Introduction and Spec
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FSP may not be the most popular brand of PSU here in the UK, but it is one of the largest OEM manufacturers of PC power supplies in the world. Today we are looking at one of the firm’s flagship products; the Aurum Gold 700W. As its name suggests, the Aurum is an 80 PLUS Gold certified power supply which means it achieves more than 92% efficiency at a 50% load level as well as more than 88% efficiency at 20% and 100% load levels. This puts it in the premier tier of PSUs, and understandably the unit commands a price premium.
The FSP is provided in a relatively compact box containing the unit itself, a small manual, two Velcro cable tidies, some thumb screws and a power cable. Unusually for a unit at this price point the Aurum is a fixed cable PSU rather than a modular unit. This is fine if you plan on using the majority of the unit’s cables but will make tidy cabling much more difficult for users with just a couple of disk drives in their PC. Fortunately there is a plethora of connectivity. A total of three leads are dedicated to drive cables; one has four SATA power connectors, one has two SATA connectors and two Molex plugs, whilst the final lead has one SATA power connector, two Molex plugs and a single Floppy power connector. We are not a fan of combining different connectors on single cables, as it makes it difficult to achieve a tidy build, but at least plenty of drives are supported.
The FSP also has four PCI Express connectors, each of which is a 6+2 pin variant. This means it should support an SLI/Crossfire configuration of any two current video cards, though you will need more than a 700W PSU if you want to power two Radeon 6990s or GTX 590s at the same time. The FSP is unusual in that it has both a dedicated 8 pin auxiliary plug as well as a 4+4 pin variant, meaning you can use the unit to power server and workstation boards with more than one CPU.