Reviews - Seasonic X-560 560W
Sample Provided by: (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, Oct-04-2010)

Page 1 - First Look

Greetings once again, good readers, and welcome to yet another adventure on the Sea of Sonic. Today I'm looking at yet another product in the 80 Plus Gold certified X series in the 560 watt model. As it so happens, this is the lowest powered model in the line that has a fan... the two smaller siblings of this unit, the 460W and 400W, are both fanless.

As is customary here at this website, we'll get things started off by looking at some pictures of the box. Thrill as the box pictures fill your screen. Revel in the majesty of the cardboard as it tells us all about the unit inside. Gaze in awe at the splendor of the certification logos on the side, which proclaim the vast array of agencies that have said, "Yes! Yes! This power supply has passed our testing procedures!"

Ok, I'll stop now.

And now we come to the marketing hype. Let me just type this up for you here. This is all pretty similar to the box of the 400W fanless model I looked at, but there are some differences.

  • Seasonic Patented DC Connector Panel with Integrated Voltage Regulation Module
    Seasonic patented full modular design minimizes voltage drops and impedance and maximizes efficiency and cooling and enhances overall performance and reliability.
    • Minimizes line resistance and voltage drops to maximize efficiency.
    • Reduces overall component count to better space utilization for optimal air flow, heat dissipation and cooling.
    • Extensive use of SMD technology for overall quality and reliability improvement.
    • Simple and ingenious design for a "clean" layout to achieve unsurpassed quality and performance.
  • 80 PLUS® GOLD Certified
    80 PLUS® GOLD certification in combination with our corporate slogan "Green Innovation Powers Your Life", defines Sea Sonic's commitment to the design and production of the most eco-friendly power supplies on the market today with the X series as the market leader.
  • Seasonic Hybrid Silent Fan Control
    An industry first, advanced 3 phased thermal control balances between silence and cooling. The Hybrid Silent Fan Control provides 3 operational stages: Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode.
    -Translation... fan no go, fan go slow, fan go fast.
    • Reduces noise without increase in temperature.
      -Huh? No increase in temperature? Well... maybe while the fan is running. With the fan not running, there will be a few hot spots developing until the fan starts up. Those should actually decrease in temperature when the fan gets going.
    • Extends fan life by eliminating unnecessary rotation.
    • Optimizes heat dissipation at all times.
      -Not sure about this one, either. If you mount this unit in the case with the fan facing down, the heat's not getting dissipated very well at all while the fan is off. I wonder if Seasonic provided the ability to mount the fan facing up, similar to the way the X-400 fanless model offered provisions to mount the unit both ways.
    • Fanless mode (0 dBA) provides unsurpassed silent performance.
  • Sanyo Denki - San Ace Silent Fan
    The world-renowned Sanyo Denki ball bearing fans are made of the highest quality components to ensure maximum quality and performance. The use of spoon shaped high-density plastic fan blades with smoothed leading edges, strict tolerance ball bearings and precision copper axel are just some features to ensure ultra low noise performance and quality. In addition, the fan uses 3 balancing points, instead of the industry standard of 2 points, to ensure perfect balance and rotation. The Sanyo Denki fan is a perfect match to the class leading Sea Sonic Hybrid Silent Fan control for the absolute top performance of the industry.
    -I hear the really fancy Sanyo Denki fans come with a precision Axel F. and are only available in Beverly Hills to police officers. Oddly enough, I hear they're actually more annoying than regular Axels.
  • High Current Gold Plated Terminals
    Reduces current transmission resistance for increased efficiency.
    -These will make perfect interconnects between my CD transport and the A/D converter, and possibly also to my $500 audiophile grade outlet and $700 two foot long oxygen free speaker wires up on $50 cable stands. I would have preferred platinum... no, titanium... no, silver... instead though. I want to hear every nuance, every detail, every dog that ever howled, every cat that ever yowled within two blocks of a Ke$ha recording session. I want to hear Madonna flipping out in the background whenever a Lady Gaga song plays. I want to hear people clapping hands over their ears during Nickelback concerts. Wait... you say this isn't an audio component? Huh... in that case, gold plating probably isn't that terribly big of a deal.
  • High Reliability 105°C Grade A Capacitors
    Built with top level Japan sourced components which translates to extended product life.
    -I hear these are big in Japan.
  • Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Electrolytic Capacitors
    Ensures operation stability at extreme conditions.
    -Well, they can. But for things like computer power supplies, there often isn't all that much of an advantage over good quality aluminum electrolytics. Still, I do like to see them in semi-fanless units like this, where they spend a lot of time not getting any cooling.
  • Multi-GPU Technologies Supported
    6Pin & 8Pin PCI-E connectors to support all GPU platforms.
  • 5 Years Warranty
    Our commitment to superior quality.

Yep, we're looking at the 560W model today. The box is happy to remind us of this.

Once again, the marketing is repeated here in multiple languages. Xhosa is conspicuously absent, as is High Elven and Imadeitupish.

Opening up the box, we find a well packed array of stuff. The power supply itself is encased in a thick foam block.

Ready for a list of the unpacked goodies? No? Well... here's one anyway: a power supply in a velvet bag, a bag of modular cables, a user guide, a sticker, a case sticker, some screws, a power cord, some zip ties, and some velcro cable ties.

The manual is the same affair that came with the 400W fanless model.

The power supply itself comes with yet another sash around it. This one, however, doesn't tell you to mount your fanless power supply facing up. This one reminds you that the power supply operates in fanless mode to a point, just in case you should get a look at the lack of fannage and worry that the unit is broken somehow.

Here's the power supply without the sash. It's that same gold on matte black finish we've seen on other X series models.

You will recall that the back panel of the 400W fanless job had a big grille on the back and a fair few less modular cable connectors. This unit gets rid of the big grille and gives us one extra PCI-E cable connector as well as two more peripheral cable connectors.

But no compromises were made with this grille, because it's the important one. This is where the fan pushes the air to the outside of the case.

Well, would you look at that. Dual mounting holes, just like the fanless unit. You can indeed mount this unit either way.

Here's a good look at that spoony fan now. No, it's not a picture of me, Lynx users, even though I am a fan of the Spoony one. Wait... it's 2010 and someone's still using Lynx? You poor, poor soul.

Here's the side of the unit for you. Go for gold.

As was the case with the other X series units, this puppy uses the VRM approach for the minor rails. That's how come Seasonic can get away with that big 552W 12V rail on a unit rated at 560W total power. In order to test that claim, I'm going to have to run a no load condition on the minor rails during load testing. We'll see how that goes later.

Seasonic X-560

+3.3V +5V
-12V +5VSB
25A 25A 46A 0.5A 2.5A
Max Power 125W 552W 6W 12.5W

Here's the side of the unit with all the modular connectors on it. Again, we are reminded that the fan only comes on when it's needed.

The modular cables. That silo in the background is actually the bag for the modular cables, in its folded up state.

Type of connector: Seasonic X-560
Modular Cables
ATX connector (590mm) 20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (650mm) 1
6+2 pin PCIe (600mm) 2
5.25" Drive (550mm+150mm+150mm) 3
5.25" Drive (350mm+150mm) 2
5.25" Drive to Dual 3.5" Drive Adapter (+150mm) 1
SATA (545mm+150mm+150mm) 6
SATA (350mm+150mm) 2
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm


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