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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  • pattycake0147 - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Also not trying to be a jerk. If you're going to talk about how expensive it is on the first page, then tell me the price. I had to search for it and then finally found the price listed on the last page.
  • doctormonroe - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    In the article it states that the warranty length is 5 years, however according to Rosewill's product page the Fortress-450 has a 7 year warranty.
  • justaviking - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Article is not consistent with itself:

    Page 2 says "7-year warranty"
    Page 6 says "5-year warranty"
  • radbmw - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Warranty is 7 years according to Newegg, as well.
  • Uritziel - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    I have to agree with the other commenters. This article is well below the quality level I've come to expect from Anandtech.com. Excepting the images, every aspect is substandard. The edits in response to the other comments helped, but several parts (esp. the conclusion page) are still painful to read. I don't recognize the author, and I don't want to hate on him; however, this article reads like a very early rough draft.
  • infoilrator - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    Very good review, despite grammar patrol,
    Rosewill is doing very well in price/performance/quality here. I also find the Capstone line moredesirablee in price, especially when discounted.
  • bobbozzo - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    bottom of page 2, change 37W to 37A.
  • bobbozzo - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    page 6: "performancs" should be performance.
  • tynopik - Friday, September 14, 2012 - link

    I do appreciate the breakdown of where exactly each connector is on each cable.

    But I would like to see more punishment of the PSUs. How do they hold up in extreme situations?

    There have been reports that some PSUs don't work well with square-wave UPSs.

    Do they hold up in hot conditions?

    How do they handle low voltage (brownout) conditions? (say 90V)

    How do they handle voltage swings? (Hook them up to a variac, start twisting the dial and see what kind of transients you can generate)

    If they face a large load at once (say a bunch of hard drives spinning up simultaneously), how does it maintain the voltage levels?

    If you short out a cable, will you blow up anything?
  • wrkingclass_hero - Saturday, September 15, 2012 - link

    Someone get this man a job at Anandtech.

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