FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w review
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Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:57
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FSP has been designing psu's for long time, and had some really good models.Today we will have a look at Everest 80 plus series, and specifically at the 500w model, which is intended to be a high quality and efficient psu at a low price.

 

 


 

 

Let's have a look at the features and specifications!

 


 

All data is taken from FSP website:

 

FEATURES

  • Compliant with Intel Core 2 Extreme &AMD Athlon 64,Phenom series 
  • ATX 12V V2.2 ready & EPS 12V V2. 91
  • 4-Channel 12V Rails Design
  • Meets 80PLUS
  • High Efficiency >85% 
  • Supports NVIDIA & ATI VGA Card
  • Supports SATA power-connector
  • Environmentally Friendly PSU with Active PFC
  • Energy Saving on Standby Mode<1W
  • 120mm Variable Speed Fan with Ultra Low Noise
  • Super Low Nosie 21 dB<20% loading (Silent Guard)
  • Full Range Input with Complete Protection (OVP;OCP;SCP)
  • True Total Power

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Efficiency 85%
Input  Voltage 100-240 VAC
Frequency 50Hz - 60Hz
PFC   Active
Power Provided 500W
Over-Current  Protection V
Over-Voltage  Protection V
Short-Circuit  Protection V
Line Type Main connector 20+4PIN
4Pin+12V Power Connector 4PIN/8PIN
4Pin Floppy Connector 1
S-ATA Connector 5
4Pin Connector 6
PCI-Express Connector 6PIN,6+2PIN
Case Color BLUE
Chassis Fan 120mm
Noise <21 dBA 
Form Factor ATX 12V 2.2
Safety Approval UL, CSA, TUV, CB, CE, FCC, VDE
Dimensions(LxWxH)mm 165*150*86

 

 

Let's see the packaging!

 


The packaging is very nice, with colourful background, and a transparent window in the middle that allows us to see the psu.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

From the back we can have a more detailed look at the features and specifications.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

At the one side we can see some features of the Everest 80 Plus 500w.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

At the other side there is a diagram of the psu and the cables.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

The psu is well protected inside the package.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

If we lift the side pieces the modular cables and power cable are revealed.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Accessories include 4 screws,4 thumb screws,user manual, ans FSP sticker, some cable ties and a power cable.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Let's have a closer look!

 

 


The Everest 80 Plus 500w has blue color, and gold fan guard.The cables are sleeved.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

We can have a closer look at the transparent 12cm fan, with the golden fan guard and the FSP logo in the middle.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

From the back we can see the hot air exhaust and the power switch that has a led and turns blue when the psu is on.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

A closer look at the side, and the perfect finishing!

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

At the other side we can see the product sticker

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

From the front we can see the modular cable connectors.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Let's have a look at the inside!


Everest 80 Plus 500w seems quite tidy from the inside, with sufficient heatsinks for its wattage.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Transient filtering is not the best I have seen, it has 2 c-capacitors,1 x-capacitor and a ferrite ring.I would expect something more since sufficient filtering is very critical.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

The fuse is inside a protective cover,so if anything occurs and blows it won't damage other components.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

The main capacitor is Teapo, 390μF rated at 85 degrees. Not the best, but it is a respectable branded capacitor. 

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Secondary caps are not made by the same manufacturer, this is something I don't like at all.Some are Teapo, and some CapXon or crapXon as they are used to be called.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Internal build quality seemed to be good when I first opened it, but many components are seperated with tape and they are touching each other.So build quality is simply average.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

The 12cm fan is made by ADDA, known for the high quality of its products.

FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w

 

Let's move to the testing!


Power supply testing methodology

  • For testing power supplies I am using a homemade tester that consists of multiple power resistors and amperometers.
  • This allows me to control with pin point accuracy the exact load at each rail
  • One more reason to test psu's with this method is that high power power supplies(800+ watts) are very difficult to be tested with a normal system.With the tester I am using I can achieve loads of up to 1800 watts.
  • Readings are taken with a high sensitivity digital multimeter, and if required a voltage drop diagram is made.
  • In order for a test to be considered successful the psu has to be able to perform it for 2 hours.
  • Noise levels are recorded from 10cm away from the back of the psu(air exhaust) 




TESTING Part 1st (Real testing)

At this part the FSP Everest 80 Plus 500w will be tested in real conditions, in my pc that was built for this reason.

Testbed

  • CPU:Intel core i7-950 @ stock speed
  • Mobo:EVGA X58 Sli
  • VGA:Dual MSI GTX 260@ Sli(Only one vga was used for this review)
  • Memory:Adata 6Gb kit
  • HDD: 4x Seagate 500Gb


This system is able to draw about 500w, so it will push the Everest 80 Plus 500w to its limits.All reading were taken with a high sensitivity digital multimeter.In order to achive max load several instances of Orthos were running,with Furmark to stress the vga cards.Below we can see the results.

 

 

 

 

The Everest 80 Plus 500w remained very silent at idle, but at load the noise was high.This is normal because a 500w psu is not intended for a computer like this and is really pushed to its limits.The psu had some voltage drop, but not anything to worry about.

 


TESTING Part 2nd(Synthetic testing)

At this part my homemade psu tester is used.This allows me to know the exact load of each rail.This is very usefull because I can measure the efficiency and also see if the psu can really provide the specified wattage.

Please note that synthetic testing is much more difficult for the power supply, and this means that it has more voltage drop than with the same load at a real system. 

Here are the results:

 

Part 1 - 30% load

 Voltage Line
Power Load(Amps/Watts)
Voltage 
 3.3v 6A/19.8w3.42v
 5v 7A/35w 5.12v
 12v1 2A/24w 12.24v
 12v2 2A/24w 12.23v
 12v3 2A/24w 12.24v
 12v4 2A/24w 12.21v

 

 

Part 2 - 50% load

 Voltage Line
Power Load(Amps/Watts)
Voltage 
 3.3v 8A/26.4w 3.31v
 5v 9A/45w 5.01v
 12v1 4A/48w 12.13v
 12v2 4A/48w 12.08v
 12v3 4A/48w 12.18v
 12v4 4A/48w 12.07v

 

 

Part 3 - 80% load

 Voltage Line
Power Load(Amps/Watts)
Voltage 
 3.3v 14A/42.6w 3.24v
 5v 16A/80w 4.92v
 12v1 6A/72w 11.98v
 12v2 6A/72w 11.97v
 12v3 6A/72w 11.98v
 12v4 6A/72w 12.01v

 

 

Part 4 - 100% load

 Voltage Line
Power Load(Amps/Watts)
Voltage 
 3.3v 16A/52.8w 3.22v
 5v 18A/90w 4.91v
 12v1 8A/96w 11.82v
 12v2 8A/96w 11.86v
 12v3 8A/96w 11.81v
 12v4 8A/96w 11.84v

 

Part 5 - Individual line loads(each line is tested alone with the maximum specified load)

 Voltage Line
Power Load(Amps/Watts)
Voltage 
 3.3v 36A/118.8w 3.18v
 5v 30A/150w 4.79v
 12v1 18A/216w 11.76v
 12v2 18A/216w 11.78v
 12v3 18A/216w 11.81v
 12v4 18A/216w 11.79v

 

Efficiency(measured by using a consumption meter for known loads)

 LoadEfficiency
 30% ~84%
 50% ~82%
 80% ~83%
 100% ~81%

 

Temperatures

 LoadExhaust temperature(Celcius)
 30%               
 25.8
 50% 29.2
 80% 36.7
 100% 45.1

 

Everest 80 Plus 500w was able to withstand 500w load for 2 hours.The noise was high, and there was a significant voltage drop, but it was working!After the first hour of 100% load, the voltages dropped a bit, this is a sign of poor cooling, but never dropped to a critical level.Also efficiency is above 80% at all loads!

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

Everest 80 Plus 500w is a middle range psu that can provide 500w of continuous power, but with some voltage drop.So it is not recommended for high end systems.It has high efficiency, above 80% at all loads and remains silent at loads under 50%.Efficiency is above 80% at all loads, but the internal build quality could be better(secondary caps of various brands is not good sign)

 

 

Pros

  • Nice looking
  • Silent at loads below 50%

 

Cons

  • Moderate build quality
  • Moderate transient filtering
  • Voltage drop at high loads(>80%)

 

 

 

 



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