Package Contents, Fan, and Power Rating

The contents of the package are not very generous this time. Besides a relatively short user manual, two different power cords, and some screws, XFX delivered the modular cables without any bag or cable ties. Of course the electronics is much more important, but customers should get more for the high price. Features of the product include the 80 Plus Platinum certificate, a 5-year warranty, the "EasyRail Technology" (single +12V output) and the "SolidLink Technology". The last item is a nearly wireless connection to the modular PCB. In addition XFX says that this PSU is ready for the most pretentious gamer PCs with CrossFire certification, but that's hardly surprising given the wattage and efficiency rating.

According to the label this PSU has a single +12V output rated at 83A, which is quite a lot. Both +3.3V and +5V get fed by this output and are specified at 25A each. Those outputs can provide up to 125W, which is as high as the values we saw from Seasonic and more than sufficient for all modern PCs, though older PCs might need more power here. The +5VSB at 3A is also relatively strong.

The Protechnic MGA13512YF-025 is a good fan with a fluid dynamic bearing (FDB is a kind of long-life version of the sleeve bearing), but we'd like to see Sanyo Denki here. In this case the fan is sharp-edged and more audible than the San Ace one. XFX could get Sanyo Denki without any problems since Seasonic uses them as well. However, this version is still better than the quality Yate Loon or equivalent that other companies use. The fan is the only moving part in a PSU so it's nice to see that XFX chose a FDB.

XFX 1000W Pro Series 80Plus Platinum Appearance and Cable Configuration
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  • dqniel - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    And yes, you should edit the efficiency testing charts to say the voltage at which it was tested (115v, 230v).
  • ZekkPacus - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    They used to test with both, which I would personally like to see come back. They also used to use a proper dbA measurement for noise and not the 'subjective' measurement they now use. A bit of a shame.
  • sonci - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    so, whats next, a Seasonic PSU with the Corsair name on it?

    I wonder how fanboys will swear how good is their psu,
    they even have the same market USA, Europe, don`t know if they sell in Asia though...
  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    What's your point?

    There have always been far more PSU brands than manufacturers. Seasonic, at one time, didn't put their name on anything, they made PSUs for other companies to retail, and it was only through being mentioned in articles by sites like Anandtech and Tomshardware that end users came to know the name.

    Any company that chooses Seasonic as a manufacturer deserves credit for making a great choice, since overall there is none better or more consistent (I rank Enermax up there as well, though being very picky about the electronic results puts Seasonic slightly ahead, overall). And, there is nothing wrong with having someone manufacture something you tweak the specs of to make your own design variation, or even just add a little "bling" as is pretty much the case here.

    Just as an example, one reason I won't buy another Silverstone PSU is that you need a chart to figure out who made their particular product, and they more often choose by the manufacturing cost than by the quality of the work. Antec, on the other hand, chooses manufacturer quality over cost, generally speaking. You are more likely to find an Antec made by Seasonic than a Silverstone made by Seasonic. In fact, as far as I've read Silverstone has never used Seasonic. (Regardless of who's name is on it or who made it though, I firmly believe in buying a unit that you've read a proper review of.)

  • aranyagag - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    yes please do mention the voltage, at which you test.
  • IKeelU - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    But I don't understand why anyone would care even the slightest about how their PSU looks. I read the review and watched the video (which was almost entirely focused on the exterior design), but...I still don't get it.
  • ZekkPacus - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    Some people like to have a showy case with windows. If that's the case, an 'agressive' looking power supply such as this might appeal to them. Same reasoning behind Corsair's GS series.
  • Beenthere - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    Some folks get all excited about the exterior look of the PSU. It's strange for sure. Some reviewers actually rate the BOX that the PSU comes in. Does it have pictures of a sexy girl and a carrying HANDLE? If not they deduct points from the score... Some people are really gullible. ;)
  • dj christian - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    It's not relevant to the article but how can i keep track on my posts and the comment replies in the articles and such with my account? Must i get a forum account?

  • iamkyle - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - link

    It would be nice to see these reviews compared to other PSU's JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER REVIEW ON ANANDTECH

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