Hello once again, my good readers. Today, we're going X rated as we take a look at the Xion PowerReal 700W power supply. We're going to take a virgin Xion power supply, hook it up to my SunMoon torture device, see what makes it tick, and then tear it apart to see what it's made of. And then, maybe I'll even put it back together again.
As you can see by the above box, the Xion begins a fine tradition of backwards talking. Power Real? Don't they mean Real Power? A quick check of the website shows that yes, they do in fact mean Real Power. In fact, this is the Xion Real Power PowerReal 700W. Is your head spinning yet? Mine was, so I hired an exorcist. Holy water burns when you get it in your eyes.
There are already a few bragging points on the front of the box up there to mention. First, the unit boasts dual PCI-E connectors. Probably both six pin. That's good, but wouldn't it be better if it had at least one eight pin? Well, yes it would but I have a confession to make. This unit is an old sample. I was digging through the review sample closet the other day, and found this puppy in a dark corner. I'd forgotten about it. Better late than never, I suppose.
Ultra silent 140mm fan. That's pretty standard these days... big fans that is. Some of them are more silent than others. Titanium nickel coated? Something tells me there isn't much titanium in that there coating. But we'll let that one slide for now.
The side of the box holds a few more bragging points. Again with the 140mm fan - they must really be proud of that fan. Auto fan speed adjustment. SATA connectors. PCI-E connectors. Titanium nickel... oh come on, here. There's no titanium in the coating, mark my words!
No wait, don't mark my words. You'll get ink all over your monitor. That would suck to clean up.
The back of the box features full color graphics of some of the Xion's features. Hmm... apparently, that fan is now award winning for silent construction, somehow, and is able to enhance "the coolest look on any PC case." What, is there some institute somewhere on the planet where all they do is collect fans to give them awards? And just how do they determine that the fan in the Xion, for example, was built more silently than Brand X... er, I mean, Brand Y?
For that matter, does Xion have some kind of soundproofed chamber where twenty people work with rubber coated tweezers to put these fans together, all overseen by my school librarian who used to shush you if you blinked too loud? I don't know, it just all seems silly to me.
But maybe all they mean is that the fan runs quietly. I guess I'll find out in load testing.
Opening the box immediately reveals a halfhearted attempt at a user guide. The first part of the guide stretches to exactly three pages in six languages, showing how to install the unit using full color pictures. The fourth page details a cool little feature, where you push a button to cycle the unit between auto, low, and high fan speeds. This fourth page is repeated in several other languages. The inside back cover gives you some precious warranty info, while the outside back cover details the specs on no less than six different models.
The full contents of the box. One power supply, one user guide, one power cord, four screws. Oh, and two twist ties, some bubble wrap, and a small Ziploc bag. That's all you get with this puppy.
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with this picture? If you said it's missing a can of Coca-Cola, you're correct. I'll go get one in a second. But there's something else missing. Remember the owner's manual? Remember that cool fan control switch? Do you see one on the actual unit itself? Because I sure don't. What I do see is a 115/230V switch. It's almost as if this is a non-PFC unit, or passive PFC.
So, we have one missing feature already, compounded by the lack of active PFC, which you can even find in low end units these days. We're not off to a great start, here.
The new design!!! The fan is thermally controlled!!! Smart fan operates only when required!!!
Sorry, Xion. I remember when I got this review sample, and these weren't awesome new features at the time. It's all been done before.
Max peak, max combined, max combined. Xion sure likes the work max, don't they? The above label makes me a little nervous for two reasons. First, the power and current specs are given as "max peak" values. Second, there is no combined 3.3V/5V rating. Why does that make me nervous? Well, it's simple. The word "peak" is usually used when you want something to seem better than it really is. And on a computer power supply, the lack of a 3.3V/5V rating often serves to inflate the output rating for the unit, again to make it seem better than it really is.
Take a look at the combined 12V rating, which thankfully is present. 600W, or 50A. That's actually not too bad for a 700W unit, but at the same time it's low enough to make me wonder what the unit's true 3.3V/5V capacity is. I'm just going to have to choose my loads using this incomplete information, and see what happens.
There's a third missing bit of information up there, namely the lack of a UL file number under that backwards "UR" logo. We're going to have to go by clues inside the unit as to the actual OEM. But I'll tell you who it is already, no need to wait for page three: Superflower.
Oh, what a tangled web the Xion weaves. It's been a long time since I saw such a mess of cabling on a power supply, and the Xion is possibly one of the worst offenders I've seen. It took me ten minutes to even get them looking this nice, despite the sleeving on the ATX and EPS12V cables. Messy, messy. And short... some of the cables are too short, in this reviewer's opinion. Here, I'll put it all into a table for you:
Type of connector:
ATX connector (420mm)
5.25" Drive connectors (400mm+140mm+140mm+140mm)
3.5" Drive connectors (+140mm)
8-pin Xeon/EPS connector (420mm)
2 x 3 PCIe (420mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
150mm x 162mm x 86mm
*connector is modular 4+4 pin type for ATX12V functionality
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