Page 1:FSP Twins 500W Redudant Power Supply Review
Page 2:Packaging, Contents, Exterior, And Cabling
Page 3:A Look Inside And Component Analysis
Page 4:FSP Guardian Software
Page 5:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
Page 6:Efficiency, Temperature, And Noise
Page 7:Protection Features And Transition Time
Page 8:Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
Page 9:Transient Response Tests
Page 10:Ripple Measurements
Page 11:Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise, And Efficiency Ratings
Page 12:Pros, Cons, And Final Verdict
A Look Inside And Component Analysis
Before proceeding with this page, we strongly encourage you to a look at our PSUs 101 article, which provides valuable information about PSUs and their operation, allowing you to better understand the components we're about to discuss. Our main tools for disassembling PSUs are a Thermaltronics soldering and rework station, and a Hakko FR-300 desoldering gun.
|Single Module Model||FSP520-20RGGBB1|
|FSP520-20RGGBB1 - Primary Side|
|Transient Filter||4x Y caps, 2x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV|
|Inrush Protection||NTC Thermistor & Diode|
|Bridge Rectifier(s)||1x GBU1506 (600V, 15A @ 100°C)|
|APFC MOSFETs||1x Infineon IPA60R165CP (650V, 13A @ 100°C, 0.165Ω)|
|APFC Boost Diode||1x Infineon IDH06G65C5 (650V, 6A @ 145°C)|
|Hold-up Cap(s)||2x Nichicon (420V, 150uF each, 5000h @ 105°C, PT)|
|Main Switchers||2x Infineon SPA11N80C3 (800V, 7.1A @ 100°C, 0.45Ω)|
|MCU 1||Texas Instruments MSP430AFE253 (12 MHz, 16-bit, Three-Channel ADC, SPI, UART)|
|MCU 2||Microchip PIC24FJ32GA (32 MHz, 16-bit, 10-Channel ADC, 2x SPI, 2x UART)|
|Topology||Primary side: Half-Bridge|
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification
|FSP520-20RGGBB1 - Secondary Side|
|+12V MOSFETs||2x NXP PSMN2R2-30YLC (30V, 100A @ 100°C, 2.8mΩ)|
|Filtering Capacitors||Electrolytics: Nippon Chemi-Con (KY, KZH, 105°C)|
Polymers: Nippon Chemi-Con
|Supervisor IC||HY-510N (OVP, UVP, FPL, PG)|
|Fan Model||Protechnic Electric MGT4012ZB-W28 (40mm, 12V, 0.40A, Double-Ball Bearing)|
|FSP520-20RGGBB1 - 5VSB Circuit|
|Rectifier||1x 30A60CT SBR (60V, 15A)|
|Standby PWM Controller||-|
|FSP500-70RGHBB1 - DC-DC Converters|
|5V & 3.3V||DC-DC Converters: 8x NXP PSMN2R2-30YLC (30V, 100A @ 100°C, 2.8mΩ)|
PWM Controller: APW7159C
|Filtering Capacitors||Electrolytics: Nippon Chemi-Con (105°C)|
Polymers: Nippon Chemi-Con, Teapo
|MCU||Microchip PIC24FJ32GA (32 MHz, 16-bit, 10-Channel ADC, 2x SPI, 2x UART)|
(HID USB-to-SMBus Bridge)
|Silicon Labs CP2112|
As mentioned, the FSP Twins 500W consists of a frame and a couple of power modules. The frame includes the DC-DC converters that generate the minor rails, along with the -12V regulation and digital communication circuits. The power modules generate the +12V rail and 5VSB output, and feature a digital design with two MCUs handling the control functions. Those MCUs are also responsible for the digital link to the frame.
On the primary side of the modules, a half-bridge topology appears to be used, while on the secondary side a synchronous design is utilized for generating the +12V rail. The modules' filtering caps are of high quality, and in addition to electrolytics, FSP also uses a number of polymer caps for increased reliability.
As usual, the transient filter starts at the AC receptacle and, in this case, includes two Y caps and a single X one. It continues on the main PCB with the same amount of Y and X caps, along with two CM chokes and an MOV. There is also an NTC thermistor providing protection against large inrush currents. An electromagnetic bypass relay supports this thermistor.
The single GBU1506 bridge rectifier is bolted on a dedicated heat sink.
We had to completely remove the bulk caps in order to take a good look at the APFC converter's parts. This wasn't easy due to the limited height of the APFC's heat sink. One Infineon IPA60R165CP FET is used here, along with a IDH06G65C5 boost diode provided by the same manufacturer. The bulk caps come from Nichicon and have 2.5x more lifetime than the bulk caps we usually find in high-end desktop PSUs.
The primary switching FETs, two Infineon SPA11N80C3s, are configured in a half-bridge topology.
Two MCUs are installed in each of the power modules. One of them handles control functions, while the other one most likely enables a digital link with the frame. The first MCU is a Texas Instruments MSP430AFE253 and the second is a Microchip PIC24FJ32GA.
On the secondary side of the modules, the +12V rail is rectified by a pair of NXP PSMN2R2-30YLC FETs. The electrolytic and polymer filtering caps come from Chemi-Con and are of high quality. We don't find any KZE caps in the Twins, only the better KY and KZH ones. Given the tight space inside each module, which limits airflow, and the overpopulated PCB, it is good to see FSP using electrolytic caps with increased lifetime.
There's a very basic protections IC on this board, a HY-510N. It's probable that one of the MCUs also handles some protection features.
The 5VSB circuit is installed onto a vertical daughterboard. Its main rectifier is a 30A60CT SBR, which is cooled by a small heat sink.
The soldering quality is good, but FSP's PCB isn't as robust. It doesn't cope with the high temperatures of our desoldering tools very well.
A 40mm diameter fan, sourced by Protechnic Electric, cools the module. Its model number is MGT4012ZB-W28 and it uses a dual-ball bearing, so it should last a long time. Expect this ultra-high-speed fan to make a lot of noise if you push the module hard.
Let's take a look at the Twins 500W's frame, which hosts DC-DC converters for the minor rails and the digital interface that facilitates communication between the modules and host system. There are a number of PCBs inside the frame, all of which are connected to each other through cables and pins.
The filtering caps are provided by Chemi-Con and Teapo. All of the electrolytic caps are Japanese, so they should last for a long time.
The VRMs are fed from the power modules through a couple of wires.
- FSP Twins 500W Redudant Power Supply Review
- Packaging, Contents, Exterior, And Cabling
- A Look Inside And Component Analysis
- FSP Guardian Software
- Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
- Efficiency, Temperature, And Noise
- Protection Features And Transition Time
- Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
- Transient Response Tests
- Ripple Measurements
- Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise, And Efficiency Ratings
- Pros, Cons, And Final Verdict