Let’s hope lightning doesn’t strike FSP’s PTM+ power supply

Liquid-cooled PC components are all the rage these days. There are CPU water blocks, liquid-cooled graphics cards, motherboards, and even SSDs on offer from a host of manufacturers. The extension of liquid cooling to the largest fan-cooled device in most PCs seems like a logical next step. FSP is the company taking that step with its PTM+ liquid-cooled power supply, co-developed with the liquid cooling specialist outfit Bitspower.

FSP says the PTM+ delivers up to 1200 W when operating on air, or 1400 W when connected to an open-loop liquid cooling system. Either figure should be plenty for ludicrous overkill systems with pairs of overclocked high-end graphics cards and power-hungry many-core processors. The company says the PTM+ can provide up to 600W without fluid flow or spinning up its internal fan, thanks to a squad of internal sensors.

The PTM+ is a PSU meant for high-end gaming PCs in 2017, so it naturally has fully modular cabling and RGB LED illumination. Exterior dimensions weren't provided, but the unit doesn't look like the sort of thing that will fit into a compact HTPC or mini-ITX case.

FSP didn't mention pricing or availability, but it did say the PTM+ would be on display at Computex at the end of the month. Hopefully more details will be available then, including information about safety measures.

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    • anotherengineer
    • 2 years ago

    hmmmm

    Somehow I can’t see this coming to North America for some reason……..perhaps UL certification, CSA certification, ASTM certification, perhaps insurance, perhaps electrical codes,…………….could be wrong though

    But at least is has RGB leds 😉

    • strangerguy
    • 2 years ago

    The fact that this thing has a good chance to clear at least one national safety regulator is amazing and horrifying at the same.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 2 years ago

    Shocking.

    • Firestarter
    • 2 years ago

    Well I guess this is great if your radiator and pump aren’t in the same room, all 3 of you guys out there. Even then I bet the average quality PSU fan gets drowned out by coil whine

    • slowriot
    • 2 years ago

    No way to see the inside of the PSU enclosure? Laaaaaaaame

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      No kidding.

      If you’re going to do this, at least show us what it looks like.

      I wonder if they are still doing R&D and can’t show the inside.

        • Growler
        • 2 years ago

        Also, there aren’t any RGB LEDs. This is hardly an enthusiast’s power supply.

          • Waco
          • 2 years ago

          Unless the article was updated, it specifically states that this PSU has RGB LED illumination.

            • Growler
            • 2 years ago

            Do you think I have [i<]time[/i<] to actually read through an article? My life is too Xtreem for that.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 2 years ago

          That too.

          Hell, if you’re running water inside your PSU, that damn thing better be a transparent Christmas tree of obnoxious lighting.

    • xeridea
    • 2 years ago

    PSU cooling or noise from quality products has never been an issue. High efficiency PSUs found on higher wattage units generate little waste heat, which is why many have silent operation under low-med load. This seems like a waste of money, for the price this thing ends up costing, plus extra high prices for liquid hookup, you are certainly better off getting an 80+ Titanium PSU.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 2 years ago

      This.

      If the PSU platform is suboptimal, the water cooling isn’t going to make it optimal. If the platform is optimal, the water cooling isn’t needed (not in computer power capacities and form factors anyways).

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      80+ titanium, a minimum of 96% efficiency at 50% load.

      So you get a 750W supply for the 375W your PC actually uses at full tilt and experience [i<]up to a maximum[/i<] of 15W waste heat. [url=http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/408_021.jpg<]This is what a [i<]PASSIVE[/i<] 15W heatsink looks like[/url<], okay?

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      The only PSUs that are “noisy” are enterprise-tier stuff which is designed to supply its rated power at ~50C without an issue.

        • bronek
        • 2 years ago

        … and which also is quite often a different form factor, where large fans will not fit.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      And even if you can, why is there still a big old fan in there?

    • Wirko
    • 2 years ago

    Take care, lightning!

    • Philldoe
    • 2 years ago

    Just what I always wanted. Water in my PSU. This is a good idea.

      • meerkt
      • 2 years ago

      And in the rest of one’s computer?

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUMS!
        AGE OF AQUARIUMS!!

        AQUARIUMS!!!

          • Neutronbeam
          • 2 years ago

          SSK appreciates your keeping his caps fully engaged while he’s busy with other things.

          • BurntMyBacon
          • 2 years ago

          You mean like this:

          [url<]https://www.pugetsystems.com/nav/aquarium/mATX/customize.php[/url<]

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            Actually, that’s pretty much it.

            • Mr Bill
            • 2 years ago

            Also, [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray-2<]Cray-2 with Fluorinert[/url<]. Hard to believe somebody could get a patent on the idea of using oil.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 2 years ago

          [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxSCAalsBE<]I'll just leave this here in case someone doesn't get the reference.[/url<]

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            Good call, we had enough problems the last time a song from before 2010 made it into the comments.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 2 years ago

            Exactly my thinking. 🙂

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      Water across the mains? A leak guarentees ‘A Total Eclipse of the Heart’.

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