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

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

Products:      FSP 500W Blue Storm II PSU
                     FSP 700W FX-Epsilon PSU
                     FSP 1000W Kingcraft PSU
Provided By: FSP Group USA
Price: Buy direct from ShopFSP.com

Introduction:

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 three from FSP to see which one will fit your needs and what needs they can actually fill.

We've got a lot to cover with the BlueStorm II 500W, Epsilon FX 700W, and Kingcraft 1000W units so let's not waste any time and jump right in.  We are starting off small and getting bigger and will be keeping a rapid pace throughout the review. 

 

500W Blue Storm II:

This is the smallest and lightest unit from FSP that we have on our bench and it arrived in a beat up box without a power cable.  The box was a bit disturbing, but the lack of power cable is actually a relief as I've got a drawer full and didn't need another one to add to the mix.

 Beat Up Box
Beat Up Box
 In The Box
In The Box

 

As you can see in the pictures below the Blue Storm II is named for its color - it's blue.  The fan is also blue, but doesn't have and LEDs to make it glow brightly in your dark case.  On the near side of the unit we've got the PSU label that tells us just how much power FSP is prepared for you to pull from this unit.

 Back & Fan
Back & Fan
PSU Label
PSU Label

 

The label states that the Blue Storm can dish up 18A on each of the +12v rails for a total of 432W, along with the 250W available on the 3.3v and 5v rails.  FSP rates this much lower, but components should be able to perform as they AMP load states.

 

Also "Blue" on the Blue Storm is the Power Switch and the cable sleeving.  This unit comes equipped with a pair of PCIe Connectors for a little SLI action.  It also has six Molex, one floppy, four SATA connectors and rounds things off with a 20/24-pin connector as well as an additional 4-pin connector.  There is not 8-pin connector as most high-end motherboards have, but then again, this isn't a high-end PSU.

 PSU Switch
PSU Switch
 Cable Bundle
Cable Bundle

 

This 500W unit fits the standard ATX Specification in terms of size and we thought we've open it up as it felt pretty light.  We were surprised to see how empty the unit was.  The components all seem to be large enough, but there aren't a lot of massive heatsinks clogging up the unit.

 Lots Of Room Inside
Lots Of Room Inside
 Inside
Inside
   
 Inside
Inside
Fan Close
Fan Close

 

On the next page, we'll cover the testing of this PSU before we head on to the 700W sibling.