Fortron/Source FSP530-60GNA

No doubt that Fortron/Source is a trusted name in power supplies.  They are used largely in OEM's.  In fact, FSP power supplies are in the AOpen cases I build up every day.  FSP also manufactures power supplies for a number of other companies like Zalman and supposedly PC Power and Cooling's Silencer series of power supplies.  One of the best things about buying an FSP power supply is that you know you're getting a quality unit, that will not cost you an arm and a leg.

As far as appearances go:  The FSP530-60GNA we're reviewing today isn't going to make your head do double takes.  It does have a nice nickel plated finish (reminiscent of my old 1981 Mongoose Team Edition BMX bike.)  The cables are typical, with a nylon sheath over the main ATX power connector.

Inside, we can see many signs of good quality.  The 1200uF caps, the large, thick heat sinks, good airflow.  There's even potentiometers for adjusting voltage.


Here we go taking apart power supplies again....


Note the card with the potentiometers on top of it.


Very thick heat sinks inside this power supply.

Forton/Source FSP530-60GNA
+3.3V
+5V
+12V
-12V
-5V
+5VSB
Max Output Current
28A
40A
18A
0.8A
0.3A
2.0A
Max Combined Wattage
530W

Even though FSP introduced this particular model only a little over a year ago, there's a few things that make me think "old school" with this power supply.  I'm not just talking about the conservative finish and lack of lights and cables either. First, the air flow created by the power supply is not what some manufacturers had in mind when incorporating the power supply as part of your chassis cooling solution.  The air moves from the front of the power supply to the back instead of from the bottom to the back.  Also, even though this power supply is "530W," it sports most of it's juice on the 5V rail, much like with the Raidmax we just reviewed.  That means in two of our three tests, the power supply will HAVE TO BE pushed out of spec.  The Raidmax didn't seem to mind this at all.  How will this FSP handle it?  Lastly, the lack of cables that a lot of PC's require these days.  No PCI Express, no SATA...

FSP530-60GNA POWER CONNECTORS QUANTITY OF CONNECTORS
ATX connector 20
2 x 2 12V connectors 1
2 x 3 PCIe 0
6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 1
5.25" Drive connectors 6
3.5" Drive connectors 2
SATA Drive power connectors 0
Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 0

What's my opinion about what the outcome will be?

I'm thinking this power supply will handle all three of my tests, despite what the label says.  I've had more recent experience with FSP power supplies than Topower, so I think there's a little biased behind me saying that this power supply will "break the maximum wattage barrier" where the Raidmax did not.

FSP530-60GNA 530W

Zero Load
Test One
Test Two (298W)
Test Three
Full Load
12V
10.87 FAIL 12.28 FAIL FAIL
5V
5.55 FAIL 4.93 FAIL FAIL
3.3V
3.36 FAIL 3.31 FAIL FAIL
Efficiency
35% FAIL 75% FAIL FAIL
Power Factor
.56 FAIL .69 FAIL FAIL

As you can see, something wen't horribly wrong.  Don't even ask me for the temperatures either.. I never even got that far.  :-(

As soon as I hit the button on the tester for test one, there was a pop and a hiss from the power supply and then everything shut down.  I cycled the power on the power supply, unplugged it and plugged it back in, and continued to get nothing. It's clear to me that I had received a defective power supply. 

Although this power supply is "only" rated for 18A on the 12V rail and I pushed it to 20A or more, at the very least the overload protection should have tripped. Something that could easily be reset by merely cycling the power on the power supply.

Because of this mishap, I'm going to have to grade this power supply on a curve.  Based on what I've seen so far, and what the power supply "should" be able to do given my personal experience, I feel confident giving this power supply a 7.



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