Fortron 400W Blue Storm - Page 5

Written by John Chen    Tuesday, 12 October 2004 11:00
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Conclusion and Thoughts

Fortron seems to have missed a lot in producing the Blue Storm.  The unit had so much empty space going to waste.  Fortron should have packed up the internals with quality capacitors and heatsinks to keep the power supply running at maximum efficiency.  The lack of parts did not help stabilize the 12v lines.  The lines took a big hit when the system was under load in overclocked conditions.  The 3.3v rail was stable, but the maximum VDIMM was only running at 2.85v.  Fortron really needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a beefier power supply.  The Blue Storm does look nice, but looks can be deceiving.  Fortron should have stuck with the 530W and made that power supply blue instead.  If you're in the market for a new power supply but don't have $100 to experiment with, stay away from the new Fortron Blue Storm.  Get the Fortron 530W instead.

Pros:

  • All blue finish
  • Sleeved cables
  • EZ Grip connectors
  • Uses 120mm fan
  • Silent

Cons:

  • Small heatsinks
  • Lots of empty space
  • Voltages drop low under overclocked conditions
  • Older 530W cousin is much better

We would like to thank Fortron for providing us the sample.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit us up in the forums. You can also check out more of our latest reviews on the front page.

 



 

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