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    Fractal Design PSUs

    I was wandering if anyone (CAT and Panda seem to know alot about this sort of thing) knew who make Fractal Design's PSUs, especialy the Newton R2 series?

    Not getting one or anything, just curious as saw a friend's FD case the other day and it was really nice.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Fractal supposedly use ATNG for at least one of their PSUs.


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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Yep ATNG, not that I know much about them, rated as a reasonable psu manufacture AFAIK
    They are using Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors throughout, but haven't seen a good review of one, where they put it on a load tester or fully disected it.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    After a bit of searching I managed to find some reviews of Fractal Design PSUs:
    http://www.pc-max.de/news/partnernew...n-newton-1000w
    http://www.planet3dnow.de/cgi-bin/ne...&id=1268746524

    Edit: That first review doesn't use a load tester, I forgot to double-check before posting - pc-max.de do proper load tests but that page links to another site who don't load test properly. Also the second doesn't test ripple but it's the best I could find.
    Last edited by watercooled; 09-06-2010 at 11:36 PM.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    FYI Fractal lists external reviews for each of its PSUs on its website. Most are Swedish or German, so you may have to guess at the results or use google translate.

    Also http://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTechTips did an unboxing of the Newton R2.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    You need the UL number; the website is unbecoming.

    EDIT infact none of the models seem to display it so either they are thier own brand or they are perhaps being a bit naughty.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Be sure to look for reviews that use a load tester (often a SunMoon) to load the PSU at various loads including full load, to test voltages and ripple at a minimum - the ones that plug it into a PC and test with a £5 multimeter are 100% useless, don't let them influence your purchasing decision. Here's a good article explaining it properly: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/410

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    They don't have to have a UL number on them.
    The UL Mark does not carry any legal weight beyond that of any other trademark. In this sense, it is different from the CE Marking or the FCC Part 15 requirements for electronic devices, which are required by law.
    For the CE Mark, except for high risk products such as certain medical products, manufacturers self-declare compliance with these requirements, whereas the UL Mark requires independent third-party certification from UL. A product that bears a CE Marking may also bear additional certification marks such as the UL Mark.
    For sale in the US & Canada, the UL mark is used as a form of proof that an item meet safety standards, however it's not a legal requirement.

    If it's not for sale in the US then it doesn't need a ul mark, this could also be the reason for the lack of reviews, as the majority of reviews still come out of the US.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Thanks for the replys everyone, I wasn't going to buy one but was curious as to who they got their PSU's from as their cases and fans seem to be quailty kit.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    If you find out then please report!

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Be sure to look for reviews that use a load tester (often a SunMoon) to load the PSU at various loads including full load, to test voltages and ripple at a minimum - the ones that plug it into a PC and test with a £5 multimeter are 100% useless, don't let them influence your purchasing decision. Here's a good article explaining it properly: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/410
    This Swedish review seems to make the right noises http://www.sweclockers.com/recension...sen/9#pagehead just chuck it through google translate.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    Yeah that review is pretty thorough, and sweclockers.com is listed on HardwareSecrets proper reviews list.

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    Re: Fractal Design PSUs

    From bit-tech:
    BT: Who do you work with to manufacture your power supplies?

    FD: It's different manufacturers actually: there's FSP and AT&G at the moment. In the beginning it was difficult to get our name out there initially because there are lots of PSUs on the market, but with a case we could have more freedom in design and include the exact features we wanted.

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