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Conclusions

The FSP Aurum Gold 700 is the perfect solution for users that wanted an 80 Plus Gold power supply but never bought one because of the price. At only USD 130, this unit provides a terrific cost/benefit ratio. The highlight of the product is, of course, efficiency: it was between 89% and 91% when we pulled between 20% and 80% of the power supply labeled wattage (i.e., between 140 W and 560 W), dropping to 86.8% at full load.

Although the perfectionist user may complain about little things here and there (absence of an MOV, cable configuration, voltage regulation could be a little bit better, noise and ripple could be a lot better, efficiency at full load could be a tiny bit better), we think this unit is perfect for the mainstream user who wants to go to the next level in terms of efficiency.

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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.