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Enermax Triathlor FC 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Review - Cabling Arrangement and A Look Inside

Enermax Triathlor FC 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Review

Enermax's new Triathlor FC 650W has a decent set of features and performs relatively well, but the price point seems a bit askew for what you get.

| 80 PLUS Bronze PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6:19 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%      Manufacturer: Enermax

Cabling Arrangement

 

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Enermax does a good job of making sure that you've got the connectors you need with the Triathlor FC 650W. Only the 20+4 pin and ATX 4+4 pin cables are natively wired which you are guaranteed to need. The rest are modular and my only complaint is in the dual PCI-E cables. Instead of the two connectors being daisy chained off of each other, they both come off the same modular connector for 20 inches.

 

This is nice for high-end setups where you are pulling lots of Amps across many GPUs, but in a lower end power supply this just isn't necessary. In the case of a power supply like this and, for example, someone utilizes the new GTX 650 Ti that only requires a single PCI-E connector, the end user is still left with cable clutter in their case that they can't get rid of.

 

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Enermax makes load balancing simple and easy with the Triathlor FC 650W power supply. As you can see, it is virtually impossible to unbalance the unit as the Main and ATX 4+4 connectors are on separate rails and each PCI-E connector shares its load across both rails. The only way to put more load on one rail than the other is in the form of peripheral connectors and you would be hard pressed to overload one rail with a few extra hard drives on this unit.

 

 

A Look Inside

 

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Inside we find plenty of passive cooling going on to help remove heat from the unit while still keeping a clean design so that fresh air can penetrate all the way down to the PCB.

 

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A single Panasonic capacitor sits on the primary side of the power supply.

 

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The secondary side of the power supply features many Nippon Chemi-Con caps.

 

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Enermax utilizes their own ED122512S-DD fan to provide active cooling for the Triathlor FC 650W unit. Here you can also see the Batwing Blades they spoke about on the back of the box.

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