XFX Core Series 650W and 750W
The XFX Core series of power supplies deliver some bold aesthetics, as well as great performance and should fill almost anyone’s criteria for a power supply. From a functional stand point these units are more than capable of powering most rigs even in Crossfire or SLI. The biggest attribute that this series has is the single large +12V rail which eliminates load balancing compared to power supplies that have multiple 12v rails and any issues that may or may not occur with such a setup. Obviously if you’re going to be running multiple graphics cards and a highly overclocked processor then you may want to go for a Core unit with larger wattage from XFX, as it is likely a wise investment to keep your equipment safe.
Aesthetically speaking, the Core Edition Power supplies share the same look across the board and depending on your own tastes you may or may not like what XFX has here with this series. Personally I like the looks of these units, and if I could change just one thing it would be just to paint the fan shroud where you can see it in the cutout of the body, in order to really set off the styling perfectly. Other than that minor subjective comment, XFX has done a great job in this respect.
The 650W comes at a cost of $90 US and the 750W at $110 at the time this review was written. That is a cost of 14 cents per watt for each unit. That’s a fair price considering you get a very capable power supply and a 5 year warranty.
If you are in the market for a mainstream power supply that delivers on all fronts then the XFX Core Edition units should make it to your shortlist for consideration.