XFX to enter power supply market with bright green 850w model

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2009 - 06:20 PM |

It's not that often that news of a new power supply really makes us perk up our ears, but a whole new entrant into the market will do that.  It would seem that XFX, once known as simply an NVIDIA card partner, is looking to expand its product line outside of even AMD Radeon graphics

We happened to find a presentation in our inbox a few minutes ago that clearly shows XFX is serious about getting into the enthusiast, high-end power supply business. 


Looks straight out of Transformers...

Besides being bright-friggin-green, the PSU looks to pack some punch with its good looks:

  • 850 watts rated at 50C degrees
  • Single 12V rail rated up to 70A/840W
  • Detachable modular cables

  • Up to 88% efficiency (80 Plus Silver rated)
  • Voltage regulation to within +/-3%

The upcoming XFX 850 Black Edition power supply will apparently include 105C Japanese capacitors, solid polymer capacitors, a 135mm ball bearing fan that should be relatively quiet and will support both SLI and CrossFire as you would expect from a company known for GPUs.  The single 12V rail will supply all the power to the unit and it will use a DC-to-DC regulator for 3.3V and 5V connections. 

The fixed cables include the primary 24-pin ATX connector and 12V 4/8-pin ATX connector along with the EPS12V 8-pin connection and two 6/8-pin PCI Express power cords.  The modular cables include two additional PCIe 6/8-pin connectors, 11 SATA power connections, 8 4-pin Molex connections and 2 legacy FDD connections.  Sounds like it should be enough for just about ANY system configuration.

I think that most readers will find the looks on the PSU to be inviting - it has the bright green to make sure you know it's an enthusiast offering but the gun-metal grey mutes it enough to fit in with just about any case design.  Hopefully in person the power supply will continue to impress.

We don't have details on the release date or price yet, but since this bit of PowerPoint found its way to us right around Computex, it would makes sense that XFX would launch the product at the show.  No word on which ODM XFX is using either, but we'll be sure to get more details while in Taiwan next week. 

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