FSP-Booster-X3-Dual-300W-VGA-Power-Supply-for-SLI - £27.01incl @ MicroDirect - HotUKDeals
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FSP-Booster-X3-Dual-300W-VGA-Power-Supply-for-SLI - £27.01incl @ MicroDirect

£27.01 @ Microdirect
Can't actually find anywhere else that does this unit but occured to me with all the cheap gfx card deals this might save someone £20-50 on a bigger psu to power their new toy/s Read More
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8y, 2m agoFound 8 years, 2 months ago
Can't actually find anywhere else that does this unit but occured to me with all the cheap gfx card deals this might save someone £20-50 on a bigger psu to power their new toy/s
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banned#2
Nice one mate....I may need this in the near future
#3
I like it, nice one:thumbsup:
#4
very nice price, although if you are running some of the more beafy cards like the gtx 295 you'll need something with more grunt than this, do check the amps required carefully!
#5
although this may seem handy i carnt help but wonder if your psu isnt powerfull enough for gfx cards then why buy this to go alongside a psu that just isnt good enough anyways, like spending good money after bad. i'd spend about 30-40£ on a 500+ watt psu and save the clutter of two devices for the one purpose. psu's are so easy to fit my grandmother could have done it. just make sure it has at least 1 6pin pci-e connector and your good to go plus you'll have the old psu as a backup/tester should you ever need one ;)
#6
Super_Bob
very nice price, although if you are running some of the more beafy cards like the gtx 295 you'll need something with more grunt than this, do check the amps required carefully!


You sure? The quoted PSU spec is on the basis that it is running the rest of the machine too!
Remember, this is on top of the fitted PSU
#7
tbh, PSU's probably don't even need a 6 pin connector, the main thing to look for these days is the main motherboard power connector, which these days on most boards is a 24 pin connection, as opposed to the old 20 pin standard.

i imagine that connection is commonplace these days, but on my last upgrade it wasn't. As for the 6 pin connectors, the 4870 card i bought recently requires 2x 6pin connectors (the greedy sod) but Sapphire being the kind souls that they are included two 4 to 6 pin convertor cables in the biox with the card :)

but yeah, as you say this seems a bit of a pointless gadget to me, as you can get a good quality PSU for 5-10 quid more.
#8
This is a really great product that I wish I had bought instead of replacing my psu when I went for dual GTX 260's. Would have saved me around £40, I will definately recommend it.
#9
Super_Bob & irradiated - couldn't agree more :thumbsup:

For only £7.50 more, one can get a 700W FSP with 2x 6pin PCI-E connectors.

This is a bit of a gimmicky PSU nowadays. And was aimed at users 3 years ago (as one can see from review dates) when it might've made better sense as powerful PSUs were quite expensive.

Edit: Well looks like JB's experience above has just refuted what I said!
#10
for those with the older 20 pin mobo, the 24 pin adaptors have the last 4 pins on a removable bit so they are 20 or 24 pins
#11
Would much rather buy a decent PSU in the first place, as said the FSP 700W PSU is a much better buy.
#12
COLD COLD COLD Scan had there wicked FSP 700watt psu on for just over £30 a couple of days ago and its always on today only sometimes for £29.99 this is a stupid idea only powers graphics cards takes up a bay gets stinking hot if you have a card that need a bigger PSU than you've got do yourself a favour and buy a better PSU even a cheap PSU will do you better these where close to £70 when some ******** released them but it shows how good they are and it would be a question if they would run some of today's monsters in xfire or sli or even 1 card up.

How this could have made it over a 100c is beyond me it tells me that some people havent a clue i wouldnt buy one of these if they where on at a tenner if there was a freezing vote it wouldnt be cold enough.

I know its not on now put it will be within the week and that will run anything and is in the 80+ club for efficiency
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/175756/fsp-700-80gln-700w-psu-34-06-scan/
#13
dca860
You sure? The quoted PSU spec is on the basis that it is running the rest of the machine too!
Remember, this is on top of the fitted PSU


The GTX 295 is actually fairly modest at 215W, so as long as you're only planning to run a single one you should be fine with this. The 4870X2 might be pushing your luck though, as it's been recorded drawing 265W linky.

irradiated
although this may seem handy i carnt help but wonder if your psu isnt powerfull enough for gfx cards then why buy this to go alongside a psu that just isnt good enough anyways, like spending good money after bad.


Why on earth is the power of your original PSU relevent?
#14
EndlessWaves
The GTX 295 is actually fairly modest at 215W, so as long as you're only planning to run a single one you should be fine with this. The 4870X2 might be pushing your luck though, as it's been recorded drawing 265W linky.


The only reason you would entertain this is if you had a pants PSU even a decent 450watt will run a top card and saying you have your PSU aswell is pointless as if your looking at these it means that your PSU is loaded way up so that has nothing to do with it.

Why would you mention the 295 if you had one of those you wouldn't be putting it on one of these you would have a 1000watt+ by corsair or the like as someones said this was from years ago when big supplies where expensive even then it was a bad idea the only thing that's good about this is the manufacturer being FSP other than that its like cheap tat that will make you rig look like a dogs dinner.
#15
EndlessWaves

Why on earth is the power of your original PSU relevent?


others undestood it, read it again if in doubt, the whole post makes perfect sense when you read it
#16
Ok just to clear up a few things:

Not all power supplies are the same, 700watt £30 unnamed jobby is imho in no way as good as a 700watt Enermax/Tagon etc. You may say 'oh but it has the same power' yes but to go all cheesey on you for a moment 'power is nothing without control'. The output from a cheap psu at high current draws is almost always shaky and a very dirty signal. Not something you want anywhere near your nice shiny new mobo/graphics card etc.

The evga gtx 295 needs 46amps (from their faq):
GTX 295 models:
Minimum of a 680 Watt power supply
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 46 amps)
An available 6 pin PCI-E and 8 pin PCI-E power connector

Not that many psu's carry that kind of rating on a single +12v rail, this is why i was saying do check the ratings of things first.

I should point out that i'm not against cheap and chearfull psu's i have many of them in myself in smaller systems that wont ever need that much current nor that clean a signal. However when i purchased my 295 my very good but slightly old now Enermax 620watt (which i paid something like £150 way back when) was slightly under powered and it did not have the 8pin connections nor enough grunt on a single +12v line. This is where booster psu's come in.

IMHO a booster psu is for when your decent but older psu is more than enough to run the current system but has not quite got enough grunt to stretch to the brand new graphics card, thats the gap its aiming for.

This FSP X3 and its bigger newer brother the x5 where ones i did consider although in the end i went for the Thermaltake Toughpower 650W as i had the drive bay space to spare and it would mean that i could easilly support running dual 295's in the future should i so wished. On amazon its going for about £60, that saved me quite a lot considdering buying a single psu that could run 2x295's and the system (1kw+) would be between £200-£300 and would leave me with my old enermax, which was still perfectly respectable, sitting around being wasted. Yes if i was building from scratch i would go to the extra expense but being as i was only upgrading it was not worth the extra money on top of the price of the card.

Anyway enough with my rambling as i've kinda forgotten what i was going on about, OP good price, good find, heat added. Carry on people!
#17
Super_Bob, I may agree to the x5 version, but not this one that was clearly aimed at users 3 years ago & would've probably made much better sense at the time :thumbsup:

polly69;5240002
How this could have made it over a 100c is beyond me it tells me that some people havent a clue i wouldnt buy one of these if they where on at a tenner if there was a freezing vote it wouldnt be cold enough.
A bit OTT, but hey everyone has a right to his/her opinion.

polly69;5240002
I know its not on now put it will be within the week and that will run anything and is in the 80+ club for efficiency
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/175756/fsp-700-80gln-700w-psu-34-06-scan/

Actually it's been on offer over the weekend.
#18
whoops ignore this post :)
#19
Is this a kinda add for more power for your current PSU?
#20
1Jim0
Is this a kinda add for more power for your current PSU?


yes, it works alongside it.
Video card power supply - active Power Factor Correction (PFC) - 5.25" drive bay with 2 x 6 pin pci-e

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