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XFX Black Edition 850W Power Supply Review

XFX jumps into the PSU market at the 850 watt mark which has proven to be the toughest watermark for many manufacturers when it comes to building a truly outstanding power supply. We have seen many fail here. Can XFX pull it off and continue to diversify its product lines while keeping the trust of the enthusiast?

Introduction

XFX is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited (along with Samtack) which was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Hong Kong. The XFX division is a leading AIB partner of NVIDIA based video cards and motherboards. Recently however, XFX has taken to expanding their product portfolio to include ATI based video solutions and now computer power supplies. With PINE's worldwide distribution network, XFX could be poised to become one of the next big brands in the consumer power supply market. Today's Black Edition 850W (P1-850B-CAG9) is produced in conjunction with none other than Seasonic who was responsible for helping Corsair launch their first highly successful line of power supplies.

Seasonic is one of the older companies producing consumer power supplies having been founded in 1975 and entering the PC power supply production market in 1980. During that more than 30 years as a company Seasonic has cultivated lines of power supplies that are today some of the standard bearers for efficiency and quiet computing. This focus, and their reputation for quality, has lead to a real explosion in production as Seasonic can be found providing OEM services on various model lines for Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, and of course under its own Seasonic brand.

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Giving a Black Eye to the Competition?

The XFX Black Edition 850W is the first power supply branded by XFX and it enters a product segment that is right in the heart of where most enthusiasts look for quality gaming parts without tripping over the 1000W barrier. As such, this new comer is going to be facing some tough opposition from entrenched brands such as Antec, BFG, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, etc. Given that this unit is XFX's first foray into the world of power supplies and the market is becoming saturated after years of neglect, what can the fine folks at XFX bring to the market that sets this unit apart from the plethora of other options?

XFX Black Edition PSU

Designed specifically for the high performance gamer, the Black Edition PSU supports multiple high-end graphics cards. Offering an array of unparalleled features, and delivers exceptional performance.

Well, given that the marketing really doesn't say much of anything about this unit let's see if the unit itself can actually do something to wow us. Let’s move on now and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the XFX Black Edition 850W power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.