Xion/AXP Lan Party Edition 700W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - October 3, 2010
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The Xion Lan Party Edition 700W power supply enclosure is finished off with a slightly textured satin black paint which always looks good.
The rear of the power supply comes with IEC mains input connector, on/off switch and a hexagonal holed exhaust grill which occupies every inch of spare space for maximum cooling. The modular cable connectors are mounted on the front face of the power supply and something I don’t like to see on power supplies for the enthusiast market, identical connectors. What does this mean? It means that you can plug any of the modular cables into any of the connectors so they will all have to carry the 3.3 V, 5.0 V and 12V rails, more on this later.
One of the side panels carries the specification label which includes an AXP not Xion brand mark, a specification table, agency approval logos and a warning about the dangers of going inside the power supply, not advised if you don’t know what you’re doing! No information on the opposite face.
The base of the power supply is blank and the top of the power supply shows the 140mm cooling fan with an AXP logo at its center. The use of a 140mm cooling fan on an 80 Plus Gold certified power supply is unusual but it should keep the power supply cool and the noise to a minimum.
The captive cable set consists of a 20+4-pin motherboard connector, a single 4+4-pin ATX12V/EPS12V connector and a daisy chained 6-pin and 6+2-pin PCI-E connector. The cables are fully sleeved all the way into the power supply which is nice to see but I will have more to say on the configuration later. The modular cable set will provide all the connectors you will need and probably more than the average enthusiasts will ever require. The construction quality is good with black braided sleeving used throughout.
The large 140mm cooling fan is an RL4T B1402512M ball bearing design by Globe, rated at 12 V, 0.3 A. The printed circuit board is well laid out and uses a bank of two aluminium heat sinks. What I noticed immediately is the labelling on the printed circuit board which tells me this should be a multi 12 V rail power supply with 12V1, 12V2, up to 12V5, but the current limiting may be disabled so let’s reserve judgement and see how it performs at the testing stage.
The wet electrolytic capacitors are by CapXon and rated at 105 degrees centigrade which is the preferred working temperature. There are also some solid state devices thrown into the mix.
The build quality overall is satisfactory with sleeving used to tidy things up, adhesive used in the appropriate places to secure components and prevent vibration. Sheets of insulation material have been used to prevent shorts to the case and other parts of the circuitry. Let’s have a look at the features and specification and then see how well it performs.