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FSP's Dagger Pro line consists of four SFX form factor models with capacities ranging from 550 to 850 W. In this review, I will take a detailed look at the strongest member of the line, which is among the strongest SFX PSUs available on the market today. Since this is a powerful, compact PSU and some users would like to use it with a normal ATX chassis, FSP was kind enough to throw an SFX to ATX adapter into the bundle. For most SFX PSUs, such an adapter doesn't make much sense since they have short cables, which leads to compatibility issues. With the 850 W Dagger Pro, the cables that matter, ATX and EPS, are long, so you won't have a problem unless installing it into a cave-sized chassis. On the other hand, long cables can be an issue for cable management inside a small Mini-ITX chassis.
The other specifications of the Dagger Pro unit include a single +12 V rail, the semi-passive operation, Japanese electrolytic capacitors for increased reliability, and a double ball-bearing fan. Most manufacturers prefer fluid dynamic bearing fans because they produce less output noise. Still, ball-bearing fans are highly tolerant to high operating temperatures, making them more suitable for stressful conditions. In addition to that, with the proper fan-speed profile, noise output can be kept low at normal operating temperatures even with a double ball-bearing fan.
|Features & Specifications|
|Max. DC Output||850 Watt|
|Efficiency (115 V)||80 PLUS Gold, Cybenetics Platinum|
|Efficiency (230 V)||Cybenetics Silver|
|Noise||Cybenetics Standard+ (35–40 dBA)|
|Intel C6/C7 Power State Support||Yes|
|Operating Temperature||0–50 °C|
|Protections||Over Voltage Protection|
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
|Cooling||92mm double ball bearing fan (PLA09215B12H)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||125 x 65 x 100 mm|
|Weight||0.95 kg (2.09 lb)|
|Compliance||SFX12V V3.3, EPS 2.92|
|Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT)||$209.99|
|Rail||3.3 V||5 V||12 V||5 VSB||-12 V|
|Max. Power||20 A||20 A||70.83 A||2.5 A||0.3 A|
|120 W||850 W||12.5 W||3.6 W|
|Total Max. Power||850 W|
The Dagger Pro 850 W is only Cybenetics Silver certified with 230 V input because of the increased standby power (>0.2 W). With 115 V input, it is Cybenetics Platinum certified.