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FSP Aurum CM Gold 650M 650-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review

By: Zac O'Vadka | 80 PLUS Gold PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: FSP

Inside the Box




This time there is a slight improvement in the packaging as the front side foam is much thicker.




FSP keeps the I/O specification sticker on the top and uses the same ruggedized finish on the AU-650M.




Once again, both sides have the same logos on them, along with a small amount of additional cooling in the form of three vent areas.




Arrow vents allow the hot air out of the back of the unit. The on/off rocker switch and AC input are the only things blocking airflow.




There are no labels here, but it is pretty hard to mess this one up. There is a single PCI-E connector and several for peripherals. I'll give you three guesses as to which is which. Unfortunately though, the rails aren't labeled and since this is a quad rail unit, that would be very handy to have.




FSP's standard layout is present on the bottom. You're correct if you think it looks a bit smaller. The Aurum CM Gold 650M uses a 120mm fan instead of the 135mm fan we are used to seeing.




All of the modular cables are flat for increased airflow and ease of routing.




FSP gives you some Velcro cable ties, mount screws, a case badge, and power cord along with everything else.




There is also a warranty card and user manual inside the box. Unfortunately, FSP fails to label the rails in the manual. There is even a section that lists what each pin is on every connector, but it doesn't give rails. Sometimes it is just the simple things that make the difference. Without rail identification, it makes it very difficult for the end-user to load balance the rails and prevent overloading.

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