FSP Group is a little known name to most enthusiasts, primarily because the company has only recently put its own name on its products. Founded in 1993 in Taiwan, FSP has been operating for years as an ODM, supplying OEMs with units for consumer computers or supplying more well-known companies with units to be rebadged and sold, including power supplies from Antec, Sparkle Power, OCZ, Nexus and Zalman. Its own line of Fortron Source was popular, as well. Notably, FSP designed the first fanless power supply and was one of the first to have an 80% efficient model. ThinkComputers received the 700W version of the Power Mod series.
Antec has been relatively quiet over the past year, just a few releases. This year at CES they invited us up to their suite to check out some of their new products and even to take a look at a prototype case that looks nothing like anything that is out right now! Let’s see what Antec will be releasing this year!
Jonathan Wendell, better known by his gaming handle “Fatal1ty,” came to fame in the gaming world after winning many well-known video game tournaments. With his success came sponsorships and eventually his own brand of computer parts and gaming supplies. OCZ produces Fatal1ty-brand RAM and has now produced a Fatal1ty-brand, non-modular, 700W power supply unit. ThinkComputers checks it out in this review.
Today I will be looking at an 80Plus 650 watter by bgears, the b-Tarantula. Sporting a 135mm fan, a pair of +12v rails at 20A, and a different style of modular construction called “SmartFlex Cable Management”, this power supply has up to 86% efficiency. Will the Tarantula do the trick? Read on to see!
bgears has been around since early 2005, originally under the name Bluegears. Due to some confusion with several other technology companies with the name “Bluegear”, they decided to change their name to bgears in 2007. Besides power supplies, bgears has a wide variety of products, including sound cards, cases, coolers, peripherals, fans, and fan controllers. They also distribute products of their European partners under the names Revoltec and be-Quiet.
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