Some of you may be wondering what I'm doing sitting in the dark here with all these candles and oil lamps surrounding me. Well, I'll tell you. It's 18th Century Day here in Saskatchewan, which is in fact a two day holiday during which we celebrate the fact that we're so hardcore, we don't need little things like "electricity" to live our lives. Normally, what we'd do on a day like this is go outside and dance in the street to show that we are indeed not dependent on our utilities to get by, but I can't help but think that I owe you folks a review as well, so here I am on my beat up laptop with candlelight surrounding me.
What's all that stuff over to my left? I'll explain that in a minute or three or four or five...teen. First, we gotta get the usual rigmarole out of the way. Ladies and gentlemen, a box picture.
Today, I'm looking at the XFX XPS 650W unit, XXX edition. This is an 80 Plus Bronze certified unit, and little brother to the XFX 850W unit I reviewed way back when. A lot of us have been waiting for XFX to release a few more models, and at last that wait is over.
Another side of the box reminds us that yes, there is a 650 watt unit in the box. Ouch! Stupid candle. They should put warning labels on these things: "May cause burning sensation while trying to touch flame."
This side of the box tells us a few essential specs on the unit inside, like what we can get away with in terms of loading. Single 52A 12 volt rail - not too shabby.
"Get your gaming juices flowing," insists the box. Hmm... XXX edition, gaming juices... I wonder what they could be going for there. Clearly they're intending to use the alphabet and some Tang as aids to sell these things. What? Three letter word, starts with "S" and ends with "X?" What does the number six have anything to do with this unit's marketing? Sometimes I don't understand you people.
Play hard. Well, as long as they don't intend that to be followed up by "crash harder," I reckon we'll be ok during the load testing phase of this review.
Here we have a "box unpacked" shot. A power supply, some modular cables, a user guide, a velcro bag for the modular cables, and a power cord. What, no screws? I don't see any here. Most power supply companies supply those. Ah well, no big deal - let's carry on.
Hey, the power came on! Boo, the power went off again! I suppose having it turned on for ten seconds is better than having it on for good, right Mr. Utility? We wouldn't want to celebrate 18th Century Day in the light now, would we? That would be just plain illogical.
Aha! There are screws after all! They were hiding on the power supply itself, in the mounting screw holes. And folks, you don't want to loose these - they don't appear to be threaded like the standard power supply mounting screws you're used to using. They are, in fact, threaded like the screws you used for that DVD recorder. That's kind of annoying, XFX. It's good to be different, but lets switch over to the standard, shall we?
Speaking of being different, it appears that this unit is styled exactly like the 850W model I reviewed before, which as it turned out didn't exactly set my heart on fire with yearning. I'm still not sure about the blinding green color of that fan. I will say it's nice to be able to easily see the modular cable connectors, however, even in this candlelight. Why, I bet I could put out all but one candle, hold it up to that big green fan, and light the whole house with it until the power comes back on.
Here's the modular connector panel for you. Lots of bright green connectors to plug cables into. I'll be showing a full-on shot of the fan soon - you might want to grab some shades for that picture.
Just like the 850W, this unit has the same look to its exhaust grille. AC receptacle, XFX logo, power switch, and non standard 5.25" bay screw mounts.
I did warn you about that fan shot, and now look - several of you have gone temporarily blind. I guess you get to celebrate 18th Century Day with me now. That logo in the middle there was covered by a clear plastic film to help protect the power supply. A nice touch, but I wonder how useful it is considering the whole unit itself was shipped without anything over it to protect the rest of the finish. XFX just took the bare supply, dropped it unprotected into the cardboard box, and that's how it arrived at my house. I would maybe put a bag over it to protect the rest of the finish, XFX.
Here's the load table again, this time on the power supply's actual label. These are the specs I will be choosing my loads around when it comes to load testing the unit.
XFX XPS 650W
The obligatory tail shot of the review. A fair number of the cabling is hardwired to the unit, including two PCI-E connectors, two EPS12V connectors (one of which is a 4+4 pin modular affair), and the ATX cable.
Type of connector:
XFX XPS 650W
ATX connector (540mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (540mm)
8 pin EPS12V (540mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (580mm)
6 pin PCIe (580mm)
5.25" Drive (550mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+150mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (560mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
170mm x 150mm x 86mm
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