EVGA 650 GQ 650W Power Supply

We’re back at it with EVGA again today. A few weeks back, we tested the brand new GQ 850W unit and found that it was good. But not every model in every single power supply line is guaranteed to be decent. Let’s see if the 650W model stacks up well against big brother.

PROD LINK: 650 GQ Product Page
PRICE: $79.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

The parade of EVGA units continues. A few weeks ago, we looked at the first of yet another new line of units from them in the GQ 850W, a unit that proved to be rather decent indeed. I remain puzzled as to why EVGA needs to have so many different product lines going at the same time, but even so, we’re going to take a look at the current baby of the GQ line in the 650 watt model today. It’s always good to see if performance can stay consistent throughout a new line.

The feature list of this unit remains the same as the bigger model. You’ve got your fifty degrees at full power. Full protections. The semi-fanless mode that can be switched off so the fan runs all the time. FDB (fluid dynamic bearing) fan. Five-year warranty. Japanese capacitors.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the box, today. We’ve already seen this stuff before. In fact, let’s just unpack.

The contents of the box end up being the same as the larger unit, only with a 650W unit replacing the 850W one. The manual is the same decent one that came with the larger unit, so we’ll skip having a look at it this time out.

Instead, let’s get right to the power supply itself, and… uh… there’s a problem with the fan grille hub. It was on there, crooked in the last shot, and just pulled right off. But that’s a cosmetic issue… I’ve never seen it happen on any other EVGA unit, including the 850W GQ. It has no impact on functionality at all. It will therefore not be scored on.

That said, I will replace it after I get done on page five. I still have an EVGA unit that can donate a perfect looking fan grille. It’s no big deal.

Here’s your first look at the modular connectors. Just like the larger unit, only with fewer of them. The housing is a fair bit shallower, as well, so we may not be dealing with the exact same platform. This is why I like to test more than one model in a product line… it’s not always easy to keep the performance good across many platforms.