FSP Blue Storm II 500W Power Supply Unit (High quality and quiet) - Today only misprice? £35.24 - HotUKDeals
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Look in seciton two of today only - just £35.24 (free delivery from scan if you signed up for it at the time).

Original price is £58.62 ( http://www.scan.co.uk/products/productinfo.asp?WebProductID=639324 ), and even the Blue Storm I is cheaper, so I'm thinking this is a misprice. Have snapped one up myself for £35.24 delivered.

Have looked at several reviews, and general consensus is its an excellent mid range power supply (bear in mind the power supply is reviewed at the full price of ~£60!)

Reviews:

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTMzOSwxNywsaGVudGh1c2lhc3Q=

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8186&page=6

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Features

ATX 12V V2.2 with dual 12V output compliant
with 24 / 20 pin adapter connector
High Efficiency up to 85%
PCI-E graphic card power connectors
S-ATA power connectors
True total power
Safety: UL, CB, CE, CSA, TÜV, Nemko, FCC Class B,
BSMI, CCC, C-TICK, GOST


Specifications

ATX 12V V2.2
Dual 12V output
High Efficiency >85%
Serial ATA connectors for HDD
Supports PCI-Express connectors
Energy saving on standby mode <1W
Thermal coated, blue protective casing
Environmentally friendly power supply with Active PFC
120mm fan with variable thermal sensing control
True Total Power

**********Sorry, what I meant was even the Blue Storm I is more expensive - rushed this out so people could buy it beofre they correct it/sell out!*********************

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#1
they appear to have corrected it already now shows as £65.66 delivered

edit. nope strike that. it works if you do as OP says but if you use the standard menus its more expensive
#2
still £35.24 as far as I can see
#3
how do you get that price delivered? I have it with 5.99 carriage
#4
h0nhon
how do you get that price delivered? I have it with 5.99 carriage


A few months ago (maybe even a year ago now!) scan did a free delivery for life deal - I think you may still be able to get free del by being a hexus.net forum member, although you'll have to check!
#5
Does anyone please know if this PSU would this be powerful enough to power an ATI X1950 Pro AGP video card that recommends you have 30a on the 12v rail?
#6
Funnily enough, i've just received a brand new PSU from Scan today and just fitted it in the last few minutes. I have to say that mine looks almost identical to the one in the pic apart from mines silver, quieter (says 20db on the box), is 550 watts and cost £19.38 delivered.

All depends whether you want a blue one or not I suppose.

http://www.scan.co.uk/images/products/132721-A.jpg

In reality the mesh side covers the whole of the side and there's an on/off switch right next to the power intake.
#7
Mumjit - would be amazed if not, I power the same card on a no-name PSU, which came in a case that cost £20!
#8
Good deal voted hot. FSP Sparkle >>>> EZCool.
#9
RedOnRed
Funnily enough, i've just received a brand new PSU from Scan today and just fitted it in the last few minutes. I have to say that mine looks almost identical to the one in the pic apart from mines silver, quieter (says 20db on the box), is 550 watts and cost £19.38 delivered.

All depends whether you want a blue one or not I suppose.

http://www.scan.co.uk/images/products/132721-A.jpg

In reality the mesh side covers the whole of the side and there's an on/off switch right next to the power intake.


There's a wealth of difference between most cheap branded power supplies and the more expensive brands. I'd definately watch the load on your rails as cheap power supplies tend to be just that. You may think you're getting like for like but there's a big reason why two power supplies at a rating of 500w can have a £50 difference in price.

I've seen far too many cases of cheap brands blowing and taking the motherboard and CPU with them. So much so, it's the one component where quality needs to always come over price.
#10
That psu is not the same EZcool psu's are cheap nasty rubbish in the trade we swap these if we come across them there is no way on earth thats 550w. I once had a case with 1 of these in which was supposed to be 550w i also had a expensive 550w in stock i put them on the scales to check the weight and the real 550w supply was 4 times the weight.

Dont want to be funny but you get what you pay for with power supplys and if you have a expensive rig the last thing you want to do is trust it with a cheap psu. Ive had a few pc's with these cheap power supplys for repair and usually when they go the do lots more damage be warned.
#11
polly69
That psu is not the same EZcool psu's are cheap nasty rubbish in the trade we swap these if we come across them there is no way on earth thats 550w. I once had a case with 1 of these in which was supposed to be 550w i also had a expensive 550w in stock i put them on the scales to check the weight and the real 550w supply was 4 times the weight.

Dont want to be funny but you get what you pay for with power supplys and if you have a expensive rig the last thing you want to do is trust it with a cheap psu.Ive had a few pc's with these cheap power supplys for repair and usually when the go the do lots more damage be warned.


Funny that, i'm an IT engineer and completely disagree with you.

All I know is that i've put the thing in knowing full well before hand that it has to have adequate power to power my system along with the graphics card I have and it does all that perfectly. I can live without the blue and neon stuff.
#12
RedOnRed
Funnily enough, i've just received a brand new PSU from Scan today and just fitted it in the last few minutes. I have to say that mine looks almost identical to the one in the pic apart from mines silver, quieter (says 20db on the box), is 550 watts and cost £19.38 delivered.

Are you joking?

It's a bloody power supply - of course they look basically the same. It hardly tells you anything about the differences of the actual internals.
#13
Halo
Are you joking?

It's a bloody power supply - of course they look basically the same. It hardly tells you anything about the differences of the actual internals.

It's just replaced a branded pricey PSU I got from Maplins which was three times the price and lasted only a couple of years. The old PSU that the Maplins one replaced was cheap and came free with the case and is still going stong in my parents PC after 6 years.

What makes you think that the one that's £15 more is superior? They're all made in China and have similar specs and warranties.

It was a toss up between the one I got and this one from Ebuyer that's even cheaper and gets 99 pretty good reviews.

TBH, i'm about to replace my PC and just wanted a cheapo PSU to keep it going until I sort out a replacement.
#14
RedOnRed
Funny that, i'm an IT engineer and completely disagree with you.

All I know is that i've put the thing in knowing full well before hand that it has to have adequate power to power my system along with the graphics card I have and it does all that perfectly. I can live without the blue and neon stuff.


Have to agree strongly with Polly.

Think about what a PSU actually does... and you'd trust a system costing as much as £1000 or more to something cheap and shoddy that costs £20? Cheaper PSUs are far less efficient, more noisy and less reliable. Much more prone to a catastrophic failure, too.

I build and repair systems for profit. Needless to say all my systems come with a warranty and I wouldn't put my reputation or finances on the line by using a cheap, junk PSU.

FSP are an excellent make and that's what makes this a good deal.

RedOnRed, you can actually feel the difference between a cheap PSU and a good one. A good one weights as much as 3-4 times the weight of a cheap one - the insides are very different. From the quality of the capacitors to the size of the heatsinks that are vital for cooling.

Also, just because one decent brand PSU failed - every company will have a failures at some point - and your cheap one is still running it doesn't eally say anything. Those are just two instances.

if you're putting it an old/cheapo system then it makes sense. But bot for your main system with crucial data.
#15
It's a good price. Its on Scan today's only offer and I don't think its a misprice but without the offer I do think its quite an expensive PSU.

Its from a known brand so it definetly better than other mediocre brand PSU. But I would rather spent more and go for Antec, Tagan or Hiper if building a high end PC.
#16
Hmmm, interesting, me against the rest of the world...i'll get my jacket.
#17
You calculate what the system is going to use the add some for good measure just because this says 550w doesnt mean that it is when you have seen what 1 does when it goes you will then agree my mate had a power cut when the power came back on the supply had baked his mobo and cpu.

Say you were out on site to a S.O.H.O and you have a sever just a small 1 sharing its reasorces with 5 workstations the server keeps restarting you suspect its the psu thats at fault not supplying a steady voltage whould you spec 1 of those or a decent make?

Blue/neon has nothing to do with it its a decent supply. That EZcool lights up doesnt it? have you ever felt the weight difference between the cheap and the decent stuff of the same wattage? it shows what stuff goes in to them.
#18
zhc
It's a good price. Its on Scan today's only offer and I don't think its a misprice but without the offer I do think its quite an expensive PSU.

Its from a known brand so it definetly better than other mediocre brand PSU. But I would rather spent more and go for Antec, Tagan or Hiper if building a high end PC.


Not so...

FSP are an OEM manufacturer - this means that they make PSUs for other companies to a certain specification and then this other company brands them and re-distributes them under their own name. This is done for exactly the reason you've just pointed out - people don't know the FSP name so they can't sell as many units with it. FSP make Nexus PSUs and I believe Zalan too, along with many others. Wit would not surprise me if they make Hiper units too. So people just pay more for the latter companies usually just for the name.

Heard about the Corsair PSUs that everyone is talking about? Seasonic make them for Corsair yet get little of the credit/recognition. Seasonic are another of the world's few PSU OEMs. Though they earned a lot of respect for their own name with their S12 line.
#19
Alright, alright, it was just a cheapo one to tide me over.

Point taken that there might be some variation in quality.

I might get another one and use the Ezcool as an emergency backup. Now what can anyone recommend...the one in this offer is it?
#20
Even the very best PSUs will only put out around80% of the power they're rated to due to inefficiencies (power lost as heat) in the AC to DC conversion. And 80% is a high figure that most that do achieve it will only do so under optimum conditions (the right temperature and a load usually somewhere close to the maximum possible output)

A cheap PSU might not even put out 60% of what it says it does.
#21
RedOnRed
Alright, alright, it was just a cheapo one to tide me over.

Point taken that there might be some variation in quality.

I might get another one and use the Ezcool as an emergency backup. Now what can anyone recommend...the one in this offer is it?


This FSP is as close to as good as anything at the £60 mark in my opinion.
#22
RedOnRed
Funny that, i'm an IT engineer and completely disagree with you.


If that's true, then you'd have plenty of experience of what happens to an performance system when you use a cheap low quality PSU.

It's also worth noting that the efficiency of the FSP BlueStorm is 85%, which is very good. I can't find any figures for the EZcool, which is most likely a bad thing..
#23
radicalbyte
If that's true, then you'd have plenty of experience of what happens to an performance system when you use a cheap low quality PSU.

It's also worth noting that the efficiency of the FSP BlueStorm is 85%, which is very good. I can't find any figures for the EZcool, which is most likely a bad thing..


Yes it is true and believe it or not most companies don't use high end gaming PC's with ninja PSU's.

As far as I can see the FSP is 80% efficient.
#24
I don't trust cheap PSUs at all.
Expensive power supplies are more of an investment than just a means of getting your system running. I had an Antec Truepower that is an excellent PSU and never gave me a bit of hassle and is now what I use for testing and also is what powers my Test machine.

I now use a Silverstone PSU which cost about £120 and I don't expect any hassle at all from it. It powers my Quad Xeon workstation that is on 24/7 with 8 hard disks - I'd like to see an EZ Cool do that.

Everyone considers themselves an IT Engineer these days...
#25
azazael
Everyone considers themselves an IT Engineer these days...


Do they? I didn't realise that. What's that got to do with me?

Before anyone else makes another snidey remark, I have to admit that I don't normally deal with top end PSU's at home or at work. Having said that, i'd be surprised if the big brands ship with decent PSU's and they seem to do OK. Admittedly they have lower resources though.
#26
RedOnRed
Hmmm, interesting, me against the rest of the world...i'll get my jacket.



I've changed one or two PSU's over the years. I've seen cheap PSU's last for years and I've also seen more expensive ones go pop after a few months.

This is a good deal and I'm tempted to buy at this price but I would not waste my money on anything more expensive. :thumbsup:
#27
RedOnRed
Having said that, i'd be surprised if the big brands ship with decent PSU's and they seem to do OK. Admittedly they have lower resources though.


I worked In Evesham for 6 months when I finished Uni and was still hunting for a job in Web Design. They're amongst the very few PC companies I'd work for because I consiider them to be good quality. They always used branded units, usually Tagan.
#28
How do you work out how powerful a psu you will need for a computer build?

I'm buying a gigabyte ds3, C2D E4300, 2gig pc6400 ram, 320mb 8800gts + 500gb sata drive.

Would this 500w be sufficient?
#29
sumpter
How do you work out how powerful a psu you will need for a computer build?

I'm buying a gigabyte ds3, C2D E4300, 2gig pc6400 ram, 320mb 8800gts + 500gb sata drive.

Would this 500w be sufficient?


500W is more than enough. Other than your graphics card, that's not a hugely demanding system. By my estimations it would pull well under 300W at full load.

How do you work it out? By knowing/estimating the power consumption of individual components, adding it up, taking into account PSU inefficiencies (with a good PSU 75% is a safe assumption for peak power usage) and adding a little margin error to be on the safe side.

There are PSU calculators out there but they make some wild assumptions and come bak with figures often way above what's actually needed. My system pulls under 100W full load (AC draw, I have a wattage meter) but I had one of those calculators, the best one I'm told, tell me my system was using 235W :whistling: I can only imagine how it skews higher powered systems.
#30
I am also expecting a pretty decent overclock on the E4300 aswell I might add so have to safe! :D
#31
sumpter
I am also expecting a pretty decent overclock on the E4300 aswell I might add so have to safe! :D


Even OCing both cores and the graphics card, you're still very safe.

One thing to mention in general is that if you get a PSU specced way above what you're systems uses it will run less efficiently than the same model of PSU with a lower output i.e. if you have a system that pulls 150W - a 250W FSP will give you greater efficiency than a 500W. This is due to what I mentioned before about PSUs running more efficient the closer they get to their maximum output (usually around 80-90% before they start tailing off again, sharply).

Just means you'd save some money when buying it and save a little on the electricity bill. There'd also be a little less heat in the system as there'd be less waste energy.
#32
I wonder if this PSU is quiet? Nobody mentions if it's quiet...
#33
sumpter
I am also expecting a pretty decent overclock on the E4300 aswell I might add so have to safe! :D

Well, I have an E4300 + DS3 which i've overclocked from 1800mhz to 3200mhz. It's been running fine from my el cheapo PSU (a dual-fan 500W Magna one I bought for just £10 a couple of years ago).

FYI, the way I overclocked was, I reduced the CPU multiplier to 8x and doubled the FSB speed to 400mhz. This lets me run my PC6400 memory at the standard 800mhz with 1:1 timings (2x mem. multiplier), which is supposed to be a good thing (i'm not really an expert on OCing). I also increased the core voltage to 1.4V (from 1.325V), and the (G)MCH voltage by +0.1V (these voltages are midway between the defaults and those used in a higher overclock that I read about). This overclock has been working flawlessly for me. I play Test Drive Unlimited quite a lot which is a fairly CPU intensive game, and it runs great.
#34
montblanc
I wonder if this PSU is quiet? Nobody mentions if it's quiet...


FSPs with the 120mm are always pretty decent on the noise front. A lot quieter than any cheap PSU and quieter than a lot of basic Antec PSU models. It's not among the best such as Seasonic, though.

It's difficult to comment on noise because everyone has a different idea of what acceptable is. It's also completely dependent on the rest of your system and the environment the PC resides in e.g. busy livingroom or quiet bedroom at night. If you have a modern graphics card with a small fan then this will probably be quieter than it. Same goes if you're using the stock CPU heatsink without any fan control.
#35
stora
I've changed one or two PSU's over the years. I've seen cheap PSU's last for years and I've also seen more expensive ones go pop after a few months.

This is a good deal and I'm tempted to buy at this price but I would not waste my money on anything more expensive. :thumbsup:


I had an FSP supply and it died after 13 months.

I now use a cheap PSU from Ebuyer which has out lasted the so called quality brand FSP. Works fine on my E6600 system.:-D
#36
I've got an Antec True 380SP, I'm building a PC for my mum and going to pass it on as i'll be needing more power soon.
#37
I'd expect the FSP to be quieter, not least due to it's single 120mm fan. However, without having them both in hand to compare side by side it'd be impossible to say.

If you're looking specifically for a very quiet PSU to upgrade to then I'd say pay the extra and get a Seasonic S12. The 430W is good value.
#38
This one? http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=618000 It's a shame it's £20 more than the Blue Storm but thank you gor the advice and i'll consider it.
#39
custom pc did a feature some time back on power supplies and stated cheap power supplies i.e no names come free in low priced pc cases etc waste around double energy used and are hot and loud
#40
Some(not all by any means!) unjustified attacks on RedOnRed above really. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I for one agree with him - I have been a PC owner for around 10 years. In that entire time I have used no PSUs but the bog standard ones. Guess how many of those have failed or caused damage in this time - yep, zero. I too am an IT engineer(no not just "consider myself" to be - it is my job title), and we supply office based units from FS and HP. All of these units have very basic PSUs in, and are still very reliable. However, I am sure that my opinion will change when eventually one of my PSUs dies - I still await that day. There is no doubt that a good make PSU is important for SOME systems - very high end and power intensive systems, certainly those with high end GFX and/or SLI configs. However, it is fairly non constructive to scare everyone else(who are after all the vast majority) into thinking that they must have a named brand or they will fry their PC - this is grossly misleading at best. Lets not get all opinionated and inflict your opinion on everyone else guys - it is pretty clear that these PSUs have their place, as do bog standard ones, and other than this it is a matter of preference.

Rant over :)

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