FSP AURUM PT 1000W Power Supply Review

FSP is stepping its game up with its latest 1000 watt computer power supply. The new AURUM PT 1000W PSU comes to us touting full modularity, "Unique Airflow Technology," and "E-Sync Remote Sensing." This one is not for sale yet in North America, but you will know if it is worth its asking price when it finally arrives.

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the FSP AURUM PT 1000W is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help in many situations. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing and use more efficient.

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The packaging of the FSP AURUM PT 1000W differs somewhat from what we last saw from FSP but it still retains the same basic layout. One of the first changes that we notice, beyond the new picture of the power supply and the color scheme, is the random string of words found under the unit's label that was just so bizarre last time is gone! OK, maybe that is a bit of stretch to say today as this unit is pitched as being "Beyond the limitation." The limitation of what? Anyway moving on...when we look at the seals on the bottom of the unit we see that this unit has a "USD 5 Million Product Insurance". OK, remember up above how I said that we lost that random string of words under the unit's name from last time? Well, apparently, we didn't lose those, those words just migrated to the bottom. In case you were wondering, there is nothing in the user manual or the website at the time of writing about this "Product Insurance" so I don't know what to tell you about this other than it's odd.

We also see that there is an 80 Plus Platinum seal here and a quick check of the 80 Plus website does find the AURUM PT 1000W listed. Lastly on the front, we see that this unit is carrying a 7 year warranty which is very nice to see on what is a flagship-type product. When we move to the back, we see a plethora of marketing points for various features of the unit, but nothing here is unique since we saw the AURUM PRO GOLD 1200 previously. Of use in this review though, we do find the power label (reproduced below), the connector count (reproduced below), an efficiency graph, and an acoustic noise graph.

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The FSP AURUM PT 1000W looks very much like the previous AURUM PRO GOLD 1200. Where this unit differs a bit is in the total output of 1000W and the unit’s 12v capacity. Today, we see that the single 12v rail is good for up to 83A (or ~100% of the unit’s total capacity) if needed. The minor rails are limited to 25A each with a total possible combined capacity of 160W. These output capacities are combined with no fewer than 8 (modified 8-pin) PCIe connectors which certainly should give users the ability to maximize that 1000W capacity. Interestingly, that set of 8 PCIe connectors is the exact same as what we saw on the AURUM PRO GOLD 1200W which is 200W larger in capacity. We additionally find 13 SATA and 6 MOLEX connectors for your peripheral needs, which is an increase of 3 SATA connectors over the AURUM PRO GOLD 1200. This arrangement should be sufficient for most enthusiasts in the multi-GPU game and this unit actually removes the one possible, albeit far fetched, issue of running really large disk arrays that we saw with the AURUM PRO GOLD 1200 with the addition of those 3 extra SATA connectors.

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Once we open the packaging for the FSP AURUM PT 1000W, we find the unit itself, the power cord, modular cables, mounting screws, case badge, and the user manual. The user manual comes in 25 languages covering 27 pages. Once more, the manual is far from complete. Indeed, all that is included are the installation instructions, a diagram of the connectors, a small table with over voltage set points, and the smallest troubleshooting section ever. FSP has made exactly zero improvement over the truly awful documentation that was found with the AURUM PRO GOLD 1200. Let's move on to the build quality to see if there are any improvements there.