Appearance and Cable Configuration

The case is "the pride" of XFX. As you can see the ventilation holes around the large power switch are square-shaped, and there are additional ventilation slots on both sides. The fan grille goes for an angular spiderweb aesthetic with the XFX logo at center. Most parts of the case are made out of metal, while the front with the modular plugs consists of a thin synthetic material. All the sockets for the modular connectors have their own description, and while many manufacturers use different colors to set the peripherial connectors apart from the PEG, CPU, and motherboard connectors, this works just as well. XFX has a video giving their thoughts on the design and elements of their new PSUs below:

 

 

Cables and Connectors

Connector type (length)

Main 1x 24-pin (60cm) modular
ATX12V/EPS12V 1x 4+4-pin (65cm) modular
1x 8-pin (65cm) modular
PCIe 2x 6/8-pin (60cm) modular
2x 6/8-pin (60cm) modular
2x 6/8-pin (60cm) modular
Peripheral 3x SATA (ca. 55, 70, 85cm) modular
3x SATA (ca. 55, 70, 85cm) modular
3x SATA (ca. 55, 70, 85cm) modular
2x SATA (ca. 35, 50 cm) modular
3x Molex (ca. 55, 70, 85cm modular
3x Molex (ca. 55, 70, 85cm) modular
2x Molex (ca. 35, 50cm) modular
1x Molex to 2x FDD adapter (15 cm) modular

As far as the connectors go, all of the cables are 60cm or more long which will be good for larger cases. Naturally, a PSU in this wattage should come with plenty of connectors and long cables, but it is very impressive to see the heap of modular cables in the package. Like the Seasonic, all of the cables are modular and the two FDD connectors listed in the table above are implemented as an adapter. This method allows the customer to realize an absolutely individual cable configuration for their PC.

Both the two CPU and the three PCIe cables have a hugely satisfying wire cross-section (16 AWG). Eleven SATA and eight Molex connectors are more than enough to power any computer. We should note that the Platinum PSU from Enermax offers twelve SATA plugs; nevertheless, the number of cables and connectors is adequate for a 1000W model.

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  • Max- - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    Why isn't there any mention of what the input voltage is?
    I assume you're testing in 120V but i'm quite sure a large percentage of your readers are coming from somewhere with a voltage more around 230V.

    Please, how does this affect the efficiency? Surely there's some way you can get a power supply that can provide these tests with both 120V and 230V tests?
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  • Omoronovo - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    ~220v inputs generally make for more efficient PSUs, though ripple will often increase by around 16% to account for the variance of 50 vs 60hz commonly used in 220v-based countries like the UK. Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    230v. :) Reply
  • ahar - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    -6% to +10% Reply
  • connor4312 - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    You can see in the picture on the second page that a European plug is included, so I assume it supports 230/220V. Reply
  • entity279 - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    "for the difference ($17 USD) customers get a better fan and a few extras such as cable ties and a bag for the unused cables"

    The fan difference my be important important. Also, and it's not mentioned in the review, Seasonic offers 7(!!) years waranty versus XFX's 5.
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  • Martin Kaffei - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    You're right.
    Warranty has been added..
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  • mattgmann - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    The last high end PSU I've bought was an Antec Signature 850W a few years back. I believe it cost nearly $300, and there was NOTHING on the market that approached its quality at the time.

    It's nice to see there are a lot of new units coming out that are giving great power quality with even higher efficiency at much lower prices.

    Hopefully the quality/pricing continues to trickle down to <500W power supplies.
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  • ShieTar - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    "option to have the CPU run passively has <40% load is a nice feature if you don't need the airflow a PSU can provide"

    Having a CPU run passively (without external power) would be nice indeed ;-)
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  • dqniel - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    This makes it sound like 80% is the minimum efficiency for the Platinum certification.

    This PSU only makes Platinum certification with 0.56% room to spare at 20% load, so I'd hardly say it "easily" makes it. Not that it matters, because the efficiency is still astounding.

    80 Plus Platinum requirements at 115v:

    20% load - 90% efficiency
    50% load - 92% efficiency
    100% load - 89% efficiency
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