We have looked at a lot of power supplies over the years but the majority of samples we receive cater to high-end users. It's been over two years since our last sub-600W power supply review. Unless you are running multiple video cards and a beefy processor, you won't have any use for a monster 1KW+ PSU. Even relatively powerful hardware doesn't come close to using the kind of power that super high-end units provide. Today we will be taking a look at a "mainstream" power supply from FSP Group, the Aurum Gold 500. The Aurum is a 500 watt non-modular power supply that features 80+ Gold certification and dual 12v rails. The 500w model is one of four in the Aurum series; other models include a 400w variety and beefier 600w and 700w units.
The Aurum Gold 500 arrived in the attractive black and gold retail box shown above. There is a large photo of the PSU on the front as well as a detailed breakdown of the power output, efficiency, acoustic noise and cables / connectors on the rear. Below is a list of specifications borrowed from FSP Group's website.
As mentioned above, the Aurum features dual 12v rails that we now see operate at 18A each. Additionally there is a 120mm PWM controlled fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) cooling fan and SLI / Crossfire support. I also like the full 5 year warranty.
Let's move ahead and take a closer look at FSP Group's Aurum Gold 500 power supply.