FSP Everest 80Plus 700W PSU
|FSP Everest 80Plus 700W PSU|
|Info, Features and Specifications|
|Inside the PSU and Test Setup|
|Testing the Everest 700W PSU|
Computers today have a wide variety of uses and require a wide variety of components. No one setup is good for everything and there are a lot of choices out there. When picking components, it's really important to spend wisely and choose something that fits your needs of both today and tomorrow. One component that stands out in my mind in this regard is the Power Supply. There are literally thousands of different makes and models on the market today for you to spend your money on, and we will be looking at one of the latest units from FSP to see how it stacks up in the modular PSU market. We've looked at FSP PSUs before and if you want to refresh yourself on the ones we've already looked at check out the three-way shootout over here.
Packaging & Bundle:
One thing I immediately noticed about the Everest 80 Plus PSU is the package upgrades. While this may seem like a non-issue to many people there are a lot of consumers that make their purchasing decision at the store and attractive packaging with good information is very helpful in this regard. There is even a window in the top so you can see what is inside.
The back of the box showcases the main power capabilities of this PSU as well as how many connections are included on this unit. This is a handy piece of information to have and will definitely help some people decide if this is the right PSU for them. The sides of the box hold more information regarding cables and features that this PSU has. It's very well done and a dramatic improvement over their previous packaging.
The 700W PSU comes with enough cables to make it work and the connectors include the main 20+4 Pin-main connector as well as a 4-pin P4 connector, an 8-pin connector and a single PCIe 6-pin connector. Modular cables include two peripheral cables that have six Molex connectors as well as a single floppy connector. There are also six SATA connectors spread over two cables and a PCIe 6+2-pin cable. All of these add up to provide a lot of power options on this PSU.
Also included in the bundle above is a standard power cable, some Velcro cable ties and a small bag of screws. Not pictured is the small manual that outlines a few details regarding this PSU.
FSP Everest First Look:
This PSU looks a lot like other FSP PSUs that we've looked at in the past. It has the same blue color and fan as the FX-Epsilon 700W PSU, but the Everest comes partly modular and hopefully with a bit cleaner power delivery.
The modular connections include two PCIe power connections, three 4-pin connections for Molex cables, and three 6-pin connections for SATA cables. Our sample only included a single extra PCIe cable, but according to the specs it should come with two - making me believe the last person to review it has an extra cable in their shop. The fan is nice and quiet on this unit and provides good airflow and cooling to the internal components while the rear grill provides an unrestricted exhaust path for the hot air. This PSU was very quiet throughout testing and was inaudible above other fans in the system.
Before we tear the Everest apart, we'll take a look at some of the features and specifications of this PSU.