Seasonic Connect 750 W Review - The Solution for Cable Management 13

Seasonic Connect 750 W Review - The Solution for Cable Management

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Introduction

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


The Seasonic Connect is the first desktop PSU innovation I have come across in quite some time. The idea might look simple, but no other manufacturer has thus far introduced it in the way of a desktop PSU. This PSU consists of two parts: a modified version of the Seasonic SSR-750GD2 based on the popular Focus platform and a cable-hub backplane that is magnetically mounted to the PC case for all the usual PSU plugs. A non-modular PSU cable with a pair of connectors connects the PSU and backplane. The PSU's entire power output goes through this cable, including the +12 V, -12 V, and 5VSB rails.

Another innovation are the minor rails that are not generated inside the PSU, but the backplane, which reduces the distance between the DC-DC converters and those parts using these rails and results in lower voltage drops and increased efficiency. With shorter modular cables, cable management is also much easier, and airflow potentially improves as well because there is less cable clutter.

Seasonic revealed this PSU in a previous IT show, and I did wonder whether they would be brave enough to move forward with mass production. Thankfully, they have, and if sales go well, we will probably see more Connect models in the future. For the moment, the SSR-750FA is the first of its generation. Since it uses an enhanced version of the Focus platform, which I have extensively evaluated in the past, I expect high performance. I am curious about the performance differences on the minor rails, especially for transient response—the minor rails are in the Connect module, which puts them much closer to the load.

Specifications

Seasonic SSR-750FA
Features & Specifications
Max. DC Output750 W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Gold, ETA-A (88%–91%)
NoiseLAMBDA-S+ (35–40 dBA)
ModularYes
Intel C6/C7 Power State SupportYes
Operating Temperature0–40 °C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135 mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan (HA13525H12F-Z)
Semi-passive operationYes (selectable)
Dimensions (W x H x D)PSU: 150 mm x 85 mm x 140 mm
Connect: 328 mm x 20 mm x 63 mm
Weight1.61 kg (3.55 lb)
ComplianceATX12V v2.31, EPS 2.92
Warranty10 years
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT)$169.99
Seasonic SSR-750FA
Power Specifications
Rail3.3 V5 V12 V5 VSB-12 V
Max. Power20 A20 A62 A3 A0.3 A
100 W744 W15 W3.6 W
Total Max. Power750 W
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