FSP Booster X3 300w 12v PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

So you've just upgraded your PC with 2 brand-spanking-new high end graphics cards which you plan to run in SLI / Crossfire. You set it all up, turn it on, only to find that your faithful 480w power supply which has been serving you well for the past year, just cant meet the demands of these power hungry cards.

Up until recently there has only been one option: buy a new power supply. This can be pricey, with most decent SLI certified units starting at around £80-100. However FSP have come up with a more affordable solution, which will not only solve your SLI power woes, but also ensure your PC has enough power for future expandability.

Enter the Booster X3 300w VGA (+12v) power supply. Designed to fit in a spare 5.25" bay, and powered directly from the mains, the Booster X3 provides a total of 25a on a single 12v rail, which should keep your dual card setup happy.


Packaging

Taking a step away from the highly flashy packaging we saw on FSP's Epsilon series of PSU's that I reviewed last week, FSP have opted for more professional look. Yet again, it is a shame that most of us people based in the UK won't get to see it out on retailers shelves, but will instead need to purchase it over the internet.

Booster X3 Packaging Booster X3 Packaging

Booster X3 Packaging Booster X3 Packaging

The front and sides of box give some basic information about the unit, including its power output and cooling capabilities. Also shown on the front of the box is a picture of the unit with its glowing blue fascia sporting the FSP logo.

The back of the box goes into detail about how the unit works, and provides step-by-step instructions on how to install it. I find this a particularly great idea, as many people may be wary of purchasing such an inventive piece of hardware without knowing the steps required to install it.

As you can see from above, the BoosterX3 is very well protected from any kind of transportation damage by being totally encased in a styrofoam cut-out.

Booster X3 Components Booster X3 Screws

Included in the package are the following items:

- FSP Booster X3 300w unit
- Colour manual
- Power cable
- PCI Bracket for routing AC power inside case.
- Dual PCI-E cable
- Large bag of thumbscrews
- Cable ties

The Booster X3 comes with everything required to get the unit up and running. Strangely it also comes with a huge pack of thumb screws, which is a nice touch but in most circumstances won't be required as 4x cd-rom drive screws are all that's needed to secure the unit.
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Most Recent Comments

12-07-2006, 05:20:47

JN
Looking to go SLI / Crossfire, but don't fancy upgrading your faithful 400w PSU?

Or maybe you're looking for a way to power that peltier, but don't fancy forking out 80+ for a Peltier PSU?

Check out the review of the Booster X3 HERE

12-07-2006, 05:23:51

FarFarAway
Looks like a great option for those who wanna upgrade to SLI/Crossfire and have an inadequate PSU

Also maybe someone with an OEM machine who wants to add a meaty GPU/other accessories

12-07-2006, 08:36:44

PV5150
How sweet is that; what an awesome idea. I love the front fascia, it looks almost holographic. Great review as usual Jim

12-07-2006, 11:31:58

FragTek
Wow another great invention by Fortron. That's an absolutely great idea, a great alternative to a brand new PSU.

Where did you find about this one Jim?

12-07-2006, 12:41:44

JN
They just asked us if we'd like to take a look at one

- And might i add: before any other review site on the net

12-07-2006, 12:58:35

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by XMS
They just asked us if we'd like to take a look at one

- And might i add: before any other review site on the net
w00t! FSP frickin' r0x0rz b0x0rz. I luvx uz guyz!

12-07-2006, 13:22:54

Raven
didnt look bad but they should have done something to improve cooling and reduce noise from fans.

silence is important these days.

12-07-2006, 13:47:50

JN
Yes it is a bit of a shame that its quite noisy under load. There are quieter 60mm fans on the market that FSP could have used, but obviously this isnt always possible from a business pov.

12-07-2006, 13:52:14

Raven
one thing they could have is to make a removeable door beneath where a bigger fan could be mounted for those who choses too.

for example an 80mm fan.

12-07-2006, 14:33:52

Ham
Pretty clever imo.

I like the pci power slot thing. good idea.

18-07-2006, 17:53:39

NickS
Yeah I like that idea too
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