Rosewill Fortress 550 W Review 0

Rosewill Fortress 550 W Review

Introduction


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

Rosewill, which may not ring a bell to some, is Newegg's house brand with a vast array of products spanning numerous categories, including power supply units. Its latest offering is the Fortress series which includes four 80 Plus Platinum-certified units with capacities ranging from 450 W to 750 W. All feature a non-modular cabling system, perhaps to lower the production cost and the retail price, but which may turn off a number of users. The OEM of these new PSUs is not the usual one, Super Flower, which offered many good platforms to Rosewill in the past, but ATNG, an OEM that we seldom hear about but has shown in the past some very good designs.

The unit we are going to evaluate in this review is the Fortress 550W, which targets mostly users with mainstream systems since it is equipped with only two PCIe connectors. Its platinum efficiency ensures the highest possible energy savings, while the 7-year warranty provides future buyers with a peace of mind for a long period. The only downside for most users is surely the lack of modular cables, as we have already mentioned, but still there are many users out there who will opt for a lower price than for modular cables, especially those on a budget.

Specifications

Rosewill Fortress 550W Features & Specs
Max. DC Output550W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Platinum
Operating temperature0°C - 50°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135 mm Double Ball-Bearing Fan (12V, 0.28A)
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 167 mm (D)
Weight2.1 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.31, EPS 2.92
Warranty7 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)$119.99

Efficiency is Platinum certified, and the unit can deliver its max power continuously even at 50°C. Regarding the protection features, almost all are present except the rare OTP (Over Temperature Protection) which is always nice to see. Also, the unit's dimensions are similar to the regular ones and its weight is acceptable too for a 550 W PSU.
Strangely enough, Rosewill claims that the Fortress 550 W is ATX v2.31 compliant; however, this cannot be true since this ATX version requires at least two +12V rails and the Fortress is equipped with only one. Nevertheless, this is a minor issue and was probably glossed over by Rosewill. Finally, the warranty is very long, seven years, which proves that this is a highly reliable product but does not come on the cheap.

Rosewill Fortress 550W Power Specs
Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. Power20A20A45.5A2.5A0.5A
100W546W12.5W6W
Total Max. Power550W

As mentioned, the PSU is equipped with a single +12V rail which can deliver almost the unit's full power alone. This is very convenient nowadays such that all systems heavily utilize this rail, unlike the minor rails that are used by some devices with low-power needs. So the max 100 W combined output of this unit on the minor rails will fully cover most likely all modern systems, while the 5VSB rail has the typical capacity of a contemporary PSU of this category.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Native Cables
ATX connector (540mm)20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V (660mm)1
6+2 pin PCIe (525mm+145mm)2
4 pin Molex (510 mm+150mm+150mm)3
4 pin Molex (510mm+150mm) / FDD (+150mm)2 / 1
SATA (500mm+150mm+150mm)6

Rosewill decided that only two PCIe connectors are necessary for this unit, which is unfortunate since this significantly affects its usability. We are pretty sure that a 550 W PSU can easily handle four PCIe connectors, especially if it is based on a good platform like this model. Thankfully, there are enough peripheral connectors for the capacity of the unit.
All cables have sufficient length, and the distance between all connectors, on cables that have more than one, is adequate. Also, most of the connectors use 18AWG gauges, which are the right ones according to the ATX spec, while the first PCIe connector and the single EPS connector use 16AWG gauges. Also, the +12V wires of the main ATX connector have a size of 16AWG.

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

Packaging


The packaging features a boring and rather dull design, and the only vivid color used is the fill of the box below the number "7", which indicates the warranty period. Apparently, Rosewill wanted to emphasize the long warranty. Finally, although the box's dimensions are restricted and its weight is low, a carrying handle is fitted to help you move it around easily.


Rosewill's trademark and the series description can be found on this side of the box.


At the rear side, you will find a brief description of the features, a table describing all available connectors and four smaller tables with the power distribution of all Fortress units. Also, at the top right corner, the Platinum badge makes its presence well felt.

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