XFX XPS-650W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - February 18, 2010
Category: Power Supplies
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XFX, probably better known for their high-quality graphics cards, recently introduced a small range of enthusiast power supplies. Two Black Edition units with DC output powers of 750W and 850W, and a 650W XXX Edition power supply are aimed at the performance gaming market. OCC has already put the XFX 850W Black Edition power supply through its paces and it performed very well. This time around, it's the turn of the XFX 650W XXX Edition power supply, so let's have a look at it and then see how well it performs.
The packaging of the XFX 650W Black Edition power supply is a box enclosed in a removable cardboard sleeve, which carries all the product information, which presumably makes the box usable for all three power supplies in the range. The color theme is predominantly matte black and lime green with a gloss finish on the slightly raised XXX Edition and 650W text. The top face of the box carries an abstract image of the power supply, complete with small hexagonal bolt heads stamped into the cardboard, giving the power supply packaging an industrial theme. The modular PSU, 80 Plus Bronze and Nvidia SLI Ready logos complete the top face. The base of the packaging carries a small photograph of the XFX 650W XXX Edition power supply, which is gloss finished along with a key features list, fixed and modular cable types, and quantities with illustrative photographs.
One side of the packaging shows the specification table along with model number and agency approval logos, and the opposite face carries product type information with the XFX Play Hard and 80 Plus Bronze logos.
Plain black end panels carry product type and serial number barcodes and a useful black plastic carry handle.
Inside the cardboard sleeve is a matte black box bearing the XFX Play Hard logo. The box is actually made up of two boxes locked together using cardboard tabs. The lower large box contains the power supply and the thinner top box, shown in the photograph on the right, houses the modular cables and cable bag.
The lime green power supply fan is the first thing visible when the modular cable box is lifted off the top. The power supply sits snugly in the center of the box and is protected on all sides by cardboard inserts.
The insert on the left is a removable cardboard box containing the power cord while on the right is a cardboard insert covering the captive cable storage area. The accessories include a user manual, power cord, and black modular cable bag with cables enclosed.
This product has eye-catching and very well designed packaging, which offers good protection to the power supply without the use of foam. The accessories didn't include any power supply mounting screws or cable ties which is a little disappointing but I think this was possibly at mistake at the packing stage.