XFX XTR Series 850W PSU Review

Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise And Efficiency Ratings

Performance Rating

The following graph shows the total performance rating of the PSU, comparing it to other units we have tested in the past. To be more specific, the tested unit is shown as 100 percent, and every other unit's performance is shown relative to it.

The XFX XTR 850W comes close to be quiet!'s Platinum-rated model, which uses a high-end FSP platform and costs more. The similarly-sized Corsair CS850M stays well behind, and the RM750x follows closely. Unfortunately we don't have test data for the RM850x. However, given the 750W model's performance, we believe that it will be on par with the 850W XTR.

Performance Per Dollar

The following chart may be the most interesting to many of you because it depicts the unit's performance-per-dollar score. We looked up the current price of each PSU on popular online shops and used those prices and all relative performance numbers to calculate the index. If the specific unit wasn't available in the United States, we searched for it in popular European Union shops, converting the listed price to USD (without VAT). Note that all of the numbers in the following graph are normalized by the rated power of each PSU.  

The 850W XTR is currently available at a reasonable price, so its performance per dollar score is among the highest in the 850W category.

Noise Rating

The graph below depicts the cooling fan's average noise over the PSU's operating range, with an ambient temperature between 28 °C and 30 °C (82 °F to 86 °F).

Although you can't describe this PSU as noisy, still we believe that it isn't suitable for enthusiasts very sensitive to noise. With a more relaxed fan profile and a larger 135mm or 140mm fan, this chart would look a lot different.

Efficiency Rating

The following graph shows the 850W XTR's average efficiency throughout its operating range, with an ambient temperature between 28 °C and 30 °C.

This is a highly efficient PSU, as evidenced by the small difference between it and EVGA's Platinum-rated 850 P2.

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  • turkey3_scratch
    How come on the ripple page the 5VSB rail always stays under 15mv (except CL1) but on the crossloads page the 5VSB ripple graph is completely blue, hence greater than 30mv the entire time? Also, you have two "and"s in a row on Page 5. Anyway, what I love about Seasonic is they don't fall short in any category. This PSU excels everywhere, I guess except fan noise, of course.
  • BadActor
    Nice. Any chance you might have a look at the budget XT's?
  • turkey3_scratch
    2109598 said:
    Nice. Any chance you might have a look at the budget XT's?


    ^^ Yes please review one of these. Though he only reviews units that the companies actually send to him, so it could be they don't want the XT units to get reviewed, so it'd probably have to be bought retail.
  • apazeus
    I've had the 550w version since around October. At one point it was powering an FX-8350 and a 290X with no hiccups. (Nowadays it's paired with a 6600K and a GTX 1080, uses was less juice.) Nice PSUs.
  • Aris_Mp
    I cannot explain why ripple at 5VSB during the Crossload tests is higher than the high-temperature tests. This is strange indeed.

    As for the XTs I will try to find one.
  • gofasterstripes
    Lol XTR and XT - Someone call Shimano and tell them their electric groupset is looking a big fat!
  • Shankovich
    Excellent review. Could you guys possibly redo the Corsair HX 750i and up with the new review parameters? Really interested to see how it is in more detail now.
  • damric
    "All XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic"

    Not quite. These are built by Hydance.

    http://www.orionpsudb.com/news/the-mystery-of-xfx-budget-xt-line-solved-oem-and-platform-discovered
  • Aris_Mp
    When I state that a unit is made by Seasonic (or any other OEM) it doesn't necessary mean that it is made in its own factories. It is a common practice OEMs to outsource their products to other factories if they cannot meet demand (or in case they want a more affordable production line). However still the original design and the specs are set by the original designer.

    Many other models of various OEMs are also made in other factories but there is no safe way to know it without having info from the OEM itself.

    Finally, this specific article states about the XFX XT units: "If the available information is correct, XFX XT is designed by Seasonic, but the manufacturing is outsourced to Shenzhen Rui Sheng Yuan just like the Hydance. "

    As you can see there is an "if" at the beginning of the sentence. In any case, Seasonic is also behind the XT line. Given that this is an XTR review though, I thought it would be better to spare all above and just state that all XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic and not dive into such detail mentioning the outsourcing of XT line, for which there is no solid information.

    Given the opportunity I would like to mention the great work that Orion does and also thank him for the tip about the KM3S platform of the XTR-850 unit. I will try to find some details about the actual differences between the KM3 and KM3S platforms.
  • Math Geek
    i got REAL happy for second there thinking this was one of the budget XTFR units. been waiting for someone, anyone out there to review one so we can see how it performs. they are priced awesome and if they perform even average, they will be worth the low cost for mainstream pc's

    either way, nice review :) always solid work
  • turkey3_scratch
    1786133 said:
    i got REAL happy for second there thinking this was one of the budget XTFR units. been waiting for someone, anyone out there to review one so we can see how it performs. they are priced awesome and if they perform even average, they will be worth the low cost for mainstream pc's either way, nice review :) always solid work


    XTFR? Don't you mean just XT?
  • Math Geek
    yah sorry. title says XT but model number says XTFR http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/xfx-power-supply-p1400bxtfr,xfx-power-supply-p1500bxtfr,xfx-power-supply-p1600bxtfr/

    i tend to focus on model number since it's easier for me to keep them straight this way.
  • turkey3_scratch
    1786133 said:
    yah sorry. title says XT but model number says XTFR http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/xfx-power-supply-p1400bxtfr,xfx-power-supply-p1500bxtfr,xfx-power-supply-p1600bxtfr/ i tend to focus on model number since it's easier for me to keep them straight this way.


    I'm the other way around, model numbers are too hard for me to remember off the top of my head. Like if you look at EVGA';s units, nobody can remember those model numbers unless they actually study them with flash cards or have a photographic memory.