We would like to thank Fractal Design for supplying the review sample.
Fractal Design is mostly known for their superb chassis line-up, but they have put a lot of effort into the PSU market as of late by introducing three new series: the Newton 3, Tesla R2, and Integra R2 (in order from high-end to mainstream). Since we are still waiting for their higher-end models to hit our lab, we will evaluate the strongest member of the budget Integra R2 series. It has a capacity of 750 W, which will likely make it interesting to a great portion of users.
All Integra R2 units feature Bronze efficiency, don’t carry any modular cables, and their dimensions are very compact with a depth of 140 mm - the standard is 160 mm. This makes them ideal for extra small chassis that cannot accommodate standard-sized PSUs. The Integra R2 line currently includes three members of 500 W, 650 W, and 750 W capacity. All of them do, according to Fractal Design, use Taiwanese capacitors. They may not be as good as Japanese caps, but they are surely better than Chinese caps.
A non-modular PSU will probably be a turn-off to a lot of users now-a-days, but a modular cabling design adds a significant burden to a PSU's overall production cost and most companies pick to cut out a modular design before anything else to reduce costs. To be frank, we are not a great supporter of non-modular PSUs, but we do prefer the lack of modular cables instead of a cut in component quality that would inevitably lead to a lower performance and decreased reliability.