FSP Booster X3 300w 12v PSU

Appearance & Connectors

Appearance & Connectors

As previously mentioned, the Booster X3 unit fits in a 5.25" drive bay and shares the same dimensions as many CD/DVD drives.

As a result of this, FPS have not paid any attention to making the top/sides of the unit aesthetically appealing as they will not be seen. Instead they have focused all of their efforts on the front of the unit which has a blue illuminated dome etched with the FSP logo.

Booster X3 Unit Booster X3 Unit

Booster X3 Unit Booster X3 Unit

The front of the unit is made from black plastic and has grills that allow the fans mounted inside the unit to blow hot air out of the front of the case. It is also worth noting that the clear plastic dome on the front of the unit can be removed if it proves to get in the way of the drive bay door found on many modern PC cases.

The back of the unit has 3 plugs which all need to be connected in order for the unit to work. Starting from the left, we have the dual PCI-E connector, the molex connector (used to sense when the pc is turned on) and the main AC power plug.
Just above the plugs is a large grill, which allows the fans to draw air from inside the case over the PSU components.

Booster X3 Inside Booster X3 Inside

Booster X3 Fans Booster X3 Fans

The insides of the Booster X3 are well laid out, with plenty of room for the fans to pull air over the components. Aluminium heatsinks have also been used on the hottest components and have fins for better heat dissipation.

I was unable to find any adjustable potentiometers inside the unit, but after seeing the voltage output from other FSP units I'm hoping these won't be necessary.

The installed fans are manufactured by Protechnic Electric and are their 40mm MGA4012ZR models. Unfortunately I was unable to find any specs for these fans online.

Booster X3 Cables Booster X3 Cables

As the Booster X3 requires mains voltage, FSP have included a PCI Bracket, which allows for mains power to be routed inside your case.

I was slightly disappointed to see that the PCI-E connectors could not be plugged in indepentently. Instead you are required to have both PCI-E connectors in at all times. This shouldn't pose a problem for most people using the Booster X3 as they will be running an SLI/Crossfire setup, but it would have been nice to have two separate cables never less.
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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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