Performance (40% of the final score) - Seasonic strikes again with another magnificent performer. This unit is very nearly flawless. Efficiency passed Gold like it should have, ripple was so well controlled that not even Superman could break the ripple monster out of prison, and voltage regulation was outstanding. Still, in order to get a perfect score out of me here, I want to see 1% regulation on all three main rails in addition to all the other good stuff we saw today. The 3.3V rail just came up short of that in the hot tests. So, I'm going to have to knock half a point off. 9.5.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - there's really nothing to complain about here for me. I like the flexibility of the modular cables on this unit - if you don't need a long Molex chain, use the short one. If you want to pop off the main ATX cable to remove the unit without having to pull the right side panel off your Twelve Hundred, you can. Got a motherboard that has two EPS12V connectors? Seasonic has you covered, though you will lose a double PCI-E cable in doing that. In addition to that, the unit is well sleeved, fanless mode works as it should, and all the cable lengths are good for most cases. I'm doing a 10 here.
Value (25% of the final score) - Kyro.com currently offers this unit for $160.35. That makes this unit about a buck more expensive than the Corsair AX750 at the same place, which is based on the same platform. The older X-750 is also found there for about five bucks cheaper. Hmm... I'd say that's a good but not quite excellent value. 8.5.
Build Quality (15% of the final score) - once again, I find myself at a loss to find something to whine about. Seasonic has this section nailed down in this unit. Soldering has improved since the last time I saw one of these, build quality is impeccable, and component selection is very well done. Even the fan looks like it would survive a direct hit from a nuke. But I do have to say, I have seen soldering slightly better still than this unit has from the likes of Delta and Etasis, to name a couple. So, I'll hand out a 9.5.
Seasonic has once again released a very impressive entry into the market. In other news, water is wet, fire is hot, and my ballet days are well behind me. The X-760 is incredibly stable, insanely good at suppressing ripple and noise, and very efficient. This new product revision of the old X-750 is a worthy update indeed to the X-Series units.
insanely good ripple suppression
top notch voltage regulation
managed Gold efficiency in the hot box
goes fanless at low loads
lots of extra goodies in the box
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