FSP Hydro G 650 Power Supply Review

Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current

To learn more about our PSU tests and methodology, please check out How We Test Power Supply Units. 


Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation

Load Regulation testing is detailed here.

Hold-Up Time

Our hold-up time tests are described in detail here.

Although the hold-up time exceeds the ATX specification's requirement, the power-good signal's hold-up time is lower than 16ms, so the PSU fails this test. The PWR_OK inactive to DC loss delay time is way longer than what the ATX spec says it can be, resulting in the lower than expected PWR_OK hold-up time. With a bit of fine tuning, FSP could pass this test since the bulk caps it uses have sufficient capacity.

Inrush Current

For details on our inrush current testing, please click here.

The inrush current is normal with both inputs (115V and 230VAC).

Load Regulation And Efficiency Measurements

The first set of tests explores voltage rail stability and efficiency. The applied load equals (approximately) 10 to 110 percent of the supply's maximum in increments of 10 percentage points.

We conducted two additional tests. During the first, we stressed the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load, while the load at +12V was only 0.10A. This test reveals whether a PSU is Haswell-ready or not. In the second test, we determined the maximum load the +12V rail could handle with minimal load on the minor rails. 

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
13.570A1.931A1.944A0.976A64.7784.04%0050.32 °C0.963
12.103V5.165V3.393V5.119V77.0738.38 °C115.1V
28.174A2.906A2.926A1.175A129.7688.63%0051.52 °C0.984
12.098V5.158V3.380V5.102V146.4039.22 °C115.1V
313.138A3.392A3.439A1.373A194.8389.84%0052.50 °C0.990
12.086V5.150V3.370V5.088V216.8639.56 °C115.0V
418.107A3.888A3.928A1.575A259.7489.93%103037.240.99 °C0.991
12.071V5.140V3.359V5.076V288.8349.45 °C115.0V
522.748A4.873A4.930A1.776A324.7189.89%103037.241.55 °C0.992
12.055V5.130V3.345V5.063V361.2250.81 °C115.0V
627.396A5.849A5.938A1.979A389.6489.55%110538.541.95 °C0.993
12.042V5.123V3.332V5.048V435.0952.30 °C115.0V
732.048A6.839A6.963A2.185A454.5789.06%114040.742.87 °C0.993
12.028V5.117V3.318V5.033V510.4354.19 °C115.0V
836.723A7.834A7.992A2.390A519.5888.31%121542.043.54 °C0.992
12.014V5.106V3.303V5.017V588.3356.64 °C115.0V
941.832A8.336A8.538A2.394A584.6187.57%152041.844.47 °C0.992
12.001V5.099V3.290V5.008V667.5658.02 °C115.0V
1046.492A8.839A9.056A3.529A649.4886.56%185044.445.92 °C0.991
11.987V5.090V3.279V4.957V750.3759.93 °C115.0V
1151.961A8.853A9.078A3.535A714.3785.64%205047.946.77 °C0.990
11.974V5.082V3.272V4.948V834.1662.19 °C115.0V
CL10.101A18.023A18.002A0.004A153.1283.57%690 30.745.40 °C0.991
12.076V5.163V3.268V5.110V183.2256.65 °C115.1V
CL254.119A1.002A1.003A1.002A662.7287.13%1950 46.847.02 °C0.991
11.996V5.093V3.328V5.061V760.6361.00 °C115.1V

Load regulation on the +12V and 5V rails is tight enough, while the 3.3V and 5VSB rails are looser. What matters most as far as load regulation is concerned, though, is the +12V rail's performance. In this case, it's kept within 1.2 percent, which is the second-best performance in this category, according to our charts.

Under 20 percent load, the unit easily clears the 80 Plus Gold requirement. It comes very close to the required 90 percent efficiency with a 50 percent load applied. In the full load test, efficiency is less than 0.5 percent away from the minimum allowed percentage. We're giving the Hydro G a pass since we conduct our tests at a much higher temperature than the 80 Plus organization.

The fan doesn't start spinning until we hit 40 percent load; its noise exceeds 40 dB(A) in the 70 percent load test. Even under a full load, the controller doesn't allow the fan to spin at full speed. That only happens during the overload test, at which point the fan exceeds 2000 RPM and gets really loud.

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  • Onus
    I see a Performance Per Dollar chart, but so far I've not been able to find the price of this unit. What is it?
  • sammy sung
    Hopefully a competitive price scheme. Looks awesome though, very nice aesthetic
  • Aris_Mp
    I see a Performance Per Dollar chart, but so far I've not been able to find the price of this unit. What is it?

    It is 90 bucks

  • mrjhh
    I remember FSP being an OEM for older computer vendors like DEC, so they definitely aren't a newcomer to the field. I'm glad to see they know how to build a modern supply.
  • Onus
    IMHO FSP has always had a solid but "middle-of-the-pack" reputation; not anybody's first choice, but a lot better than a lot of the junk being sold. Even their Raider units that got very critical reviews were acceptable as budget units in light use. In big box PCs, I'd certainly rather see FSP than HEC or Bestec.
  • jeffunit
    I see "op amp amplifier" mentioned several times in the review.
    What is an "op amp amplifier"
    Doesn't amp stand for amplifier in this context, which expands to op amplifier amplifier?
  • anort3
    Odd naming scheme for a power supply. Hope it doesn't confuse anyone into thinking water goes well with it. :P

    Always good to see some of the larger if less well known manufacturers putting out quality units.
  • Aris_Mp
    What is an "op amp amplifier"

    short for operational amplifier
  • jeffunit
    What is an "op amp amplifier"
    short for operational amplifier

    op amp is short for operational amplifier.
    op amp amplifier is short for operational amplifier amplifier.
    You need to pay more attention to what is written.
  • turkey3_scratch
    Good performing power supply. In terms of voltages and ripple, beats the EVGA GS. I would never hesitate to recommend this unit, if it is priced well of course, which it already is not.
  • lunyone
    Had this been around $60 or so, it would be on my recommendation list. But at ~$90 I'm not as inclined to recommend it. Yes it is a good unit, but $90 just seems a bit steep for a 650w PSU. I'm more inclined to buy a $60-70 PSU for most of the builds that I do (all at least 80 PLUS Bronze rated). I know that this PSU is probably for those that have extra $ floating around or want more than just 80 PLUS Bronze certified PSU's.
  • sammy sung
    The GQ series seems hard to overturn, unless fully modular cabling is an absolute must for the consumer. I've never had an issue with semi-modular that made me cringe and exclaim that I should have forked out the extra $10-20. Aesthetics are more of a deciding factor for me, and realistically this edges out the HX series for that blue/white scheme, as far as I'm concerned at least.
  • Archaic59
    It's nice to have another unit to add to the short list of power supplies worth recommending. I'd like to see a 550 watt unit added to this line.
  • turkey3_scratch
    It runs for $81 now:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Power Supply: FSP Group Hydro G 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($81.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $81.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-05 21:53 EST-0500

    Which is comparable to the EVGA GS:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $79.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-05 21:54 EST-0500

    Between the two, I'd take the FSP. I think I'm going to start making this FSP a common recommendation myself.