Seasonic FOCUS Plus GOLD – 550 Watt 80+ Power Supply – Review


Hello, and welcome to Tech Deals. Seasonic’s Focus Plus Gold 80 plus certified fully modular power supply $80. This should be on your short list if you are building a computer for $800 or more and you want to get a premium power supply for a very good price. Now I’ve reviewed a lot of power supplies on my channel including units up about this power level that do cost less but this has features those don’t. I’m going to talk about that in this video about why this may actually be a better deal than Those are. If your computer has up to a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU or an i7 7700K CPU, even overclocked, this is enough for you. Graphics cards? The GTX 1080 Ti will run just fine on this Anything up to an Rx Vega 56 will also run on it. Rx Vega 64? Get the 650 Watt version of this it’s only about 10 dollars more expensive Now this will be linked down in the video description below to both Amazon and newegg, not just the 550 watt version But I will also link the others as well. It goes up to 850 Watts and the people who should consider the 850 watt version are those wanting to run two graphics cards either in SLI or Crossfire. But generally either the 550 or the 650 will be enough for any single one graphics card What do you get for the extra $30 or so this cost versus the less expensive 80 plus Bronze power supplies? It’s fully modular for one thing – the cables are completely disconnected. You only use the ones you need, it makes cable management much nicer They are completely flat black cables, not just sleeved with ketchup and mustard color Ribbons, beneath them But they are truly flat black cables. It is 80 plus gold instead of 80 plus bronze It is between 5 to 10% more power efficient, it uses less electricity from the wall, than the 80 plus bronze units do. Now whether that’s worth it to you depends upon where you live and how much you pay for power. It also depends upon how much you use your computer. If your computer is only On 1 or 2 hours a day, it’s not likely to make that much of a difference Do you leave it on all the time? Do you do cryptocurrency mining or video rendering in the background? Do you often game for multiple hours at a time when you’re drawing a lot of power from your video card? Over the course of ownership the power consumption difference between this power supply and the 80 plus bronze can very well add up. An important point about power efficiency is that all power supplies provide their rated power internally to your computer. They overdraw from the wall for what they need. So for a hundred watts an 80 plus Bronze pulls 115 watts from the wall (and) an 80 Plus gold pulls 110 For a 500 watt draw you’re looking at 25 fewer watts on the 80 plus gold versus the 80 plus bronze Now I understand that 25 watts may not sound like much It’s a pair of LED light bulbs. However, if you use your computer a lot, for many years It does add up. That brings me to the next important feature of this power supply – 10 year warranty. Many of the $50 power supplies only have a Three-Year warranty. A few of them may have four or five, but most of them only have a three-year warranty This has a full 10 year parts and labor warranty You will keep this power supply through multiple upgrade cycles of your computer. Over the course of 10 years of ownership, that 25 watts of Power Savings does add up, especially if you’re paying a higher than average rate for electricity Some other important features of this, it works up to 50 degrees Celsius internally. Many of the less expensive units only work up to 40 degrees So it can withstand hotter and more demanding environments. It also has 100% solid Japanese capacitors rated up to 105 degrees Celsius internally. Longer lifespan, that’s why they’re able to provide that 10 year warranty Do you not like noise? Fanless design! This does not even turn the fan on until you pass 30 percent load. You’re only going to pass 30 percent load when you’re using your graphics card. With this power supply browsing in Windows, watching videos on YouTube – the fan’s not even going to be turning that’s gonna be 100% silent. When you’re gaming it has a 120 millimeter fluid Dynamic bearing fan. Those $50 units do not. So the fans in those units make more noise than this does Higher quality fan, higher quality capacitors, better power delivery, more power efficient, 10 year warranty, fully modular, flat black cables. For about $30 over the cheap budget power supplies You actually get a lot of features This will last you along time through multiple upgrade cycles And if you pay a higher than average rate for power, may even pay for itself Now just to be absolutely clear, if you are trying to upgrade the power supply of, say, a(n) Acer Aspire pre-built or a Dell Inspiron That was four, five, six hundred dollars? If you’re custom building an inexpensive Budget machine in the four to six hundred dollar price range? As nice as this is, it’s probably overkill for those tasks Are you building an overclockable i5 or i7? Are you building a Ryzen 5 1600 machine for $800 plus? Definitely get an 80 plus gold and put this on your shortlist. If you look at the cost of 550 to 850 Watt power supplies, if you look at the ones that come with 10-year warranties? You will find that it’s very Hard to get a better deal on the market than this unit. In fact the only other recent power supply that I’ve looked at that Also has a 10 year warranty, is the corsair RMx line. Very nice power supplies, just built one in a machine But the 850 watt version of this costs less than the 850 watt version of that, by a little bit, but it does. Both have 10-year warranties. All the other 80 plus gold units that I’ve looked at lately, have five year warranties or less. Put this on your short list, it is a very nice unit. Well, I think that’s about enough talking How about we take it out of the box and take a look at it? Here we are, I’ve taken the internal cardboard box out of the pretty retail box and at this point You simply slide this up. Open it up, and we’ll take a look inside. Inside you can see several things including a – what is this? – free giveaway for a free bluetooth speaker, there you go. A user’s manual, Some velcro straps and some zip tie stra- that’s actually very nice and these are silkscreen. It actually says focus plus gold right on the zip ties right there. We have form-fitting foam, We have the power supply in a bag, and then we have all of the modular cables in a bag as well. I’ve commented many times on my channel: “Quality products tend to come in quality boxes cheap products come in cheap boxes.” That’s not always true. Often, but not always. This already looks quality instead of having this just in a plastic bag What we have, is the power supply in a nice Seasonic bag in fact they bothered to even put their logo right on it That’s actually very nice I’ll set that there for the moment. And then we have this bag of all the cables, and I’ll set this aside The nice thing about having a bag like this is that if you don’t use all of your cables, it gives you a Convenient place to put them. I mentioned it’s fully modular, all the cables are disconnected You only use the ones you need, but if you need an extra in the future, keep them in your bag Opening this up, let’s take a look inside With all the cables laid out, let’s take a look. We have our wall power connector This is our main power connector with the three pins that you simply plug into a standard wall outlet Next you have a 4+4 CPU power connector This is for either the four pin or eight pin CPU power connector on the motherboard, it’s split So you can use it either way. Then we have our PCI express power connector I mentioned that this is good up for a GTX 1080 Ti Even if you have a factory overclock mod- model such as the For The Win 3, or the MSI Duke, for example, that needs two eight pin connectors? This provides them. They can also be split They’re 6+2 so you can have 2×6-pin, 1×6-pin, 1×8-pin or 2×8-pin connectors. Now if you want to run two graphics cards, as I said before, you’re gonna want something higher than this. You want the 850 Watt Power supply, which will come with more cables. This is for one video card which provides all the cables you need for one. Next up we have our 24 pin power connector. This is our main motherboard ATX connector. Now You can see here that this is sleeved with an actual black sleeve But it is black all the way to the ends, no ketchup and mustard, the color. This is way too thick in order to actually have the flat, the rest of the cables are flat But that is black sleeved for protection as well as black all the way to the ends Next up we have our Serial ATA cables. One of these cables has two, the other has four. So you have a total of six Serial ATA Power Connectors, which should provide all the hard drives and Solid-state drives you may want to connect. Now these are flat black, just to be absolutely clear They are completely flat ribbons Not just sleeved. The next cable is a Molex power connector. Most people will never use this, but there are 3×4-pin Old school Molex Connectors on here, if you happen to have an older device that needs one And then finally, if you have something that needs a floppy power connector, there is a Molex to floppy power adapter, should you need one. That brings us to the unit itself. Now the nice thing about this, is it’s fairly compact in size I have reviewed many of these in the past which are much, much larger. In fact that very nice Corsair RMx that I showed you in the recent Ryzen build is nice, but it is in fact longer than this. What you’ll find with this power supply – look at that, this fits in almost any case it’s a standard ATX size. Here is your 120 millimeter fluid Dynamic bearing fan which, as I noted before, will not turn till you hit 30% power consumption. Here are all your fully modular connections, fully labeled – to plug all those cables into. Now, as far as the label on it goes this is what it looks like – it is a very muted Nondescript logo, so it’s not glary and flashy if you’re concerned about the appearance of your power supply in your case It just has the Focus logo, but otherwise is very nondescript And it’s basically the same logo on both sides, depending on how you want to orient it. On the back there is an Eco mode button, where you can adjust how the power delivery and how when the fan actually kicks on More details about that in the manual But if you want to put it into an Eco mode, there is a button for it. You also have a physical Power Connector switch. I like this. I cannot stand power supplies that don’t give me a hard switch This lets you remove power to the motherboard without having to actually unplug the cable from the back of your power supply While keeping your system grounded. Do you need to work inside your machine? Change your graphics card? Change your ram? This lets you leave it plugged in, keeping your machine grounded But actually kill power to the motherboard The Motherboard is normally live, even if your system is turned off, as long as power is plugged into the power supply But by physically connecting disconnecting this switch, it actually removes power and lets you safely change components without risk of your machine coming on This has been my unboxing an overview of the 80 plus gold certified Focus plus power supply from Seasonic $79. Linked down in the video description below, go check it out Like this video if you liked it, share it with your friends if you loved it, remember to subscribe to my channel with the big huge Red Button directly below. Questions and comments in the comment section, and, as always, check out the links in the video description. 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100 thoughts on “Seasonic FOCUS Plus GOLD – 550 Watt 80+ Power Supply – Review

  1. 1080ti on 550W lol I would not recommend it. 750w for 20$ more is best deal, it leaves you room to upgrade 3-4 years later.

  2. Hey Mr Deal, what is the differences between the Prime Gold G650 and the Focus Gold besides semi-modular vs full modular?

  3. I just started to buy my parts to build my PC and i just got a corsair RMX 550 gold for 60$ on newegg. is that a good deal? was thinking about getting the 650 gold but tbh for 10bucks more and it will only be running a 1060 3gb card anyways so my brother said jsut stick with the 550 gold

  4. The higher end Seasonic psu's come with 10 to 12 year warranties, do you think a 650w will still be sufficient 10 years from now for a single gpu with a amd cpu?

  5. Can anyone response about how it works,if you bought it. Will it be enough for R5 1600+ GTX 1060 ? I plam to overclock the cpu at 3.8 Ghz and the memory from 2400 to 2933 ,so will this PSU be enough for stable work?

  6. Love your vids, bought one of these after watching this video, but I have an issue… There's a humming pulsating sound coming from the PC since I installed it. Suggestions?

  7. The most concise and best explanation of what the Gold+ category is.
    I bought this PSU before any other component.

  8. I found your channel through this psu about 2-3 weeks ago. I just bought this awhile ago and It's so quiet! Thank you for this amazing review. I am very happy with it and I can't wait to use it for my upcoming build. 🙂

  9. My Seasonic Platinum began failing under load after only 10 months. Paid cash here in Japan at Joshin – couldnt find reciept – honestly never thought I would need it ever. Seasonic would not help me.
    REPLY

  10. im greatefull that i find your channel thnx, and more reviews to come 🙂

    just to clarify can i use this 550fx focus gold on a machine with ryzen 5 1600 and gtx1070 and 3x8gb ram, all 3 on overclock? or only one of them overclock>? not a serious overclock just on the safe level liek the ones in youtube with the stock cooler overclock

  11. Is it possible to run 2x1070Ti on the same PCI-E cable – the cards are single port? In the documentation, Seasonic claims it is a Multi GPU Setup PSU, but there is only -> 1 cable x 2x(6+2pins) split cable in the box.
    The question is more like -> can the cable handle it, because I cannot find another cable for this PSU anywhere?

  12. is a psu bronze 530W (be quiet) good enough for a x370 gaming pro carbon, r7 1700 (boxed wraith aspire cooler) and a gtx 1060 6gb?

  13. you should do a video on the seasonic 450 focus gold semi modular psu. only 55$ and the features they cut are no silent fan mode not fully modular and the warranty is only 7 years but for 45$ after rebate i think its a deal

  14. Tech Deals the Seasonic Focus Plus or Corsair RM 650X or Evga 650w G3??. Which possess best quality and reliability, considering I can get the there for about the same price

  15. I know this is late bur please answer: If I order this from Amazon, will it come with the right type of wall power plug???

  16. Is it better to buy a PSU from Seasonic, instead of one by Cooler Master (built by Seasonic) ? Is there any difference in quality ?

  17. I bougth myself Seasonic Focus Plus Platinium 750 W. Its really silent and compact. I had Corsair CX 850 M Bronze but it was bit loud. But I'm bit loss what is the difference between Prime and Focus. And Gold and Platinium with Seasonic Brand. I did google but didn't find any definite answer to this. And I do know the power effiency difference between Gold and Platinum but is it only difference?

  18. Some GPU's has both 6pin and 8pin connectors, does this power supply supports that? and does it has an extra 6pin connector for the GPU or i have to buy another connector? planning to buy the 650w.

  19. Watched this video, and was like yes…after looking around for weeks. Glad to say I bought this and it had alot to do with this video, ty Tech Deals.

  20. I bought the 850 watt version. Coming from a 1000 watt enermax its alot better suited to my setup which is 2700 X / 1080ti reference model…

  21. your videos are very informative and honest. I am in process of buying parts at the moment, and I have bought most of the things based on your videos and your recommendations. And this is coming from a person who is extremely choosy lol …
    I have only bought the things which you have reviewed. Thank you for your work

  22. 1 year later but anyway just want to say i love your channel and this video helped me a lot. but im going with the 650w version;)

  23. This PSU is unbelievably quiet! You can't really tell, if the fan is running or not (until you crouch down next to your pc and hit the fanless mode button). The annoying thing is, the cables are very stiff.

  24. Great. Now im sure I dont need to buy the 750 watt version of this for my 1070+8400. (650watt version not available here for some reason)

  25. Seasonic, you know. The guys that make the boards of Corsair's ultra high-end PSUs? THAT SEASONIC? Imagine how much money millions of PC builders would have saved if only they knew that company made their own OEM PSUs at half the price on average…

  26. Awesome video, thank you, I don't know how I miss this video, I'm happy that I found this and awesome that you make this video about PSU because I was worried I made a mistake and take a bad PSU (not enough power) for my build, now I'm sure I made a good decision 🙂 Seasonic 650W Focus Plus 80 Plus Gold BOX is the best deal I make on PSU 🙂 (for my Ryzen 5 2600 with B450 MOBO and Vega 56 GPU). Now I'm not worried about my PC 🙂 Thank you

  27. I have already ordered this and it's on it's way, but man you do a great job of selling this product. You just made me absolutely sure I chose the right PSU for my needs. Thank you so much for a great review.

  28. hello .. thanks for the video .. is the ECO thing could be turned on/off while the system is running ? or should i shut everything down before doing it ? i bought it but im afraid to test it

  29. This looks really good. I just ordered mine in platinum, gold was out of stock and it was only $24AU more expensive, electricity is really expensive over here so it's probably worth it.

  30. Been looking for information about this PSU, amazing review, easy to digest, clear and concise. Subscribed!

    Now I'll look for your other reviews.

  31. I was wondering if which one of the following PSUs (this vs Corsair CX550M) is ideal for this build:

    i5-4460
    8GB RAM
    RX580 8GB

  32. Hi my psu has started yesterday buzzing near the powercord connector,even when the computer is turned off.What does this mean?Do i have to RMA back this focus plus?

  33. Great presentation; to the point and relevant. Don't get me wrong, I like flash and pizzaz in videos like everybody else, but when it comes to buying components that have a drastic effect on an expensive item like a computer, I just want the facts so I can make an educated choice. Thank you!

  34. Just completed my first computer build today! Now just waiting for the parts to be delivered and I chose this power supply! You’ve been such a big help. Great videos!

  35. Finally a good gold rated psu that is fully modular and black cables. I might get this for my first pc that uses a ryzen 5 2600 and a rx 580.

  36. The video is full of informations and its great. I bought it after this Video and I like it. Thanks for that nice review

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