Power supply manufacturer FSP, which is responsible for a surprisingly high percentage of OEM units, has announced its first entry into the enthusiast-grade retail PSU market with its new Aurum series.
The new PSUs not only meet the 80Plus Gold Standard for power efficiency - with FSP claiming upwards of 90 per cent achievable under standard use, but the Aurum series also features the company's patented Multi-Intelligence Ability technology.
According to FSP, this packs pulse width modulation control, power factor correction, active clamping and double-circuited over-voltage protection into a single IC, resulting in reduced size and weight, while ensuring maximum efficiency and protection.
The company has also kitted out the PSUs with its Arrow Flow technology; a ventilation system that the company claims will harness natural aerodynamics in order to keep the PSU cool, even when the included fluid-bearing fan is spinning at its minimum speed.
Knowing that the enthusiast market puts a higher value on aesthetics than its OEM customers, the company has also put some serious thought into the design of the Aurum series. This includes eye-catching highlights on the fan vent, and a 'granite-touch' finish on the entire surface of the PSU.
Unlike many 'manufacturers' in the enthusiast-grade PSU arena, FSP will be manufacturing the devices in its own facilities - and it's confident enough in its abilities, honed over years of manufacturing OEM PSUs, to offer a five-year warranty on the retail boxed edition. Since publishing this story earlier today FSP has told us that the 700W Aurum PSU is expected to retail at £105.99 inc VAT in the UK when it goes on sale later this year.
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