FSP Aurum PT Series 1200 W Review 5

FSP Aurum PT Series 1200 W Review

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FSP PT-1200FM Features & Specs
Max. DC Output1200W
Efficiency80 PLUS Platinum
ModularYes (fully)
Intel Haswell ReadyYes
Operating temperatureno info
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135 mm Hydro Dynamic Bearing Fan (PLA13525S12M)
Semi-passive operationNo
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 192 mm (D)
Weight2.1 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty7 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)$269
Efficiency is Platinum, which, while not the 80 Plus organization's top certification anymore, still rocks since Titanium units are very rare and sorely overpriced. It would have been nice of FSP to also jump on the Titanium wagon, though, just to show the world what they are capable of. However, FSP isn't the only large OEM without a Titanium PSU yet. The unit's other characteristics are top-notch as well since they include a fully modular cabling design, high quality HDB fan, and a complete protections set. Only a semi-passive operation is missing, which doesn't bother us since we prefer the PSU's fan to rotate constantly, removing some of the heat at light loads. Yet many may crave a semi-passive operation option, which brands like Seasonic do offer. The unit's dimensions are normal for its capacity and the provided warranty is long, which is as it should be for such a premium product.

FSP PT-1200FMPower Specs
Max. Power25A25A100A3A0.8A
Total Max. Power1200W
Powerful since it can deliver 100 A of current, the single +12V rail can provide the unit's full capacity alone. The minor rails are pretty strong too, while the 5VSB rail is a little weak for a 1.2 kW PSU. However, three amperes on this rail will suffice unless you need to recharge three iPads at the same time.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Modular Cables
24 pin ATX connector (500mm)24 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V (600mm)2
6+2 pin PCIe (500mm+100mm) 8
SATA (550mm+50mm+50mm+50mm)4
SATA (550mm+155mm+155mm)9
4 pin Molex (550mm+155mm+155mm)6
FDD (+100mm)1
The number of provided connectors is sufficient, but some of you may want more PCIe connectors, and while some of the competition comes with up to ten PCIe connectors, eight are in our opinion usually more than enough. There are many SATA and peripheral connectors. Take a look at the table above and you will see that FSP equipped the unit with a SATA cable with several incredibly close connectors. All other cables with more than one have bigger gaps in-between connectors, while the main ATX and EPS cables should be longer to accommodate large full-tower cases. Such a high capacity PSU would also go into a large chassis, so its cables should definitely be longer to avoid extension cords, where a high load could melt low-quality connectors. The main ATX cable uses 16AWG gauges for lower voltage drops. All other connectors use standard 18AWG gauges.

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