiring coming out at the appropriate points
The only downside to this would be potential for shoddy wiring by case manufacturer.
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#16
MDWiley
I really love this concept. Hopefully this catches on and more options become available for wattage and form factor.
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#17
bonehead123
bug
@bonehead123 b, c, d: Connectors are pretty standard on an ATX board (which is what needing a tower case suggest this is for). 24 pin ATX next to the RAM slots, 8 and 4pin ATX on the edge, next to the VRMs, GPU goes in the usual location. Only the storage can be placed a little creatively, but it's usual in its own corner of the case or in its dedicated compartment. In the latter case (pun intended), I don't think this accessory will do a good job.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure not all cases even have the cable routing holes ;)
Well, board connector locations may be relatively standardized, but what about the board's orientation ?

And as a super tower user, I can tell you that the cables that come with this psu would never reach some of my components, especially my GPU & fan controller...

As for routing holes, most cases have at least 1 or 2, but that doesnt mean they are located in places that would allow these cables sufficient reach the components that they need to connect to...
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bug
bonehead123
Well, board connector locations may be relatively standardized, but what about the board's orientation ?

And as a super tower user, I can tell you that the cables that come with this psu would never reach some of my components, especially my GPU & fan controller...

As for routing holes, most cases have at least 1 or 2, but that doesnt mean they are located in places that would allow these cables sufficient reach the components that they need to connect to...
This is squarely aimed at tower cases. Of course it won't work in a super tower any more than it would work in my compact tower. Motherboard rotation shouldn't be a problem, you can rotate this thing 180°.
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#19
DeathtoGnomes
Mussels
I want that new PSU standard to come with this built in, PSU connects to case, case has wiring coming out at the appropriate points
I see where your going with this, I like it. That could lead to some interesting new case designs, hide the main PSU anywhere, say in a drive bay and just run the wall plug cord discreetly out a bottom corner.

Maybe this will be a turning point for PSU vendors to include 90° connectors or jumpers with new purchases too.
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#20
thesmokingman
This seems like a fix to problem that isn't really broken.
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#21
Th3pwn3r
bug
Yup, missed the magnets. Smart idea, indeed.

The point is shorter cables and less routing.
You want quiet, Seasonic just released 3 new fanless PSUs ;)
So instead of cables being behind the mobo it's a huge block that isn't flexible...
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#22
gamefoo21
I won't lie that's an intriguing design, though I think making the panel detachable would greatly improve it's flexibility.

As it stands it's kind of limited to the cases and designs it works with.
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#23
Nater
thesmokingman
This seems like a fix to problem that isn't really broken.
I like it. It's a complete pain in the ass to add/remove modular cables in cases that have the lower PSU chamber. This is far more ergonomic.

This is one of those "There's no reason not to and why did it take this long" things.

Of course, maybe I'm biased as I went with a Fractal Define R6 on my last build.
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#24
Assimilator
Something important from the product page, that you should probably add @btarunr :

[quote=Seasonic]
The Seasonic CONNECT is comprised of two linked products. One is the Seasonic PRIME 750 W 80 PLUS® Gold certified power supply]So the actual PSU is an (almost) pure 12V design, while the backplane is the DC-to-DC converters. What surprises me is that Seasonic didn't use the opportunity to ship a fanless PSU, as I imagine that if not for the fan, it could physically be a lot smaller.
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#25
TechLurker
This looks like it's intended to be used with those who also have invested in Custom Cabling, where both colored extensions and colored full-length cables exist and can easily work with both the short cables and direct to the Seasonic power strip.

The idea has merit; but i'd like to see some high-end cases have a "power distribution center" integrated on the back. Like; one just plugs in a full 12V PSU to the integrated center, then the center has all the ports for plugging in the necessary cables to whatever needs it; reducing some of the cable clutter and allowing use of shorter extension cables. Or failing that, a clean pass-through block, where one just plugs the PSU to the appropriate ports, and then on the motherboard side just plug in whatever extensions or custom cables is necessary to power what's on that side. Sort of like one or two of the custom Origin PCs that integrated the power distribution block in the wall separating the cable side from the motherboard side.
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