Aerocool Project 7 PSU 650 W Review 9

Aerocool Project 7 PSU 650 W Review

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Introduction

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We would like to thank Aerocool for supplying the review sample.



Aerocool decided to add a high-end PSU series to their Project 7 product mix and teamed up with TechPowerUp for its 650 W offering. This unit's platform is by Andyson, and we at TPU set all the requirements and put the unit through numerous hours of beta testing before giving it the green light for production. We made sure this PSU would offer high performance while operating quietly and featuring a long hold-up time and an accurate power ok signal. Moreover, all protection features, including OTP, are included, and inrush current is notably lower than with the original platform. We also made sure to optimize its cable configuration and included a quality cooling fan. Aerocool even added RGB functionality and made sure to house everything inside a sightly PSU chassis.

Aerocool has made a point of paying additional attention to its newly released Project 7 lineup, which not only includes PSUs, but cases, gaming chairs, and cooling solutions. All Project 7 products feature a readily distinguishable look and RGB lighting (even the gaming chair has RGB lighting) and mostly address enthusiast users who are able to spend a bit more on acquiring high-end products.

The Project 7 PSU line consists of three members with capacities ranging from 650-850 W. Only the lowest capacity unit is co-developed with TPU, but all are certified for efficiency and noise by Cybenetics, a newcomer to the field with a promise of more accurate and detailed results than 80 PLUS, which has until recently been the only PSU efficiency certification agency for well over a decade.

Specifications

Features & Specs
Model NumberAerocool ACP-650P7
Max. DC Output650W
PFCActive PFC
EfficiencyETA-B, 80 Plus Platinum
NoiseLAMBDA-A++
ModularYes (Fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State SupportYes
Operating temperature0°C - 50°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling140 mm LED fan (CD1425M12F, 12 V, 0.24 A, 1623 RPM, FDB)
Semi-passive operationYes
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 160 mm (D)
Weight2.1 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty7 years
MSRP$125
This PSU is very efficient, as we can see by the way of the ETA-B rating and 80 PLUS Platinum badge. It is also dead-silent, earning it a LAMBDA-A++ rating from Cybenetics, which is the best in its noise-certification scale. The unit's specifications even include a fully modular cable design, semi-passive mode, 50°C rating, and full set of protections.

The dimensions are normal for a 650W unit, and the provided warranty is quite long at seven years. Finally, given this product's high-end features, its MSRP is as expected.

Aerocool ACP-650FP7 Power Specs
Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. Power20A20A54A3A0.5A
120W648W15W6W
Total Max. Power650W
The +12V rail can deliver up to 54 A, while the minor rails deliver up to 100 W combined, which is more than enough for a modern system. With 3 A maximum current output, the 5VSB rail is also strong enough.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)Gauge
ATX connector 20+4 pin (600 mm)1116-20AWG
4+4 pin EPS12V (700 mm)1116AWG
8 pin EPS12V (700 mm)1116AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (600 mm) 4418AWG
SATA (610 mm+150 mm+150 mm)2618AWG
SATA (610 mm+150 mm) / 4 pin Molex (+150 mm+150 mm)12 / 218AWG
4 pin Molex (600 mm+150 mm+150 mm+150 mm)1418AWG
FDD Adapter (+200 mm)1120AWG
GRB DC Adapter (710 mm+110 mm)1126AWG
Following through on our demands, Aerocool equipped the ACP-650FP7 with two EPS connectors and four PCIe connectors, with all of them being available at the same time. The best part is that all PCIe connectors are on dedicated cables to make sure there are no major voltage drops, as is usually the case with cables that have two PCIe connectors each. Finally, the number of peripheral connectors is adequate for a mid-capacity PSU.

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to comment on when it comes to its power distribution.

Packaging


The box is large and features a nice graphics design. At its front is the PSU with its modular panel, shown against a pretty dark backdrop. What does draw one's attention at the front is the "In collaboration with TechPowerUp" description in the top-right corner; the Cybenetics badges, which describe the ETA (efficiency) and LAMBDA (noise) ratings this PSU earned, are in the bottom-left corner. Next to these Cybenetics badges is the 80 PLUS Platinum badge.


The side of the box describes this PSU's most interesting features, which include its certifications, the high-quality bulk caps, RGB fan and speed curve, and fully modular panel.


The rear of the box goes over all available connectors and includes the power specifications table. Here, we also see the optional P7-Hub you will need to activate the RGB functionality.

Contents


This PSU is protected very well inside its box, as you can see by taking a look at the photos above.


The PSU is stored in a bag, and you will find all of its cables in a pouch, which is a nice inclusion since you most likely won't use all of these cables.


This bundle includes the user's manual, two sets of zip ties, Velcro straps, and normal as well as thumb screws for mounting the PSU onto the chassis.

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