Performance (40% of the final score) - we are now on page nine, and I'm very much ready for some scoring. This isn't going to be hard at all. The XFX Pro 650W unit is an outstanding performer. Voltage regulation was excellent. Ripple suppression was excellent. Efficiency came down within 80 Plus Bronze requirements. The unit did full power in the hot box like a good little power supply. There really isn't anything to harp on with this unit. But, since I have met units that did better, I'm going to drop a 9.5 here instead of a perfect score.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - while this unit doesn't have modular cables like I would personally prefer, I really can't hold that fact against it. Especially when the connector count is more than ample for a 650W unit. Where I do have to get strict is with the packaging. Normally, I don't come down on a unit because of questionable packaging. But with this unit, I have to step up and put on my sour face. First, the box has way too much marketing hype on it. Finding the good information on it, like the load table, became a chore amongst all the "this is why you should go single 12V" hoopla. It's all just a little too over the top for me. But even that I can forgive. What I can't let pass is the empty space in the box both above and below a unit that's just tossed in there with not so much as a bag over it. Power supplies rattling around loose in their boxes is just asking for a high RMA rate. This needs addressing. That said, I'm going to be gentle on the scoring and only take one point off in this section. I think I've sufficiently made my point on both of these issues by now. But then there's that big plastic piece on the front of the unit that adds length and is only there to look pretty. I'll pull a half point for that, too. 8.5.
Value (30% of the final score) - $99.99 at Newegg, is what I'm finding for this unit as I type this. That's... actually a little expensive when you consider that the Antec Earthwatts 650W is $20 cheaper. But the Antec is an older design, so let's look at another one. Hmm... let's see... the XFX XXX edition 650W is five bucks cheaper. That one is modular. You know, I think this price is going to have to slide a little. I'll cut it some slack, because this unit is new to the market as of, like, this week; but it's got a way to go before it becomes that value leader XFX is looking for. 8.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - this unit is a great looking unit, even more so than those past green fanned XFX units. It's not the best looking thing I ever saw in all my born days, but I wouldn't kick it out of my Twelve Hundred for being ugly. 8.5.
Despite going more than a little over the top on the marketing on the box, XFX has a fantastic performer here. This bad boy is stable as can be, reasonably efficient, very clean at the outputs, and the price is already not half bad for one of these. There are a few things I think could use improvement, mostly involving the product packaging, but all told I really have no major complaints that should stop you from buying one. Good job so far, XFX.
extremely stable 12V regulation
ripple well under control
passed 80 Plus Bronze in the hot box
lots of connectors
the box doesn't do a lot to protect the unit in shipping
the marketing, the marketing, the everlasting unending marketing
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