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Seasonic Focus FM 650W Gold PSU Review: A Fantastic Semi-Modular PSU

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: Seasonic   Product Name: SSR-650FM   Price: $79.99   Warranty: 7 Years

Introduction

Seasonic Focus FM 650W Gold Review

Seasonic is a company that needs no introduction and they are known for making amazing power supplies with excellent performance. Seasonic's Focus PSUs are split into two separate series, the Focus FM and the Focus Plus series. The Focus FM is Seasonic's semi-modular PSUs rated at only 80 Plus Gold and comes with 7 years of warranty while the Focus Plus is fully modular and is available in both 80 Plus Gold and Platinum efficiencies and comes with 10 years of warranty. We recently reviewed the Seasonic Focus Plus SSR-750FX Gold PSU which seriously impressed us with its amazing internal build quality and exceptional performance. Another good thing about Seasonic's Focus power supplies is that they come in a small 140mm footprint which can help in cases where space is premium.

Pricing & Warranty

Seasonic's Focus FM series offers four power supplies ranging in capacities of 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W. Today we will be reviewing the Focus FM SSR-650FM model that retails for $80 on Amazon/Newegg and comes with 7 years of warranty. This is a semi-modular PSU and is 80 Plus Gold certified which means it guarantees greater than 87%, 90% and 87% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% operating loads, respectively. At $80, the SSR-650FM is about $5 cheaper compared to other semi-modular 650W Gold PSUs from other manufactures but the other manufactures do not come anywhere close to Seasonic's 7-year warranty coverage.

Features

Since the Focus FM line comes in a semi-modular design, that means only the essential cables come pre-attached which generally means the 24Pin ATX, a single PCIe and the 8Pin CPU cables. The Focus Plus line on the other hand comes with no pre-attached cables because it uses a fully modular design but that also makes them more expensive than the Focus FM line. Build quality remains the same between the Focus Plus and Focus FM line so if you want to save some money and don't care about having a fully modular PSU, then the Focus FM series might be what you need.

Seasonic Focus FM 650W Gold PSU Review

Seasonic has equipped their Focus series with a 120mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) fan which is extremely reliable and generates considerably less operating noise and heat than ball bearing fans. Since we are talking about the fan, I want to mention a difference between the Focus Plus and Focus FM series regarding fan operation. The Focus Plus line comes with a fan control button at the back of the power supply that allows the PSU to turn off the fan for silent operation during idle or low powered activities if the loading condition is below 30%. This button allows you to switch between the Seasonic S2FC (fan control without Fanless Mode) and the S3FC (fan control including Fanless Mode) but the Focus FM series lack this fan control button so the fan will always be spinning (S2FC mode only).

Seasonic's Focus PSUs include ±3% tight voltage regulation which significantly helps with the stability of your machine when it's running. When your computer is running, the current power draw can suddenly change for your CPU or GPU load and when this happens, the less change in voltage, the better thus resulting in better stability for your computer. Cheap power supplies don't do this very well, and can often damage the components of your computer so be very careful when purchasing some random power supply that you find on websites such as Amazon and Newegg.

Seasonic Focus FM 650W Gold Power Supply Review

Most of the really good PSUs out there are rated for 50°C operating temperature but the majority of them are generally rated for 40°C. This is a pretty difficult standard to meet and Seasonic has achieved that with the Focus series and the SSR-650FM comes with a 50°C operating temperature. Seasonic has also implemented a cable-free connection design solution where instead of cables, the back panel and the PCB are connected by a copper plate. This lowers the chance of production errors during manual insertion and also improves power efficiency.

Specifications

Seasonic SSR-650FM Specifications
Manufacture:Seasonic
Model:SSR-650FM
Max. DC Output:650W
80PLUS:Gold
Over Voltage Protection:Yes
Weight:6.20 lbs
Form Factor:Intel ATX 12 V
Dimensions:140 mm (W) x 150 mm (L) x 86 mm (H)
Fan Size:120 mm
Fan Control:S2FC
Fan Bearing:Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Life Expectancy:50,000 hours at 40 °C, 15 % - 65 % RH
Modularity:Semi-Modular
Cable type:Flat black cables (modular)
Webbed cables (attached)
Operating Temperature:0 - 50 °C
MTBF @ 25 °C, excl. fan:100,000 hours
AC Input:Full Range
Protection:OPP, OVP, UVP, OCP, OTP, SCP
Safety and EMC:cTUVus, TUV, CB, CCC, BSMI, EAC
Environmental Compliance:Energy Star, RoHS, WEEE, ErP Lot 6, REACH
Warranty:7 Years
Voltage:100 V - 240 V
Current:9 - 4.5 A
Frequency:50 Hz - 60 Hz
Load Range
Rail+3.3V+5V+12V-12 V+5 VSB
Max.(Amps):20 A20 A54 A0.3 A3 A
Max.(Power):100 W648 W3.6 W15 W
Total Continuous Power:650 W
Main Connector20+4Pin
+12V Rails:Single
PCI-Express Connector:2 x 6+2-Pin
SATA Power Connector:6
Connectors:1 x ATX connector 20+4 pin (610mm)
1 x 4/8 Pin CPU (650mm)
2 x 6+2 pin PCIe (675mm+75mm)
6 x SATA (450mm+120mm+120mm+120mm)
3 x Peripheral (450mm+120mm+120mm)
1 x FDD (110mm)

Packaging

Seasonic Focus FM 650W packaging box

The SSR-650FM comes in a simple but elegant box that stands out when you first see it due to the bright yellow color. Looking at the front of the box, we see the Seasonic logo on the top left corner followed by the 'Focus Gold' text in the center and '650FM' model number in the top right corner.

On the back, you will see a list of the SSR-650FM's features such as the 80Plus Gold rating, DC to DC converter design, +12V output, tight voltage regulation, reliable aluminum solid capacitors, 120mm FDB fan, compact design, semi-modular cabling, and a 7-year warranty. Size-wise, the SSR-650FM is 140mm wide, 86mm tall and 150mm long and weighs 6.20 lbs.

Seasonic Focus FM 650W box

If you have bought a Seasonic PSU before, you know their packaging is excellent and the SSR-650FM is no exception. The SSR-650FM comes protected by two high density foams as shock absorbent to prevent any accidental damages during shipping. The power supply is enclosed inside a cloth bag that definitely gives it a premium feel to it. Also, Seasonic includes a separate cloth bag for you to store your modular cables. Most manufactures package their power supplies in plastic bags so it's nice to see Seasonic go the extra mile with their packaging.

Seasonic includes a set of Velcro straps, four mounting screws, several zip ties, Focus case badge, an AC power cord, a user's manual and the bundle of modular cables. The manual has all the information you need to know about the power supply such as how to set up your power supply and basic troubleshooting. There's a void sticker on one of the corners of the PSU and tampering with the PSU of course voids the warranty.

Seasonic Focus FM 650W cables

The cables are of ample length and you can look at the table above for connector count and for cable lengths. Unlike the Focus Plus series, the Focus FM comes with cables that do not have capacitors in them which allow for tighter folding and greater flexibility. Having capacitors in the cables is done for ripple filtering but it also makes the cables bulky and difficult to fold and route around the case.

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