We would like to thank FSP for supplying the review sample.
FSP's new AURUM 92+ series is an upgrade of the previous AURUM focusing on higher efficiency with all three members of this new line meeting all 80 Plus Platinum requirements. The new AURUM comes in three varieties with 450 W, 550 W, and 650 W capacity. The smallest of the three is only equipped with one PCIe connector, while the other two feature two PCIe connectors. All of them are semi-modular with flat cables which, according to FSP, optimizes air flow inside the chassis.
The AURUM 92+ line belongs to the high-end market segment and targets, according to FSP, hardware enthusiasts and gamers. This sounds pretty weird though considering the small number of PCIe connectors that these PSUs have since most gamers utilize SLI or Crossfire setups with VGAs that need two PCIe connectors each. FSP apparently targets the less demanding gamer using a single VGA with their new AURUM 92+ series.
In this review, we will evaluate the strongest member of the fresh AURUM 92+ line with model number PT-650M. This PSU promises higher than 92% efficiency and utilizes the FSP MIA (Multiple Intelligence Ability) IC (Integrated Circuit), which is essentially a microchip that plays a key role in the unit's performance because it exploits a Zero Current Switching technique. The PT-650M also uses FSP's uniquely designed ventilation holes to improve air extraction, compared to the classic honeycomb style holes. The PSU is equipped with four +12V rails and a nice power distribution scheme that we will analyze on the next page.