Aurum Pro 850W Overview
The first thing I noticed when I took the Aurum Pro out of the package was that it was unlike any other power supply I have reviewed before. The unit itself is coated in what FSP calls a “rugged Granite-Touch finish”. This not only gives the power supply a different feel when you pick it up but also a very different look inside of your case. We received the 850W version of the power supply, but FSP also offers it in 1000W and 1200W versions.
Starting at the bottom of the power supply you have a large 135mm cooling fan. This is a PWM long life HDB (Hydro Dynamic Bearing) so not only will it be quiet, but it will keep your components nice and cool as the temperature inside your case rises. On the opposite side (top) you have a sticker that has your input and output graphs on it.
On the back of the power supply you have the power switch and power connection as well as quite a few ventilation holes. These are not the normal honeycomb holes we are used to seeing on power supplies. They are what FSP calls their Arrow Flow Technology, which they say makes use of aerodynamics and physical properties of hot air to improve and speed up hot air extraction. On each side of the power supply is an embossed FSP logo.
As many 80PLUS Gold or higher power supplies are this power supply is only partly modular. Connected to the power supply is the 24pin ATX power connector, CPU power connector and two PCI-Express power connectors. Taking a closer look it is good to see that these cables are sleeved all the way in to the power supply and there is a plastic ring around the hole that they go in to.
On the front of the power supply you will find the connections for your modular cables. They are labeled which is nice. Also interesting to see two fan connections here, so you will be able to connect your fans directly to your power supply. There is also a small row of the ventilation holes along the bottom of the power supply.