FSP PSU Roundup - 500W, 700W and 1kW - FSP 1000W Kingcraft PSU

Article Index
FSP PSU Roundup - 500W, 700W and 1kW
Testing the 500W Blue Storm II
FSP 700W FX-Epsilon PSU
Testing the 700W FX-Epsilon PSU
FSP 1000W Kingcraft PSU
Testing the 1000W Kingcraft PSU
FSP PSU Roundup Final Thoughts

FSP 1000W Kingcraft PSU:

The 1000W Kingcraft series is one of the biggest PSUs that FSP offers.  They have a couple of 1010W models available as well, but that's like splitting hairs.  If you have a system that is too powerful for a 1000W PSU a 1010W unit isn't going to help you out much.  This PSU arrived in a much tidier box and leads me to believe that it hasn't been reviewed much before if at all.  This box is designed for the retail shelf and should catch your eye if you're shopping for a new PSU.  FSP claims to support the newest Quad core systems, and the boast about their four +12v rails and four PCIe connectors on the box.  They also have some ATI branding on the box to let you know it's ready for a toasty Crossfire setup.  In the box you get a manual with specifications, some Velcro cable management straps and a nice power cord.  That is about all you can expect from a PSU bundle.

 Box Of King
Box Of King
Bundle
Bundle

 

What absolutely amazes me about this PSU is that it's tiny.  It actually is about the same physical size as the 500W Blue Storm II and the FX-Epsilon PSU.  As soon as I laid eyes on it I had my doubts if it could deliver enough power to a system and then I picked it up.  This sucker is heavy. Inside it doesn't have a bunch of wasted space for a large 120mm fan.  It is cooled by a single 80mm fan located at the rear of the PSU.  You'll also notice that there is no power switch.

 PSU Profile
PSU Profile
PSU Fan Profile
PSU Fan Profile

 

There is a lot of gear stuffed into this PSU as we can see by peeking through the well ventilated front side of the PSU.  The insides are stacked in order to fit everything inside and this could create some overheating problems unless the fan provides adequate cooling.  If the fan can cool off this pile of components, it will probably be quite loud though.

 


In terms out wattage output, the Kingcraft claims 1000W but when we break it down, we discover that once again FSP has been conservative with their overall wattage numbers.  Each of the 12v rails are rated at 20A for a full total of 960W instead of the FSP 840W rating.  The 3.3v and 5v rails can output a total of 242W and this combines to make over 1200W of power.  They've accounted for loss and inefficiency and wisely label it as a 1000W unit.

 Front Grill
Front Grill
 PSU Label
PSU Label

 

This unit is also non-modular and this makes the bundle of cables required for a high-end system a little bulky.  This thick bundle comes with two Floppy connectors, six Molex, six SATA, 4-pin power, 8-pin power, 20/24-pin motherboard and four PCIe connectors.

Bundle Of Cables
Bundle Of Cables

This unit amazed me in regards to internal design and we've included a few more pictures of the inside of this unit than the other PSUs in this roundup. 

Inside The PSU
Inside The PSU
 Double Decker
Double Decker
   
 Heatsinks
Heatsinks
Large Transformer
Large Transformer


Flat Wires

Flat Wires

 

Due to the tight confines of this PSU, some of the wires have been squished quite flat in order to get the cover on.  I don't see any problem with this in the short term, but if you open this unit make sure that you get everything back in place or you could pinch a wire a little too sharply.

On the next page we'll test out this 1000W beast and see how good it is.