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Old 09-14-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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"XFX, the traditional video card manufacturer, is now entering the power supply arena. Their first release is a high-end 850 W power supply manufactured by Seasonic and based on their award-winning M12..."

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Old 09-14-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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I can't understand why this and other PSUs come with both one EPS cable and one 12V ATX cable (the latter even with two connectors here). And that in the fixed cables on a modular board!

How many regular consumer motherboards require the use of more than one of these connectors in the first place? (I can understand if a two CPU server board requires it, but those are rare in the target group.)
As it is now that's at least one redundant fixed cable that has to be tucked away and never used.

I think the perfect combination is to have one fixed cable with two 12V ATX connectors, and then another modular EPS cable available as an option to the modular 6/8-pin PCIe cables. (Servers with two CPUs are not likely to also use two very high end graphics cards.)

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Old 09-21-2009, 10:13 AM   #3
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XFX's video cards are a pain in the butt for me because they seem to have a higher failure rate than competing brands, and their RMA service is a PITA, but this looks like a great PSU. SeaSonic is one of my preferred PSU manufacturers, and the M12D series is excellent. I especially like that it's cheaper than the original SeaSonic at retail! Only thing is, why get this for $210 when you can get a Corsair HX850W with modular cables and up to 92% efficiency for $200?
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XFX's video cards are a pain in the butt for me because they seem to have a higher failure rate than competing brands, ...
That's strange. A French survey some year ago showed XFX to be no worse than average wrt failure rates.
Another factor to consider is that XFX almost exclusively deliver cars that are factory overclocked, which should provide a slightly lower life expectancy.
Personally I have a XFX GF7800GT that's been in use for a couple of years now, and it's still going strong.

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How many regular consumer motherboards require the use of more than one of these connectors in the first place? (I can understand if a two CPU server board requires it, but those are rare in the target group.)
The objective of two EPS12V cables is to allow the installation of motherboards with two CPU sockets. There are only a few very high-end boards with this feature targeted to the extreme enthusiast, like Intel Skulltrail:

http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...s-overview.htm

It is important to notice that this power supply is not targeted to servers, where two CPU sockets has obvious benefits, because servers usually use rack-style cases that require a totally different kind of power supply.

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The objective of two EPS12V cables is to allow the installation of motherboards with two CPU sockets. There are only a few very high-end boards with this feature targeted to the extreme enthusiast, like Intel Skulltrail: ...
Exactly my point! Those extremely few buyers of this PSU (and others like it) that happen to have a dual CPU motherboard should have a modular EPS-cable provided, so that the vast majority of users won't be troubled with that fixed spare cable.

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OlleP,

I agree with you. A better idea would be having this second cable available on the modular cabling system instead of permanently attached to the unit.

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I really like how hi-res pics are accessible for readers on this site. Viewing the pics for this PSU, I never thought I'd use the word "sexy" and to describe a PSU, but this is really sexy!
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