FSP Hexa HE-500 500w Power Supply Unit (PSU) Review

The FSP Hexa series’ 500w model is an ever popular low-budget PSU, often the recommender’s choice of PSU when it comes to low-budget rigs.

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The Hexa 500 comes with an enclosure that shouts FPS all the way and it still uses a fan grill that’s not part of the enclosure. šŸ™‚ Quite a number of new PSU these days do not have a detachable fan grill as the grill is part of the enclosure.

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The Hexa 500 comes with number of cables that cater to most users’ needs, with the only exception being the PCI-E power cable being a 6pin + 8pin so it’s a no go with cards like the Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X that requires 8pin + 8pin connector.

Sure, one could use an adapter that fits the 4-pin molex but logically you shouldn’t be pairing an RM 1,300 (high end) card on an RM 150 (low end) PSU; There’s the FSP Raider 650w that purpose.

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The power delivery is around 400w on the 12V rails, which is exactly why you shouldn’t use a PSU as such to power a gaming rig with a 250w card as a 250w card with a processor (typically 60w to 100w) and a few fans would easily run it to really high load (90% or more).

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Nevertheless for medium / low-end gaming rigs and the office PC, it works great. I stressed tested the PSU running dual R7 260X on mining over a few weeks with no issue. The stress from the dual R7 260X is much higher than the average power load from a gaming session.

The Verdict

There’s absolutely nothing to complain about a product as such, it’s affordable and does the job.

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