Photos and Features
With the packaging in the background of the FSP Dagger Pro 850W, we can see that the power supply has the same gold trim on it as the box. The camo still doesn’t match up with it, but the Dagger Pro 850W has a heavily textured black powder coat finish and the gold painted on top of that gives a great contrast. The Dagger Pro comes in 550, 650, 750, and 850 wattage options. Our sample here is the largest wattage at 850 watts but if you aren’t trying to pack a high-end PC into a small form factor build, the other wattage options are there, and frankly, it wasn’t that long ago that even the smallest at 550 watts would be considered a high wattage SFX PSU and unless you are running the highest end CPUs and GPUs those options will work perfectly.
Like I said before the Dagger Pro 850W is an SFX power supply which is significantly smaller than the standard ATX-sized PSU. The Dagger Pro 850W is 125mm long, 100mm wide, and 63.5 mm tall. The 125 mm width and the 63.5mm height is standard to SFX, the length of 100 mm is what sets a standard SFX power supply like this apart from an SFX-L which is what most higher wattage SFX options come in.
Both of the sides of the Dagger Pro 850W have the same black and gold sticker on them. This includes the FSP logo on the left and then the Dagger Pro branding all in gold along with a few additional accent stripes under the FSP logo. The rest of the sticker is black. The reason one of the stickers is upside down is to make sure that the branding is readable even if your case needs the PSU installed with the fan down or up. Given that the Dagger Pro 850W does have printed or painted gold on other areas, I do think this would have looked a lot better with the gold painted on the sides because the large black striker covers up the nice textured finish that the rest of the Dagger Pro 850W has. Beyond that our stickers at least on one side was a little tilted as well.
The outside facing end of the Dagger Pro 850W avoids any of the stickers so it has that nice textured finish and FSP did print in gold “Power Never Ends” on here. Beyond that most of this end has small vent holes to let the airflow from the fan to blow out the back of the housing. The only area that isn’t ventilation is where the C13 plug for the power cable is and there is an on and off switch next to that.
The inside facing end of the Dagger Pro 850W has more of the gold accents with stripes along the bottom and then labels for each of the connections in gold. It has the dual connection for the 24-pin motherboard cable at the bottom and then up top there is one CPU power and two PCIe plugs with similar 8-pin plugs. Then on the right, there are two 5-pin vertical plugs for the peripheral cables.
You can call it the top or bottom depending on how you have the Dagger Pro 850W orientated but on one side the Dagger Pro 850W has a full flat surface with no plugs, fans, or vents. This is where they put the main information sticker which at first glance looks like a transparent sticker but I think is a textured black sticker that matches perfectly with the textured finish on the housing. I wish the side stickers had this finish at least. This has the FSP branding and of course the Dagger Pro branding and the wattage. It also has the wattage breakdown and a sticker for your serial number. They also use the space for all of the normally required certification logos as well as the 80 Plus Gold logo.
On the opposite side of the sticker is the fan side. This view gives us a better look at the stubby size of the standard SFX form factor. The SFX-L and ATX form factors are more squared off if not longer than the width which allows for a fan that goes the full width of the PSU. But for SFX the Dagger Pro 850W has a 90mm fan installed to pull air in and keep things cool. FSP used an old-school wire frame fan grill to keep anything from getting inside and that has a black finish just like the fan itself to go with the black textured housings finish.
Alongside the Dagger Pro 850W, in the box, it came with a few extra things. You get documentation of course with a black and white folded-up user manual. Beyond that for those in the US like me you get a NEMA 15 to C13 cable aka a standard power cable. Being a fully modular power supply the Dagger Pro 850W also comes with a bundle of cables but no bag for storing them. They do come at least in a Velcro strap which can be reused for bundling up any extra cables. Then in the plastic bag, you get an ATX to SFX adapter bracket for installing the SFX Dagger Pro 850W into a standard case which is a great way to get extra space in a tight case. You also get a baggie of black screws for both the bracket and for the power supply itself.
The bundle of cables that the Dagger Pro 850W comes with are all the now standard flat and flexible black cables that almost every modular PSU comes with. These make cable management easier and I’m glad to see that the Dagger Pro 850W comes with them. Even the 24-pin which sometimes still gets sleeved is a flat cable. The 24-pin here is 21 inches long which is more than long enough for any SFX compatible system, if anything it may be too long in some situations. For comparison, the Corsair SF750’s and the Cooler Master V850 SFX both have a 24-pin cable that is around 13 inches long. The CPU power cable is interesting in that it has two plugs whereas most PSUs would use two different cables. That cable is 29 inches long, again for comparison other SFX PSUs are in the 17-19 ich range.
For the PCIe power, you get two cables and both have dual plug ends each with 6+2 configuration to support 6 or 8 pin options. Both are 21 inches long which is in line with what other SFX cables would normally be. The only difference here is they aren’t doing a daisy chain configuration so the plugs are both at the same length which I like more and means you don’t have that 6-inch cable sticking up between your power plugs.
Last up are the peripheral cables. Both are long at 26 and 27 inches long and both have four connections on them in total. The cable in the top of our picture has two SATA plugs, one Molex, and then one old-school floppy plug which I don’t know why we continue to see. Then the bottom cable has three SATA power plugs and one Molex down at the end. I like the mixed cables which means you don’t have to have two different cables if you are running something with Molex and something with SATA power. Each has about four and a half inches in between each plug. These are long like a standard ATX cable as well whereas a normal SFX PSU would have the plugs starting right near the power supply and would be 18-19 inches long.