Yes, folks, we're about to take a look at another EVGA unit. This time, it's the Super Flower based counterpart to the 650GS we looked at not long ago. Why does EVGA have so many overlapping products, you ask? Well, I strongly suspect it's a supply and demand type of thing. When your demand outstrips your supply of these here power supply thingers, you have to add another supplier.
In this case, EVGA started out with a most awesome partnership with Super Flower to bring their Leadex platform to North America. But there's a problem... Super Flower is not a terribly big company. As awesome as those units were, I have no trouble believing that they're having some issues getting enough of them cranked out to meet EVGA's needs. What to do? Why, you open up another supply line to Seasonic, and offer a line of units based on their stuff, too. Between the two of them, EVGA would have more than enough product to keep us consumers happy, while at the same time not compromising much on performance. Yes, the GS line is geared more toward silence, but knowing these platforms as well as I do I'm really not convinced silence is a key factor in EVGA's decision to add Seasonic as a supplier at all. Lately, Seasonic's designs tend to spin the fans up sooner than Super Flower's, thereby making them less silent. At least up to a point.
But enough rambling. Let's see how this unit stacks up against the 650 GS, shall we?
There's some marketing on the back of the box, naturally. Fully modular. Japanese capacitors. Protection circuits. All the stuff you'd expect to see in a G2 unit these days is here, and it's all looking a lot like the GS unit. Right down to the nearly identical specifications.
Like I said, either EVGA is competing with itself between the GS and G2 lines, or there's not enough supply from either OEM by itself. Both models even have that switchable semi-fanless mode, though I reckon we'll find out the Seasonic model turns its fan on sooner. That said, the fans are different, so that could make some difference in noise, even if the GS fan comes on sooner. This unit has a standard ball bearing unit, while the GS has that fancy TNB bearing unit.
I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on the box today, so we'll just unpack it now. Good to see EVGA is still using lots of padding for the units in their boxes, even in their smaller boxes.
We have one power supply, some modular cables, a cable bag, a user guide, a self test adapter, a power cord, some screws, and some cable ties.
The user guide is rather decent, even though it contains yet more marketing. I mean, really... if we can see this, we've already bought the unit. No need to sell it all over again.
A closer shot of the cable ties, screws, and self test adapter; which plugs onto the end of the ATX cable and shorts the PS_ON wire to ground for you, turning on the power supply without a motherboard.
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