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 INSTALLATION AND TESTING
This diagram gives you a basic understanding of how the Booster X5 gets connected to the system. It appears that the X5 gets a signal via the 4-pin Molex from the system PSU allowing it to turn on and off with the host computer. I'll be installing this product in my open test case pictured below.
Depending on your case and system, installing the Booster X5 shouldn't be much of a problem. All you need is an empty 5.25” bay, an unoccupied expansion bay and a 4-pin Molex connector from your power supply. With just this single 8800 GTS, we won't be able to stress the X5, but we should be able to get a good idea of its functionality and stability.
After getting the X5 installed in an available bay, it's a simple matter to connect (from left to right) the 14-pin output connector, the 4-pin input from the system PSU, and the power cord…
…which runs from a wall outlet (or power strip,) and trough the expansion slot adapter. After connecting the appropriate cables from the X5 to the video card, we can power up the system and see how the Booster X5 performs.
Let's take a look at the visuals first. When the system is powered up for the first time, the “X” in the center of the unit is an opaque white; in other words, off. By pressing the “X” firmly, the user can toggle through seven different color options (green, red, yellow, blue, teal, purple and white.) The lighting is softened by the slightly opaque “X” button and has a glowing effect rather than a bright glare.
As to performance, the X5 puts out a steady 12.09V whether at idle or load. The cooling fans, while not silent, are very quiet and the fan noise easily blends into the background PC noise in all but the most quiet systems. There is, however another noise produced by the X5. There is a very faint “clicking” noise, reminiscent of an older HDD under heavy use coming from this unit. This noise persisted throughout testing and while it never got any worse, it never got any better, either.