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XFX TS650 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review



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Introduction & Packaging


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XFX’s PRO Series of power supplies have become very popular among system builders and enthusiasts thanks to their solid quality and competitive pricing, however, the majority of the XFX PRO series of power supplies are only based on 80 Plus Bronze rated Seasonic platforms. With the TS series XFX is ramping up the quality from Bronze to Gold rated platforms that promise to offer better efficiency and higher quality power deliver.

As you’ll find with many mainstream power supplies, there is a fully wired design which serves the purpose of keeping costs down but also of eeking out every last drop of efficiency since fully wired PSUs tend to have greater efficiency than modular ones. Yet the efficiency of this PSU is still fairly high-end so XFX have offered some cables to match that: all of the cables are fully black except the motherboard 24 pin but that also has decent sleeving. Like all XFX power supplies the XFX TS 650 also carries with it an impressive 5 year warranty in case anything were to go wrong, but given the high quality components and construction associated with Seasonic OEM designs like this one we are expecting a very good power supply, so let’s see exactly how it performs in today’s review.

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Packaging and Contents

The XFX TS 650 comes in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen for a PSU of this wattage and quality, and this of course helps XFX keep costs down.

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The back details XFX’s usual features such as their True Wattage Guarantee.XFX TS 650] (2)

The accessory pack is basic: a user manual, some screws and a power cable are all included.

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  • ziplock9000

    Under 320w load this PSU is very noisy. Why should it be in the 80%-100% region when it’s at just less than 50% of it’s rating?

    • Okc Dave

      Why is because the typical system with peaks that high, will have idle/average wattage at less than 50%. Granted I’m only idealizing, practically speaking we know the efficiency is going down.

      • ziplock9000

        I just got an EVGA SuperNOVA G2 and it’s like night and day. I went from a computer that sounded like a hovercraft to one that has a completely silent PSU. XFX TS is a horrible PSU for noise.

        • Okc Dave

          Maybe your specimen has a bad fan or it’s doing what it’s supposed to, increasing fan speed with heat because the case isn’t ventilated enough. Mine is quieter than the CPU or video card fans. I can only hear it if I drag it out from under the desk and put my head behind the case.

          Then again, quiet by itself seems nice but isn’t always better. PSU temperature quite directly relates to its lifespan. The top three reasons for PSU failure, which are 1) Capacitor venting 2) Fan bearing lubrication decrease , and 3) transistor overheat/short, are all heat sensitive components.

          • ziplock9000

            I had two of them and they both did it. The case is brand new and has 5 case fans. Even when the PSU was external from the case it was loud.
            The G2 is completely silent.
            Night and Day.
            Will never go anywhere near XFX PSU’s again.

          • Okc Dave

            Then it’s good you have choices, but mine is still quiet so something is strange. Wait. You don’t have those 5 case fans, most of them, exhausting do you? That’s going to reduce airflow through the PSU, and frankly, it’s a terrible design. No case needs 5 fans. Any more than two is just silly, maybe 3 if a high powered gaming system and all intakes have low micron filter panels that reduce airflow but I have such panels on mine and still only need two.

            Anyway, if all these PSU were tried in what is still considered a new case, then you haven’t a long enough usage period to know yet if the quieter PSU will have good lifespan. I consider any PSU that runs for less than 8 years to be junk, but then if one had a noisy fan I wouldn’t even bother to replace the PSU, would just put a good dual ball bearing fan in instead as it’s not worth the time to pull it out of a system, hassle to ship one back and buy another then install and test again. A fan swap takes 5 minutes, 10 if a different connector needs to be put on.

          • ziplock9000

            My case is under positive pressure. Question, when you say yours is silent.. under what load (in watts)?

          • Okc Dave

            Don’t know, haven’t measured since the last video card and CPU upgrade (don’t care).

          • ziplock9000

            The reason I’m asking is that if it’s quiet for you under very little load, it’s not really demonstrating anything useful.

            Mine was audible but quiet at idle (56w).. started to become annoying at 180w.. and became really loud when gaming at 280w-320w which is half of it’s capacity.

            What CPU and GPU are you using?

          • Okc Dave

            Oh, well I know it was operating past 250W during gaming and was still inaudible under the desk.

          • ziplock9000

            Is yours the gold version (shown in this article ) or the bronze version (shown in this link):
            http://cdn.agilitycms.com/xfx/MediaGroupings/291/1400789332650ts-4.jpg

            Apart from having different efficiency ratings, they are physically different around the fan. Notably the gray plastic around the fan in the bronze version.

    • Okc Dave

      Why is because the typical system with peaks that high, will have idle/average wattage at less than 50%. Granted I’m only idealizing, practically speaking we know the efficiency is going down.