XFX XTR Series 650 W Review 9

XFX XTR Series 650 W Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The XFX XTR-650 retails for $109.99.
  • Delivered full power at 46°C
  • Tight voltage regulation
  • Good-enough ripple suppression
  • Efficient
  • Selectable hybrid fan operation
  • High quality FDB fan
  • Five year warranty
  • Japanese electrolytic caps
  • Four PCIe and two EPS connectors are available at the same time
  • The fan is noisy at high loads
  • The hybrid-fan-mode switch should be at the front to make it readily accessible
The fresh XFX XTR-650 is based on the same platform as Seasonic's G and S12G units. A budget friendly platform of high quality, its performance in the tests I conducted is pretty good considering its price and category. And while it performs well and is reliable, its fully modular cabling design will also make it a breeze to install. Users will also appreciate the hybrid-fan-control option because it significantly reduces noise output at low loads. However, I do object to the fan-mode switch's location since it has been placed in the rear instead of the front, where it would have been readily accessible. You now have to remove the side panel to access the switch, which is annoyingly cumbersome. The fan is also noisy at high loads. I didn't spot any other negatives truly worth mentioning. This product totally satisfied me not only with its performance and feature set, but it price, which is among the lowest in its category. For a little over 100 bucks, you basically get an incredibly well-performing Gold PSU with all the bells 'n' whistles much more expensive high-end PSUs provide – a fully modular design, semi-passive operation, Japanese caps, and a very good FDB fan that will probably last forever.

The XTR-650 is a very good choice for anyone looking to spend around 100 bucks on a reliable PSU with great performance, a PSU that will keep on giving for many years to come, which its five year warranty only substantiates.
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