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  Product:     FSP Group Silent Solution Kit  
  Price:     TBA
  Supplied By:     FSP Group
  Author:     Shennon
  Date:     December 8th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Michelle from FSP Group for sending the Silent Solution Kit for review.

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Introduction:

Computers are generally sold with the barest of components and system requirements. Most systems usually come equipped with a stock CPU cooler, basic fan and a lack-luster power supply. While the average consumer is either unaware of the under cooling or not concerned as the system performance. Hardcore computer enthusiasts are more than concerned and will add or replace the fans, coolers or power supply to feed the growing need for both power and the ability to keep system temperatures minimal. The FSP Group, based in Taiwan, has been manufacturing power supply units for various companies since 1993, and has recently developed an all-in-solution that promises silent operation in either an AMD or Pentium 4 platform. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Silent Solution Kit from the FSP Group.

Specifications:

The Silent Solution Kit is an all-inclusive package designed specifically to add cooling peroformance and silent operation to a standard computer system. The package includes all the necessary components and requires some installation. Here are some specifications taken directly from the FSP Group website:

Silent Power Supply (FSP300-60PN) - Key Features:
Silent Power Supply (FSP300-60PN): Manufactured by FSP Group
High efficiency, low ripple and noise
Output over voltage protection
Short circuit protection on all output
Reset table power shut down
Safety approved: UL, CSA, TUV, Nemko, FCC, C-tick, BSMI
Vacuum-impregnated transformer
Line input fuse protection
Remote ON/OFF Control: The Power supply shall accept a logic open collector level which will disable /enable all out put voltage (excluding +5V standby)
Temperature range: Operating 0C~50C storage-20C~+65C
Transient response: Output voltage recovers in less than 1 ms max. following a 25% load change
Hold-up time: 17.0 mS minimum : at 115V / 60 Hz.
17.0 mS minimum at 230V / 50 Hz.
Noise Level: 25 DBa
Efficiency: 65% min. 70% typical, at full load
Over current protection, Over voltage protection: +5V +3.3V +12V

Silent CPU Cooler - Key Features:
Dimensions: 70mm x 70mm x 20mm
Bearing Type: 1 ball 1 sleeve
Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Operating Voltage: 9.0 to 13.2 VDC
Noise Level < 30 DBa
Starting Voltage: 9.0 VDC
Motor Protection: Thermal Control & Tachometer output
Connector Type: 3 wire connector
Application: Intel Pentium 4 (up to 3.06 GHz)
Life Expectancy: 40 000 hours
Net Weight: 53 gm
Input Power: High Speed 1.8 W, Low Speed: 1.98 W
Rated Speed: ( 10%) High Speed 3200 RPM, Low Speed 2250 RPM
Airflow: High Speed 29.8 CFM, Low Speed 26.8 CFM
Static Pressure: High Speed 3.3 mmH2O, Low Speed 2.6 mmH2O

Silent System Fan (FSP9225F-2B01) - Key Features:
Dimensions: 92mm x 92mm x 25mm
Bearing Type: Dual Ball
Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Operating Voltage: 10.8 to 13.2 VDC
Starting Voltage: 8.0 VDC
Motor Protection: Thermal Control & Tachometer output
Connector Type: 3 wire connector
Life Expectancy: 50 000 hours
Noise Level: 20-22.6 dBA
Net Weight: 84 g
Rated Current: High Speed 0.07 A, Low Speed 0.04 A
Input Power: High Speed 0.84 W, Low Speed 0.48 W
Rated Speed: High Speed 1500 RPM, Low Speed 800 RPM
Airflow: High Speed 21.4 CFM, Low Speed 17.1 CFM
Static Pressure: High Speed1.19 mmH2O, Low Speed 0.76 mmH2O

FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
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FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
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The Silent Solution Kit is shipped in a briefcase style cardboard case with a white plastic carrying strap on the top. The FSP Group logo and the product specifications are on located all sides of the blue box.

FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
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FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
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Inside the box, the power supply is packaged separately from the CPU cooler and the 80mm fan to keep the heavier PSU from damaging the smaller and lighter parts during shipping. Upon opening up the smaller of the two boxes, the 80mm fan is positioned above the CPU cooler accessories. During the course of this review, I will be taking a look at each of the components separately.

FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
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FSP Group Silent Solution Kit
Silent System 92mm fan 3-pin header
 
The Silent System 92mm fan is two toned blue and is labeled with the FSP logo and part number. The fan itself did not come with a stock fan grill to keep small objects out of the spinning blades. The speed of the fan is dependant on the thermal diode (just above the logo on the right side), which adjusts the speed according to the temperature of the surrounding air. The hotter the air gets, the faster the fan spins to exhaust it. The Silent System 92mm fan can push up to 21.4 CFM of air, with a noise level of upwards of 22.6 dBA. The fan obtains the power through a three pin power connector that connects to a spare motherboard header. The fan does include a third wire which is useful for tracking RPM speeds using application software such as Motherboard Monitor.
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