Transient Filtering Stage
As we have mentioned in other articles and reviews, the first place we look when opening a power supply for a hint about its quality, is its filtering stage. The recommended components for this stage are two ferrite coils, two ceramic capacitors (Y capacitors, usually blue), one metalized polyester capacitor (X capacitor), and one MOV (Metal-Oxide Varistor). Very low-end power supplies use fewer components, usually removing the MOV and the first coil.
In the transient filtering stage, this power supply has two Y capacitors, one X capacitor, and one ferrite coil more than the minimum required, but it doesn’t have an MOV, which is in charge of removing spikes coming from the power grid. However, according to FSP, the design used by this power supply doesn’t require an MOV.
On the next page, we will have a more detailed discussion about the components used in the FSP Raider 650 W.