A few weeks ago, we had a look at the XFX TS 650 650W PSU which was the first of three units XFX had sent over. As was mentioned in that review, the TS series is based on the Seasonic G series. We are going to be looking at the XFX – XTR 650, is also based off the G series but with a few more modifications. Will the XTR give us the same performance we seen in the TS? With the main differences being a larger fan, modular cables, and a Hybrid fan mode, I am curious to see just how close these do compare. Let’s get on with the show, shall we?
SUPPLIED BY: XFX
PRODUCT: XTR 650
PROD LINK: XTR 650 Product Page
PRICE: $109.99 @ Amazon
Price is at the time of testing!
Today we have the XFX XTR 650 on the table for us to look at. Having put the TS 650 through the wringer a few weeks ago, things might seem a little repetitive but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum as much as possible.
Looking at the front of the retail box, we see that this unit is fully modular, which is always a plus in our book here at JonnyGURU.com. We also see that the XTR has XFX’s EasyRail Plus technology. Hmm, Hybrid Fan Control. Hmm, that is two major differences between the two units and we’ve only had a look at the front of the box. Up at the top right, we see a few of the features listed via small icons, Haswell Ready, Radeon Crossfire Ready, nVidia SLI Ready, Japan Caps, and 80+ Gold.
Turning over the box I’m drawn toward the nice 3/4 view of the XTR PSU itself, showing off its large fan, and modular interface.
To the left, we have XFX’s True Wattage Guarantee, with a brief description talking about how some brands tweak tests to get great wattage ratings and others are based on unrealistic testing environments.
We also see mention of the 80+ Gold certification meaning that this unit has up to 90% power efficiency at typical load. XFX also states “you get nearly every watt you pay for”, which is something I think we all want. There is always someone out there that would like to slip one over on the consumer.
The last two paragraphs are talking about how XFX designed these units to deliver tight DC voltage regulation and minimal AC ripple, along with “Extreme Heat Tested Capacitors”. I am sure we’re all familiar with the normal “Japanese Capacitors” and “105°C” features; XFX just went about saying it a little different.
With the XTR utilizing a pair of DC to DC voltage regulators, we should have no problem when it comes to the Haswell based processors sleep state. We have several features listed including a few we have already covered. The 135 mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing is a nice upgrade from the 120 mm FDB fan in the TS series.
They also provide a list of the connectors included with the XTR 650.
Here we have the AC/DC input and output specifications, which looks the same as the TS we just tested.
Over on the side of the box, we have a brief description of XFX’s EasyRail Plus technology.
Lastly, we have a graph showing the fan curve. XFX’s Hybrid Fan Control, when activated allows the PSU to operate silently until it reaches 20% load or 25°C. Silent operation is something that many users are focused on these days. Unfortunately for manufacturers, finding that sweet spot is not something that is easily done.
Upon opening the box, we find yet another box. This one contains the two bags of modular cables.
XFX definitely provides a nice cushioned container for its PSU to ride in. Everything here is as snug as a pug in a rug.
Well in Izzy’s case, it is snug as a pug in her blanket. Boy, did we ever start something with that pink blanket? She always has one laying somewhere. What is even funnier is how she gets when you try to grab one of them. For a while, the grandson would grab one and then crack up laughing as Izzy drug him across the room. He still tries to play tug o’ war with her from time to time. Oops! Sorry, I got a little off topic there.
Here we have the XTR 650 with its modular cables laid out.
The user manual gives you plenty of information regarding the carton contents, features, and warning and safety info. Above we have the specifications for our unit as well as 550W and 750W models.