FSP Everest 80Plus 700W PSU - Inside the PSU and Test Setup

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FSP Everest 80Plus 700W PSU
Info, Features and Specifications
Inside the PSU and Test Setup
Testing the Everest 700W PSU

Inside the Everest 700W:

As I cracked the case and broke the "Warranty Void if Removed" sticker on the PSU, I made sure that I was grounded and made a mental note not to discharge the capacitors with my finger.  Once the case was opened I got a good look at the backside of the fan and the main layout of the PSU.

Fan Inside
Fan Inside
PSU Inside
PSU Inside

 

There isn't really a whole lot of hardware inside this PSU and the heatsinks are pretty lean.  I was hoping for something a little beefier inside, but if the components are efficient they won't generate a lot of heat and won't require large heatsinks.  That being said, I have my doubts as to whether this PSU will deliver.

 Inside and HSFs
Inside and HSFs
 Soldered Backplane
Soldered Backplane

 

One of the tidiest spots inside this entire PSU is the modular backplane.  The wired enter in behind the PCB and the overall appearance of this area is clean, neat and well-done.  That quickly disappears though as you let your eyes wander down to the "floor" of the PSU as seen below.

 Messy
Messy

 

 

Test Setup & Info:

In the past, we've prided ourselves on real-world testing.  For graphics cards, CPUs and memory, what matters is what takes place in real applications and games.  We also held that philosophy for PSU testing, but after a while, we realized that there is more to a PSU that being able to run a machine stable over a few weeks or months.  In reality, if there is a lot of ripple, this can damage sensitive traces on your $700 graphics card or $1300 CPU.  A multi-meter alone is not good enough to check PSU voltage stability.  It's for this reason that we've updated our PSU testbed, and will continue to improve the detail and quality of our PSU reviews.  That being said, we will still be testing the PSU in a system and will be including stress tests from real components in the real world.

We recently purchased a Tektronics TDS2002 60MHz Dual Channel scope and it has already become invaluable around the shop here at BCCHardware headquarters.  I've used it to troubleshoot everything from PSU's to Radars, and we are using it today to check the stability of the FSP Everest 80Plus 700W Modular PSU on the next page.