FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W Power Supply Review

Introduction

In the beginning of this year, FSP launched its 80 Plus Gold power supply series, dubbed Aurum Gold series (which is a redundant name, by the way, since Aurum means “Gold” in Latin; calling something “Gold Gold” makes no sense). With models ranging from 400 W to 700 W, this series surprised everybody with its incredible low price, thanks to the unusual electronic architecture used. FSP is now launching another series based on the same design, featuring a modular cabling system and offered in 550 W, 650 W and 750 W versions. The first version won’t be available in North America, but the other two should arrive in the North American market by the end of this month. Let’s see if the 750 W model is a good buy.

FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W power supplyFigure 1: FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W power supply

FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W power supplyFigure 2: FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W power supply

The FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W is 6.3” (160 mm) deep, with a 120 mm fluid dynamic bearing fan (Protechnic Electric MGA12012HF-A25, 2,400 rpm, 84.8 cfm, 37 dBA) on its bottom part.

This unit has a modular cabling system with five connectors (one for a video card power cable and four for SATA and peripheral power cables). Three cables are permanently attached to the power supply. This power supply comes with the following cables:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 21.6” (55 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector and one EPS12V connector, 21.3” (54 cm) to the two ATX12V connectors, 5.9” (15 cm) to the EPS12V connector, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two six/eight-pin connectors for video cards, 22” (56 cm) to the first connector, 4” (10 cm) between connectors, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two six/eight-pin connectors for video cards, 22” (56 cm) to the first connector, 4” (10 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with three SATA power connectors, 21.3” (54 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors and two standard peripheral power connectors, 21.3” (54 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with one SATA power connector and one standard peripheral power connector, 21.3” (54 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors, two standard peripheral power connectors, and one floppy disk drive power connector, 21.3” (54 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system

All wires are 18 AWG, which is the correct gauge to be used.

The cable configuration is very good for a 750 W product.

FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W power supplyFigure 3: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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