Fortron and Sparkle? Folken's choice.

BomberBill

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I hear Folken and other chaps constantly talking about Fortron and Sparkle power supplies. For the life of me, I am struggling to find them down here in Oz [I can find Sparkle Vid Cards]. Any Aussies no where to buy them in Brisbane, Aus?
 

mozzartusm

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Just to make sure you know if you do run into one, Sparkle and Fortron are the same PSU's. Different names but the same parts.

To save us both time, assume I know EVERYTHING :tongue:
 

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Crashman does more Fortron and sparkle supporting than me, lol. I'm an Antec man myself but they are much more expensive. Fortron and sparkle are a much better option if you are on a tight budget.

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RichPLS

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And I am leaning toward ThermalTakes 680 watt beast, and currently have a 430 watt TruePower...

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Crashman

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Sparkle and Sparkle Power are two different companies. Sparkle Power is a brand of Fortron power supply. Aopen also uses Fortron cores for some of theirs, those with the FSP part numbers. You can probably find one of those.

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Crashman

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Aopen sources their supplies from various manufacturers, those with FSP part numbers are Fortron Source. Sparkle Power is a brand name of Fortron Source, I don't know of any others.

Several manufacturers of high-end units, such as Zalman and PC Power&Cooling, have used FSP internals in some of their own units.

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RichPLS

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Crash, If Sparkle is a brand of Fortron, is it a premium grade or an economy grade.

Seems to me Fortran would have a reason for two divisions.

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jamarno

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Sparkle Power and Fortron are now the same, and you'll see "SPI" (Sparkle Power Int.) printed on the transformers of many Fortrons.

These supplies are also sold under the brands Powerman, Power-Q, Hi-Q, and Trend.
 

Crashman

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It's the same. SPI (Sparkle Power International) is the original retail brand, where Fortron Source is a manufacturer. So you never used to find Fortron Source in the retail market, except under the Sparkle Power brand. Fortron Source branded power supplies eventually found their way into the hobby industry through large buyers like Newegg, who behave like an OEM, and later got their retail boxes because of that.

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If you are still looking BomberBill, you can get FSP psu's at any Leading Edge Computers store. If they whinge, tell them they can source them through "Anyware". A lot of other stores also use Anyware as a supplier. As a little extra help, if you tell me the model you want I will tell you the cost price to give you a little extra haggling power.

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slvr_phoenix

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I still don't trust Fortron power supplies worth <explitive never entered>. My company has been shipping them in our PCs for a few years now and we had to upgrade our specs because after about 6 months the chances of the Fortron supplies crapping out to supply under-spec were very high. They may be cheap, but they're ... um ... cheap. They survive burn-in tests very well and look phenominal as they can even put out way above spec when pressed, but they just don't last long under constant use. At least that's been my experience.

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