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FSP Raider 750-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Review

FSP's new Raider 750W power supply proves to be quite the value for those seeking enough wattage for a pair of video cards while saving a little coin.

| 80 PLUS Bronze PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 4:28 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%      Manufacturer: FSP

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Introduction

 

Whether you know it or not, you've probably used a power supply or adapter at some point in time from FSP Group. FSP is the fifth largest power supply vendor in the world, growing exponentially since they were established in 1993. They do quite a bit with OEM/ODM power conversion products. Aside from its off the shelf power supplies, you'll often find FSP power supplies in a wide variety of monitors, TV's, and more.

 

We've taken a look at a few of their power supplies the last few years, including the FSP Aurum Xilenser 500W last month. All of the units we have taken a look at have been geared more towards the high-end and enthusiast segments and have done very well. This time around, we are taking a look at something a little more mainstream and cost effective. The new Raider series of power supplies from FSP is available in wattages from 450W to 750W.

 

We have the 750W model on the test bench today and it is most certainly geared more towards mainstream users who are seeking a better cost/performance ratio. The unit has less frills than most as it lacks modular cables, half of the cables aren't sleeved, and only comes with an 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency rating.

 

As we all know, performance is the single most important aspect when it comes to powering a PC and that's just what we are here to check out. Let's check out the specifications and see how well it looks on paper.

 

 

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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FSP delivers a majority of the power for the Raider 750W via a single 12V rail. The power supply is capable of 60A of power on this rail or a total of 720W. The Raider 750W features a very impressive set of minor rails. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 26A with a combined 170W. Compare this to the recently reviewed PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W and you'll see that the minor rails are capable of 70% more than a power supply of nearly double the total wattage. Over engineering is often a great thing, especially those seeking to push things to the limit. The 5VSB rail is rated for the typical 3A or 15W. Combined total output for the power supply is 750W.

 

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The list of features is definitely something that we find a bit lacking on the FSP Raider 750W. The important protections are present, such as SCP, OVP, OCP, and OPP. Over Temperature Protection is lacking, however. The Raider 750W is 80 PLUS certified for Bronze level efficiency. The power supply features all native wiring. Unfortunately, not all of the cables are sleeved. While the Main, PCI-E, and ATX 4+4 cables are sleeved, the four peripheral cables are not. FSP does not rate the unit for 100% continuous output. Being that this is a more mainstream power supply, it should rarely see those kind of temperatures anyway.

 

Things get very better looking considering the FSP Raider 750W has an MSRP of $109.99. Newegg currently lists the unit for $80.98 after $10 mail-in rebate and $5.99 shipping. This makes it one of the cheapest 750W 80 PLUS Bronze power supplies on the market and, depending on performance, gives it one of the best cost/performance ratios as well. FSP backs the Raider 750W with a five year warranty.

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