FSP Group Power-Mod 700 Watt Power Supply
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-20-2008
Provided by: FSP Group
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A Closer Look


The Power-Mod 700 comes in this attractive box. There are plenty of graphics and listed features to let you know what is inside.

Inside, the power supply is protected by bubble wrap, and the PSU's cables. Plenty of protection during shipping if the box is packaged within a larger box, as normal.


The power supply is a very dark gray “speckled” color. Not a hammered finish, but neither shiny nor matte. Something you'd find in a piece of industrial electronics equipment, I guess. It's a nice look that should look good in pretty much any case.

Though it's hard to see in the photo, the FSP Group logo is stamped into the side of the PSU. In most cases this will be on the back side of the PSU - the specs label will show in a normally configured case.


The Power-Mod 700 sports a 120mm fan. It should provide plenty of cooling and remain quiet.

As I mentioned, the power supply is modular. Permanently attached is the 20+4 pin cable, the ATX12V cable, and one 6-pin PCI-E power cable. Yeah, I found the PCI-E cable a little strange too, but not a big deal. Most people using a 700 watt power supply will be using at least one video card requiring a 6-pin PCI-E connection.

Something I really like is the configuration of the ATX12V connectors. Though I've had a PSU or two that had capability of either a 4-pin or 8-pin cable, usually the same cable has both. So now you've got to hide a connector that is hanging from a cable connected to your motherboard. The Power-Mod 700 has a pair of 4-pin connectors that can be used on an 8-pin connection, something that you saw when the 8-pin connectors started showing up. I thought it was a good idea then, and still do.


Of course, opening the case voids your warranty, so I did it for you. Each rail group has a sufficient heatsink, not the largest, but definitely not the smallest. Of note, the circuitry for the modular connectors is very clean, that isn't always the case.


The Power-Mod 700 has four +12v rails with 18A each. The PSU should be fine for a pair of 9800GTs or less, or a pair of ATI HD 4870s or less. Using three video cards, I really don't know what power requirements a trio of cards use. I'd think “mainstream” cards such as Radeon HD 4650s or geForce 9500s would be more likely the setup I'd use with a 700 watt power supply.


The PSU comes with a full complement of cables. All cables are covered with mesh, and the ends are finished in heavy heatshrink. Something a little different, the mesh is different colors. The attached PCI-E cable has blue mesh, the modular PCI-E cables have red mesh, and all the other cables have black mesh. The cables include:

1 x SATA power cable with three connectors
1 x SATA power cable with two connectors
1 x power cable with two 4-pin Molex and one floppy connector
1 x power cable with three 4-pin Molex connectors
2 x PCI-E power cables with 6/8 pin connectors

Also included is an 18ga power cord, four screws, a Velcro strap, and a pair of Velcro zip-ties.


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