XFX XPS-650W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - February 18, 2010
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The XFX XXX Edition 650W power supply is finished in simple matte black, but it's the industrial look in combination with the lime green fan and modular cable connectors, that give it its unique appearance.
The front of the power supply continues the industrial theme with a blocked form that neatly frames the modular cable connectors and captive cable exit port. There's little room for error when connecting up the modular cables because XFX have used 6-pin for the peripheral and SATA cables and 8-pin for the PCI-E cables. The modular cable connector panel is actually made of sturdy plastic which exactly matches the case paint color and is firmly held in place with four screws.
The sides of the power supply carry shaped labels that sit in shaped recesses in the metal case, a XFX Play Hard XXX Edition label on one side, and specification table with agency approval and 80 Plus Bronze logos on the opposite face.
The fan grill is, unlike many power supplies, part of the case and carries the XFX graphic at its center. The base is unadorned apart from a single screw head which is part of the printed circuit board fixing.
The captive cable set consists of a motherboard 20/24-pin connector, 4+4-pin ATX12V/EPS12V connector, 8-pin EPS12V connector, 6-pin PCI-E connector, and 6+2-pin PCI-E connector. All the cables are covered in black mesh sleeving, which continues all the way into the power supply.
The thinner black box that sits over the power supply contains the modular cable bag shown below. The black bag is decorated with a section of the XFX graphic in lime green and the XFX Play Hard logo in white, and consists of two separate pockets with Velcro sealed fold over tops.
The two sections fold together like a book which is held together by a couple of Velcro pads in the corners.
The modular cable set is fully braided in black mesh screen which is held in place using glue lined heat shrink sleeving.
The fan used on the XFX XXX Edition 650W is a good quality Adda model ADN512HB-A91 and, unlike most power supplies, is mounted on its own bracket rather than the case.
The XFX XXX Edition 650W power supply printed circuit board is the same board used in PC Power & Cooling units and on closer inspection the word Silencer is still visible after attempts to hide it with black marker. The board is marked with 610/660/750W on the screen printing so use in a 650W unit shouldn't be a problem whether it's an original PC Power & Cooling design or modified for use by XFX.
All the capacitors that are visible are rated at the more welcome 105°C temperature rating and carry a KZE identification mark which is probably the low impedance range from United Chemi-Con.
The XFX XXX Edition 650W power supply is a well built unit with great looks that comes in well designed sturdy packaging. It may not appeal to everybody, but at the end of the day its performance that counts.