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Tsunami Hercules A300M-C (300W)

The Taiwan-headquartered Tsunami is offering a broad range of PC components, including power supplies.

The Hercules A300M-C is a junior model in Tsunami’s product line-up. One glance at the exterior of the case helps identify the actual manufacturer, FSP Group.

The interior confirms this supposition. This is a product from FSP Group’s very first and very successful series of ATX12V 2.0 power supplies called FSPxxx-60THN/THA (the two versions differ in the type of the fan, 120mm or 80mm). When the more modern GLN series was introduced, the FSPxxx-60THN/THA models were relegated into the low-end sector and renamed as ATX-xxxPN. Lately those PSUs have been used as the basis for various low-end products under different names (for example, FSP300-60PNR) supplied to PC integrators and OEMs. The Tsunami A300M-C must be one of such cheap versions.

Some time ago I already tested a similar model from FSP, the ATX350F-C.

The mentioned cheapening concerns the housing (thinner steel and a punched-out fan grid) as well as the electronics (lower ratings of the capacitors, smaller heatsinks, a simplified fan speed management). Although such simplified PSUs deliver the same output power as their more expensive counterparts, they are mostly meant for entry-level PCs whose power requirements are far below the PSU’s maximum output power.

The PSU complies with the ATX12V 2.0 standard. A combined current of 22A is allowed on the +12V rail just as recommended by this standard for 300W power supplies.

The PSU is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • Mainboard cable with a 20+4 connector (32cm long)
  • CPU cable with a 4-pin connector (32cm)
  • Graphics cable with a 6-pin connector (32cm)
  • One cable with one Molex connector and one floppy drive mini-plug (24cm+15cm)
  • One cable with two Molex connectors (23+11cm)
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors (26+20cm)

The cables are tied up with nylon straps.

The drawbacks I can note here are that the PSU has only two SATA connectors on one cable and that the cables are too short. In fact, this PSU will only be good for a microATX system while an owner of a full-size case may have problems with it. The graphics card connector looks somewhat odd here as I don’t think anyone will buy a junior PSU model for a system with a top-performance graphics card.

 
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