External Impressions and Cables

The appearance has not changed much from Rosewill's 80 Plus Gold Capstone series; the Fortress comes with a rough sandblasted texture that reminds us of some Enermax PSUs. The angular fan grille is black and the silk-screened Fortress logo can be found on both sides. As usual, the entire back is perforated to provide maximum airflow. A power switch can be found directly below the power input. The unit is quite long for a 450W model at 163mm, so it is probably not the perfect solution for HTPCs.

Cables and Connectors

Connector type (length)

Main 1x 24-pin (55cm) fixed
ATX12V/EPS12V 1x 4+4-pin (65cm) fixed
PCIe 2x 6/8-pin (50, 65cm) fixed
Peripheral 3x SATA (ca. 50, 65, 80 cm) fixed
3x SATA (ca. 50, 65, 80 cm) fixed
3x Molex (ca. 50, 65, 80cm) fixed
2x Molex, 1x FDD (ca. 50, 65, 80cm) fixed

There are five Molex and six SATA connectors attached—quite a lot for the power rating. Moreover there is a very long 4/8-pin cable for the motherboard and two plugs for a graphics card; the long ATX12V/EPS12V cable is particularly important for cases with bottom-mounted PSUs. You won't be able to run an SLI or CrossFire setup with the highest performance GPUs, but two 8-pin PEG connectors are exactly what we would expect from a 450W power supply. In addition all peripheral cables are long which is helpful when using a Full Tower, and all the cables have the same black cable sleeving. If you're planning on building a smaller mATX system, the fixed cables and their lengths might be too much, but for ATX cases that shouldn't be a problem.

 

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  • benji720 - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Not to be a dick but there are so many grammatical errors and awkward or fragmented sentences in this article that it made it hard to read.

    "convert to an 6-pin connector"
    "According to that Rosewill stands up to Antec."
    "At best GlobeFan is slightly better than Yate Loon, but we don't want to overdo things." ??
    "All cables got the same black cable sleeving."

    These are just a few examples. Maybe I'm being nit-picky but one of the reasons I read this site is for well written, well thought out articles and I did not feel this article was either of those.
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  • pattycake0147 - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Seconded. I had to re-read the first sentence "Since we've had a ~40$ PSU roundup of late" I questioned if it should have read "we haven't had." Perhaps "Since we've had a ~$40 PSU roundup recently" would have made it more clear. Reply
  • TrackSmart - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    We know from previous reviews/comments that English is a second language for the author. Most of us would be hard pressed to be write as fluently in a language outside of our native tongue.

    I appreciate the author's considerable knowledge of power supplies, including fans, bearings, and internal components - minor grammatical errors or awkwardness aside.
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  • aliceyoung - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    I also get agitated when I read poor English, especially when sentences could be interpreted in two different ways depending on how I try to "fix" then in my head. But you know what? Screw it. It's a great review from someone who knows their stuff, and I'm paying for it with little more than my free time.
    Keep on writing articles like these, grammatically correct or not.
    Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Sorry -- Martin posted without going through one of the native-English speakers. I'm editing/proofing the article now, but it will be a couple hours before I can finish. Thanks for your patience! Reply
  • extide - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    The Ripple Results link at the very end is wrong, it goes to the admin side, instead of the public side. It should be http://www.anandtech.com/show/5698 Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Fixed, thanks! I didn't check all the URLs as I didn't expect any to link to our admin pages. :-) Reply
  • The0ne - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Agreed. This is quite bad. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Still? I just finished editing, so if you find any major grammar/spelling issues remaining please let me know. Reply
  • benji720 - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    No, it is much better! Thank you for your editing prowess, sir. Reply

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