FSP Hydro PTM 650W PSU Review: Clean, Quiet Power for Mid-Range PCs

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Teardown and Component Analysis

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General Data
Manufacturer (OEM)FSP
Platform ModelPTM
Primary Side
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 2x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV, 1x SEN013DG
Inrush ProtectionNTC thermistor & relay
Bridge Rectifier(s)1x GBJ1506 (600V, 15A @ 100°C)
APFC MOSFETs2x STMicroelectronics STFH24N60M2 (650V, 12A @ 100°C, 0.19Ω)
APFC Boost Diode1x STMicroelectronics STPSC6H065D (650V, 6A @ 110°C)
Hold-up Cap(s)2x Nichicon GG (450V, 270uF each or 540uF combined, 2000h @ 105°C)
Main Switchers2x STMicroelectronics STFH24N60M2 (650V, 12A @ 100°C, 0.19Ω)
Driver IC1x Silicon Labs Si8233BD
APFC ControllerInfineon ICE2PCS02  Supporting IC: Fairchild KA393
Resonant ControllerChampion CM6901T2X
TopologyPrimary side: Half-bridge & LLC resonant controller Secondary side: Synchronous rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side
+12V MOSFETs2x Toshiba TPHR85 04PL (SOP Advance Series, 40V, 150A @ 25C, 0.85mΩ )
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters: 6x Infineon BSC0901NS (30V, 94A @ 100°C, 1.9mΩ) PWM Controller: APW7159C
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytics: 6x KZE (1-5000h @ 105°C), Rubycon ZLH (6-10,000h @ 105°C) Polymers: Teapo (Taiwan)
Supervisor ICSITI PS223 (OCP, OTP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelProtechnic Electric MGA13512HF-A25 (135mm, 12V, 0.28A, FDB)
5VSB Circuit
RectifierInternational Rectifier IRFR1018E (60V, 56A @ 100°C, 8.4mΩ)
Standby PWM ControllerPower Integrations SC1225K

Although this is a new platform, we wouldn't call its implementation particularly clean. A number of cables are used to transfer power between components and circuits. Ideally, those would be replaced by bus bars and wide PCB traces in order to minimize energy losses and avoid blocking airflow through the PSU.

The primary side hosts a half-bridge topology, along with an LLC resonant converter. On the secondary side, there's a synchronous design with two FETs regulating the +12V rail. A couple of DC-DC converters are also used to generate the minor rails.

The filtering caps come from Japanese and Taiwanese manufacturers. Given the HPT650M's price, however, all of the capacitors should be Japanese. At least FSP uses a high-quality fan with a fluid dynamic bearing that should last a long time.

The first part of the transient filter, including one X cap and two Y caps, is right behind the AC receptacle. It continues on the main PCB with the same number Y and X caps, along with two CM chokes, an MOV, and a SEN013DG disconnect IC that cuts off the APFC converter during standby to restrict vampire power.

The NTC thermistor and its bypass relay, which is responsible for protecting against large inrush currents, are located next to the Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV).

Strangely enough, a single GBJ1506 bridge rectifier is used. We usually find a pair of them in similar-capacity, high-end PSUs.

Two STMicroelectronics STFH24N60M2 FETs and a single STPSC6H065D boost diode are used by the APFC converter. The bulk caps are two Nichicons (GG series) with 540uF combined capacity. Unfortunately, they don't provide a long enough hold-up time to satisfy the ATX specification's requirements.

A Fairchild KA393 differential comparator supports the ICE2PCS02 APFC controller.

The main switching FETs are STMicroelectronics STFH24N60M2s arranged in a half-bridge topology. An LLC resonant controller is also used to boost efficiency. The driver IC for the main FETs is a Silicon Labs Si8233BD, and the resonant controller is a Champion CM6901T2X.

This is a picture of the unit's main transformer.

A pair of Toshiba TPHR85 04PL FETs installed on the PCB's solder side rectify the +12V rail. Two small heat sinks right above them help with cooling. This rail's ripple filtering is handled by several Chemi-Con and Rubycon electrolytic caps. A number of Teapo polymer caps assist as well. 

The VRMs that handle the minor rails use a total of six Infineon BSC0901NS FETs. The common PWM controller is an Anpec APW7159C.

A Power Integrations SC1225K IC serves as the standby controller. Meanwhile, the 5VSB circuit uses an International Rectifier IRFR1018E FET.

The supervisor IC is a SITI PS223. It provides over-temperature protection right out of the box.

A pair of KZE caps, along with a number of Teapo polymer caps, provide an extra ripple filtering stage on the modular board's front side.

We don't like those two thick cables transferring the +12V and 3.3V rails, though. Beyond increased power losses under high loads, those cables also restrict airflow inside of the PSU. FSP should avoid using them.

In some spots, the solder joints aren't particularly good. We also spotted long component leads all over the board. This is not FSP's best work, that's for sure.

The high-quality MGA13512HF-A25 fan uses a fluid dynamic bearing and measures 135mm across. It is driven by a fairly conservative speed profile.

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Contributing Editor

Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.