XFX ProSeries 1000W Power Supply Review
XFX has a tremendously impressive track record here at HardOCP when it comes to enthusiast class PSUs. To date, four XFX PSU reviews, three Gold and one Silver Editor’s Choice Awards. Its new 1KW ProSeries PSU features no wires! No not like that, but rather on the inside. Let’s see if SolidLink Technology is award worthy.
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 an AIB partner of AMD based video cards. With PINE's worldwide distribution network, XFX could be poised to become one of the next big brands in the consumer power supply market. Indeed, its initial Black Edition power supplies made a significant splash and today XFX is back with a power supply that is sure to make one as well. Today, we are looking at the ProSeries 1000W (P1-1000-BELX) power supply which is once more produced in conjunction with Seasonic.
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.
Second Verse, Same as the First?
The XFX ProSeries 1000W is the 5th power supply we have seen from XFX and the second 1000W or larger unit we have seen from XFX’s ProSeries. The last unit from this series we reviewed was the recent ProSeries 1250W and that was an outstanding unit. Given that, and the fact that these two units share common lineage, we have great expectations, almost "Dickinsonian" expectations if you will, for this unit. However, as of late we have seen a good number of new flagship 1000W products from a number of different brands and, so far, these units have all been excellent so the ProSeries 1000W is certainly going to have its work cut out for it today. Before moving on though, let’s see what XFX has to say about this unit:
XFX ProSeries exclusive SolidLinkTM Technology replaces wires - which cause wattage loss - with direct pin connections. The result is a extremely efficient high-power PSU. Also, with EasyRailTM Technology, you get one single rail for maximum power and easy set-up.
With the same lack of informational marketing substance we saw with the XFX ProSeries 1250W, let’s move on and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the XFX ProSeries 1000W power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.