Date: January 22nd, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: FSP GROUP USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
From the front, the X5 has a striking appearance with its large, white X and two mesh ventilation panels. There are two small ventilation fans behind the mesh to keep the unit cool, and the white X will display in color when the X5 is turned on.
Three sockets for the necessary input/output cables share the back panel with some ventilation holes, while the sides of the X5 are drilled and tapped for mounting screws.
All the screws needed for installation come in a zip bag. The main cable that plugs into the X5 has a 12-pin connector, while the other ends…
…terminate in four connectors for graphics cards. There seem to be two channels, one set of two cables sleeved in red mesh, the other two in blue. Each channel consists of two 6-pin connectors, with one having an extra 2-pin sidecar adapter. This provides a variety of configurations, depending on the graphics cards used.
The Booster X5 gets its power through a wall cord and expansion slot pass-through. Curiously, the wall cord lacks any sort of grounding and one has to assume that grounding chores are handled by the main PSU in the system via the 4-pin Molex that gets connected to the X5 during installation. We'll go over this in more detail a bit later.