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A 300watt boost to your system

by Steve Kerrison on 12 July 2006, 10:42

Tags: FSP Group (TPE:3015)

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A new product from FSP looks set to provide a power boost to systems struggling to feed hungry SLI and CrossFire hardware.

The idea behind FSP's Booster X3 is that when users get an urge for some multi-GPU action, but fear their existing PSU won't be up for it, they can use this as a secondary PSU to meet to satisfy a pair of power hungry graphics cards.

From the specs of the Booster X3, it only serves to provide 12V. We're guessing, then, that it simply possesses a pair of PCIe power connectors for use with two graphics cards. However, FSP could have implemented it differently. Unfortunately their press release doesn't detail this. The specs also say there's a ripple of 150V, so we're hoping that actually means mV.

Booster X3

Visible in this shot is the fascia of the Booster X3 with its blue LEDs. Behind that fascia are two intake fans to provide cooling. They are quiet in operation, according to FSP. The Booster X3 will fit into a spare 5.25" expansion bay, so you won't need to get your Dremel out for this secondary PSU installation.

The Booster X3 will have a price tag of around £55 exc. VAT when it becomes available next week. That does make it cheaper than buying a new 600W+ PSU, so perhaps FSP have a handy little product here, although its market may be limited by the fact that it seems exclusively suited to the upgrading enthusiast on a budget.

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150V ripple on a 12V line! :o :p
tbh if i was to be considering new sli or crossfire then i would just buy a new psu, to add another with the extra heat , plug etc seems a bit on the lazy side, if you have to open the case to put a new card in then a psu isnt that much extra work ….
I'm of the opinion that if it is as solid at supply as FSP claim, then it could actually work. And, if you buy sensibly, it could even save you some money via combined purchase costs, electricity bills and upgrade costs.

As part of a planned PC upgrade it has merit, and I can see it appealing to the enthusiast too. Best tool for any particular job and all that, if it works and fits in with the rest of a system, surely?
This is a pretty cool little PSU actually :)

solid and stable under load and should be able to handle anything today's GPU's can throw at it :)

There's a review available for it :)
Wouldn't mind seeing a full featured PSU of similar size. Would open up a lot of space in some cases. Thats not going to be a huge market though :P

I'm curious as to how it's gets it's power surely you wont have a kettle style lead dragging through the inside of your case.