The ADATA XPG Cybercore 1300W PSU Review: Advanced From the Startby E. Fylladitakis on March 10, 2022 8:00 AM EST
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- 80Plus Platinum
ADATA is an established manufacturer of PC components and peripherals. The company was founded in Taiwan a little over 20 years ago. The growth of the company in the last decade in particular has been rather explosive, and by 2016 ADATA was already the second largest memory-related products manufacturer in the world. With virtually no room to grow into the memory market anymore, ADATA began to diversify its product portfolio in multiple directions, ranging from PC cooling systems to electric powertrains.
One major expansion for ADATA has been to make further inroads into the PC gaming market, with the mother company founding a new brand, XPG (which stands for “Xtreme Performance Gear”). The XPG logo was initially only found on performance RAM modules, which ADATA had leagues of experience on. Nowadays, ADATA is greatly broadening the products bearing the XPG logo by releasing gaming peripherals, coolers, and even power supply units.
In today’s review, we are taking a look at XPG's Cybercore PSU, the latest and best PSU range that ADATA added into their products lineup. Th Cybercore PSU that we are reviewing today boasts an impressive maximum output of 1300 Watts and is 80Plus Platinum certified. We will be seeing if any of its features and/or performance can give it an edge over the broad competition it faces in the market.
|Power specifications ( Rated @ 50 °C )|
|AC INPUT||100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz|
Packaging and Bundle
We received the XPG Cybercore 1300W PSU in a fairly large and sturdy cardboard box. The design of the box is very simple but its striking red color has it standing out from afar. Only the most basic of product information is printed on the front of the box, but plenty of details can be found on the sides and rear.
Inside the box, we found a relatively frugal bundle for a PSU of this tier. XPG supplies the basic AC power cable, a few cable ties, four mounting screws, a card full of stickers, and a manual. There are no extras to be found, whereas we usually prefer to see a few cable straps accompanying units with so many cables and intended to power many devices.
The XPG Cybercore 1300W PSU is a fully modular design, allowing for the removal of every DC power cable, including the 24-pin ATX cable. All of the cables are black, with matching black connectors. The ATX, EPS, and PCI Express cables are also sleeved, while the SATA and Molex connector cables are bare. We also found not one but two floppy disk power adapters inside the packaging, a very odd thing for such a product in 2022. What is even more peculiar is that XPG only includes two floppy disk adapters with the 1300W version of the unit; the 1000W version, meanwhile, comes with a single floppy adapter.
|ADATA XPG Cybercore|
|ATX 24 Pin||-||1|
|EPS 4+4 Pin||-||2|
|EPS 8 Pin||-||-|
|PCI-E 6+2 Pin||-||10|
|PCI-E 8 Pin||-||-|
The ADATA XPG Cybercore 1300W PSU
The Cybercore 1300W PSU is not particularly impressive visually, with XPG opting for a relatively simple design that is based on fundamental geometric shapes. Despite its very high-power output, the chassis of the XPG Cybercore 1300W is just 160 mm long, only a bit longer than that of a fully ATX compatible unit. The depth of the chassis greatly increases the compatibility of the Cybercore PSU, allowing it to be the heart of very powerful (but still compact) builds.
On the sides of the unit, a hexagon sticker with the series name lies between two embossed triangles. The designer tried to merge function with aesthetics here, as a closer inspection reveals tiny exhaust vents across the edge of the embossed triangle, which are clearly for the targeted cooling of specific parts placed near it. The top side of the chassis is dominated by a large sticker with the unit’s electrical specifications and certifications. Most of the bottom side is granted to the 120 mm cooling fan.
A typical on/off switch can be seen at the rear side of the unit, beside the power connector. The front side of the XPG Cybercore 1300W PSU, as expected from a fully modular unit with this kind of power output, is filled with the connectors for the modular cables. The connectors are grouped, but the grouping is a little abnormal. The ATX cable splits to two connectors towards the PSU, one with ten pins and one with eighteen pins, and curiously, are stacked rather than being laid out in the same row. Coupled with the fact that the latches are on opposite sides – one up, one down – this causes the ATX cable to twist towards its end and leads to a little bit of visual dissonance.
As advertised, XPG is using a fan made by Nidec to cover the cooling needs of the Cybercore PSU. The designer was forced to go with a 120 mm fan here because Nidec’s 140 mm fan would not fit. These dual-ball bearing engine fans are designed with long-term reliability in mind, with XPG advertising that they can last up to 60.000 hours at 60°C, which is a very impressive figure. This particular model has a maximum speed of 2150 RPM, which is a high rotational speed for a 120 mm fan, but it should not be reaching that speed under normal operating conditions.
The platform that the Cybercore PSU series is based on is brand new. It is a design by CWT (Channel Well Technologies) and seems to be an advanced, more compact version of the now aged CST platform. It is a hybrid platform, with digital control of critical operations but also analog controllers present.
The filtering stage is typical for units with that kind a power output. It comprises a total of six Y capacitors, two X capacitors, and two filtering inductors leading to a dual input rectifying bridge configuration. The bridges are placed on their own heatsink, which has plenty of surface area. The two massive 400V/680μF APFC capacitors are made by Nippon Chemi-Con, followed by two large filtering coils. The active APFC components are on a long heatsink right between the capacitors and the inductors.
Four transistors form a full-bridge inversion topology at the primary side of the unit. The large transformer output is connected to a vertical PCB with eight Infineon OptiMOS power MOSFETs (016N06NS) that generate the 12V rail. The 3.3V and 5V lines are being generated via the DC-to-DC conversion circuits found on a separate vertical PCB right next to the PCB housing the converters. Multiple shielded copper strips can be seen around the PSU, providing both electrical and electromagnetic isolation between the high frequency components. Rubycon, and Nippon Chemi-Con supply the electrolytic capacitors, while FPCAP and United Chemi-Con supply all of the polymer capacitors.
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shabby - Friday, March 11, 2022 - linkCan those 2/3 slot heatsinks really dissipate that much heat?
Wereweeb - Friday, March 11, 2022 - linkWater cooling will pretty much have to become the standard for flagship GPU's, even with GAA coming after 2025 (And might still take a while to reach consumer GPU's).
at_clucks - Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - linkThe General Appropriations Act? What does the Gaelic Athletic Association have to do with GPUs? The Georgia Alternate Assessment can't help at all here.
But seriously, AMD was apparently eying Samsung's 3nm GAA for Zen5. Then again being Samsung I'm sure they probably squeeze less from GAA than TSMC is from FinFET. And I doubt that GPUs will see that anytime soon.
Einy0 - Friday, March 11, 2022 - linkIf you crash from a 500 Watt transient spike and you have a normal desktop CPU with a 750 Watt or more power supply. You probably have a crappy or defective power supply.
meacupla - Saturday, March 12, 2022 - linkor maybe, just maybe, nvidia is incapable of designing good power regulation circuitry
inighthawki - Saturday, March 12, 2022 - linkI had a 750W PSU with a 3090 and a 5950 and it would regularly (once every few days) trigger the overcurrent protection and turn off. It was one of the best seasonic PSUs money can buy. I saw other instances of people with the same problem.
The 3090 is known to hit transient spikes up to 600W, and when you couple in 100+W for the CPU, then MB, RAM, hard drives, etc. You can *trivially* go well beyond 750W.
Rοb - Sunday, March 13, 2022 - linkIf you look at the efficiency ratings at 50% a Platinum will get you 92% and Titanium 94% at 50% load: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus
The 2% difference translates into $2 per year for each hundred spent on electricity - so if you have a 10 year warranty (like on most Titanium rated supplies) you can probably afford to pay an extra $40 to move up a grade, and to overprovision a couple of hundred watts. It's likely that $40 won't quite cover the difference between the two power supplies but the doubling of warranty and lack of need to upgrade in the future can be worth the extra cost.
You could also just buy your power supply from the well known company that supplies components to most of the OEMs, certain models are priced very much lower than other brands; just a matter of taking the time to compare.
Byte - Sunday, March 13, 2022 - linkPeople also cannot imaging needing something like a 3090 that is $1500 retail. But we have it. And they sell like hotcakes. They have some crazy transient loads and 4090 might turn into an insane doozy with DOUBLE the Cudas!!!
Oxford Guy - Sunday, March 13, 2022 - linkWhen will we stop seeing irrational designs like this PSU?
The reviewer heaps praise upon a design that is suitable only if one cannot hear. Stuffing so many watts into a small box is foolish. Reliability is meaningless if you get tinnitus and noise pollution.
DanNeely - Monday, March 14, 2022 - linkProbably not until the first GPUs start shipping with them.