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Appeared on: Monday, November 05, 2007
Spire PowerFuse


1. Features, specifications

Most users are aware of the dangers that all electronic circuits hide, especially with today's demands on extra power and the low quality power supplies invading the market. Graphics cards do cost almost half the price of a gamer's powerfull gaming ring so extra protection is always welcome, especially if it's low priced. Spire introduces a product that aim is to protect your graphic card from overvoltage and other possible failures.

- Spire SP162 PowerFuse

The all new Graphic Card Protector from Spire, part no. SP162 is an over-voltage protector to secure and protect your expensive video card from irregular high voltages and ripple noise created by the low quality power supplies. Purchase the Spire PowerFuse and you'll never have to worry again about power surges or breaking your video card by overvoltage.

Main Features:

- Specifications

Cables One (1) EMI Shielded VGA 6Pin Power Connector
Dimensions 270x25x20mm
Features Over Voltage protection, Over Current protection, Correction of ripple noise
Max. Protection 16.0V / 23.0A
Min. Protection 14.5V / 19.0A
Rated Voltage 12VDC
Safety Approvals UL, CSA, TUV, CE, FCC
Support All PCIE 6Pin Graphic Cards
Voltage 12VDC
Warranty 2 Year Limited Warranty
Weight 0.1 KG

- Retail package

Spire Powerfuse graphics card protector is wrapped in a plastic shell and without much effort you can remove the product.

Checking the product unveils the two parts that this product consists off.

The Spire logo is back lighted in white so modders will love this product.

First of all we have the "safety" box

it consists of a power circuit with a safety fuse in case of overvoltage and a well shielded cable

More "quality" pictures taken from Spire's website


2. Impressions

This review or rather presentation was very short. We couldn't possible imagine a serious test that could be done with an over-voltage protector, especially made for graphic card. The Spire PowerFuse SP162 is a new and possibly innovating product that has its potential market share among gamers and modders. We all know that there aren't many power supplies that can provide stable and sustain voltages to the whole system and especially in the graphics card. With the arrival of "energy sucking monsters" like Nvidia's 8800GTX, you need a really good power supply to keep them running. Adding an extra level or protection to your investment does really sound a good and clever idea. We have no problem recommending this product to anyone who needs it. We couldn't find a possible retail price but we imagine it should be really affordable, since Spire has a tradition in low priced (but qualitative) products.



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