SUPPLIED BY: XFX
PRODUCT: XTR 650
PROD LINK: XTR 650 Product Page
PRICE: $109.99 @ Amazon
Price is at the time of testing!
XFX has carried over the same overall look and feel from one line to the other. The noticeable difference is the XTRs full modular design. There is also the fan mode switch that you see in the top left corner by the modular interface.
The XTR series also use a 135 mm FDB fan compared to the 120 mm FDB fan in the TS series. As I stated on the TS, I do like the design, but feel that the branding might be a little heavy. They have some character, which is a good thing, they’re going to be noticed.
Here we have a good view of the modular interface. With everything labeled nicely, there should be no confusion as to where each of the connectors goes. The fan switch allows you to switch between Hybrid Mode and Normal Mode. The Hybrid Mode allows the PSU to operate silently until it reaches 20% load or 25°C.
Unlike the TS series, the XTR’s labeling seems a little lopsided. I think they needed to center up the XTR logo.
For me, it just throws things off a little I think.
When looking at the rear of the PSU, the labeling looks a little off here as well. As far as the rear of the PSU goes, we have the standard hexagon mesh design that most units use.
Looking at the fan grill, we have to wonder how much this design is going to affect the noise profile of the XTR’s FDB fan. It does not matter which fan you look at, they all produce their own noise profiles. When you put a fan behind a fan grill, heatsink, or radiator, those obstacles are going to alter that fans noise profile.
On the bottom of the PSU, we have the AC/DC Input/Output specifications, which happen to be the same as what we saw with the TS 650.
|XTR 650 – DC Output|
|Max Power @ 50°C||100W||648W||3.6W||12.5W|
With the numbers being the same, we will be loading the XTR with the same loads we used to test the TS 650. This means we can do a direct comparison between the two.
Here we have the included cables laid out. We can see right off we have a mixed bag of cables with all but the main ATX cable being flat cables while the main ATX cable is sleeved.
Having the main ATX 20+4 pin cable sleeved is easier to work with when trying to route the cables. When using flat cables on the main ATX cable, you always end up with one of the two strands of wires being longer than the other, which makes routing the cable harder, and leaves you with a bulge in the cable somewhere between the two connectors.
We can see what I am talking about in the above image. Both the ATX 4+4 pin cable (top) and the EPS 8 pin cable have two strands of four wires each. They both have one strand that is flipped over adding to the issue of them not wanting to lay down nicely when you are routing them. The two strands of the ATX cable seem to flow better with each other than those of the EPS cable. We can clearly see that one side of the EPS cable is definitely shorter.
The PCI-e cables have two 6+2 pin connectors each. Don’t get me wrong here; I know I sound like I am complaining. I like working with full modular PSU’s and prefer the flat ribbon style cabling. I just wish companies would put a little more focus on the cabling so it is a little easier on the end user.
The PCI-e cables are a perfect example of why I prefer flat cables. With a video card needing two 6 pin PCI-e connectors, you either have to use one cable and tie back the +2 pins, or use two cables and tie back one full connector each plus the +2 pins. Neither of the options looks good. Using the flat cables, you do not have as much bulk at the end of the cable, which allows for a cleaner install even though you still have to tie back the +2 pins.
Here we have the SATA cables, three in total giving you 10 SATA connectors.
Lastly, we have the peripheral cables. I like the fact that XFX has given us one cable with only two 5.25″ connectors (works great for lighting options).
|XTR 650 – Cabling|
|Type of Cable||Length from PSU|
|20+4 pin ATX connector||600 mm|
|4+4 pin CPU||650 mm|
|8 pin CPU||650 mm|
|6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e||550+100 mm|
|6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e||550+100 mm|
|Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)|
|170 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm|
As always, we have included our cabling table so it is easier to see what cables and connectors we have. If you compare the cable/connector count between the XTR and the TS, the XTR has one more 5.25″ cable. The XTR 650 also comes in a little longer at 170 mm to help accommodate that larger 135 mm fan.