FSP Epsilon 700w ATX PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

Established in 1993 FSP Group is now known as one of the 10 largest power supply vendors in the world. Known by enthusiasts for manufacturing efficient, stable and quiet units, FSP have won many awards for their previous models of PSU, including the highly regarded 'Blue Storm'.

Since then, FSP have been working on a new range of power supplies named Epsilon which promise to improve on the qualities of its predecessors.

Today I'll be putting the top-end 700w model through its paces to see just how it compares to some of the other units on the market.


Packaging

No expense has been spared when designing the packaging for the Epsilon series power supplies. Having the most flashy packaging of any PSU I've reviewed to date, it almost seems a shame that most of these units (especially in the UK) won't see their way out on to retailers shelves - but will mostly likely all be sold over the internet.

FSP Epsilon Packaging FSP Epsilon Packaging

FSP Epsilon Packaging FSP Epsilon Packaging

The front and sides of the box don't actually offer much information about the unit and instead concentrate on some flashy space-like graphics. The back of the box offers information about the unit in French and German along with information about the PSU's rail amperage distribution. I was somewhat confused as to why FSP had not included English on the back of the packaging but then came across the hidden compartment at the front of the box.

Secured by a small piece of velcro, the front of the box has a secret flap which opens to reveal the list of features (this time in English), along with a sneak preview of the power supply contained within the box. This is a nice touch, but not something I am sure everyone will see when purchasing the unit.

FSP Epsilon 700w FSP Epsilon 700w

Included in the package are the following items:

- 1x Epsilon Manual
- 4x ATX Screws
- 1x Power Cord
- 1x Epsilon 700w PSU

The power supply its self is held in place by a cardboard frame that sandwiches the unit in the middle of the box. I was disappointed to see that FSP did not place the unit inside a plastic bag, especially when the Epsilon has a high quality painted finish which could be marked by rubbing against the cardboard.

The bundle of cables is held together by a velcro strap which is a nice touch over the normal cable tie method, and could also be re-used to tidy the cables within your case.
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Most Recent Comments

04-07-2006, 06:35:39

JN
Looking to save some dosh on your electricity bills, but at the same time have enough grunt to power your crossfire rig? Look no further than this review.

04-07-2006, 06:54:00

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS
Looking to save some dosh on your electricity bills, but at the same time have enough grunt to power your crossfire rig? Look no further than [B]this review[/B'].
Looks a decent, solid, if not a little strange acting PSU

04-07-2006, 06:59:33

JN
Yeah it threw a bit of a 'hissy fit' on our load tester, but managed to do pretty well when plugged into the test rig.

04-07-2006, 08:42:35

|3ourne
holy **** ! you both are rocking reviews after reviews. How about sending something for your American brother here ?? Ive been bored out of my mind forever !

04-07-2006, 10:49:38

PV5150
sweet review as usual Jim

04-07-2006, 11:37:41

Ham
Good job mate.

Whats EPS stand for?

04-07-2006, 11:43:31

FragTek
Glad it started working for you correctly mate! FSP usually makes a great unit. My blue storm was the heaviest and most solid psu I'd ever had for the price I paid for it.

04-07-2006, 15:06:17

NickS
Lookin good XMS . Looks very bare inside, yea but it performs well . Those Protechnic fan's rape! I have one in the top of my Lian Li. Came out of a Compaq PSU .

Nick

05-07-2006, 07:08:25

Counter Terrorist Zombie
the hiper uses the same connectors. Just out of curiosity, will you have various charts/graph diagrams comparing all the psus you've reviewed?

05-07-2006, 07:26:34

JN
HI CTZ,

Yes, once we've got a few more manufacturers on board, i will create a comparison chart so we can truly see what PSU takes the crown

05-07-2006, 13:16:52

NickS
You gotta get a Tagan 1100w to review. Now that'd prolly take the crown *drool* Quad SLi connectors are so sweet, especially the way Topower sleeves them. Topower makes most of the OCZ PSU's, Tagan PSU's, and I think the Mushkin PSU's too... gotta check tho.

Nick

05-07-2006, 17:59:41

WC Annihilus
Ya, Mushkin's is Topower made to Mushkin's specs.

A funny little note is that OCZ's newer Gamestream PSU's are the FSP Epsilons

09-03-2010, 03:41:10

MTBF
FORTRON / FSP Power Supply Units are unreliable hardware devices.

Failed just after 784 days of normal use (about 3500 hours only)!.
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