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FSP Aurum Pro Gold 1200-watt Power Supply Review

FSP revamps the Aurum PSU and adds modular cabling. The same great performance is kept, but some degree of viability is lost.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 5:36 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: FSP Group USA

Introduction

 

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A year ago, we looked at a power supply from a manufacturer most weren't familiar with. The model was an Aurum Gold AU-700 and the company is FSP.

 

Fortron Source is better known in Europe and Asia and they're quite large with OEMs as well. In most cases you're much more familiar with products branded from another, but manufactured by FSP. FSP has been making a push in the US with units branded under their own name.

 

Today we're having a look at one such product, the Aurum Pro Gold 1200-watt PSU.

 

This time around our FSP sample is meant to power some serious hardware. It offers several changes and improvements over the last FSP unit we looked at which faired very well, but was designed for less demanding users.

 

FSP has added modular cabling to the new product line as well as a few ports dedicated for fans. Did FSP pair these features with the same performance we saw from the AU-700? Let's start digging into the FSP Aurum Pro 1200W and find out.

 

 

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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Other than a large increase in total power provided by the FSP AU-1200PRO, you will notice several changes from the previously reviewed model. The most obvious is the AU-1200PRO now uses a single 12V instead of their previous quad-rail design. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each with a combined max output of 160W. The single 12V rail is rated for 100A and it capable of delivering 100% of the power supply's total output. The 5VSB rail is rated for a total of 3A.

 

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Just as before, the FSP AU-1200PRO has all the protections we look for including OVP, OCP, OTP and more. Another of the big changes is the inclusion of modular cabling. The unit still has a few native cables, but all cables are fully sleeved, which is a nice add-on. The AU-1200PRO is rated for 80PLUS Gold efficiency, but does not have a 50C power rating. It is, however, rated for 100% continuous output at 40C.

 

FSP has an MSRP of $249.99 on the AU-1200PRO 1200W unit. We were able to find it at Newegg for $224.98 at the time of writing this article, after shipping and a $10 MIR. That makes it a very competitively priced unit in the 1200W-1300W category. FSP backs their AU-1200PRO with their customary five year warranty, too.

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