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XClio "Goodpower" 500-watt PSU Review

By: Mike Wright | Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 25, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: XClio

Final Thoughts


After everything is said and done, the XClio shows itself to be a true performer. With a majority of modern systems, especially for those utilizing PCI-E graphics, 480 watts has become the absolute minimum recommended power supply rating. Most will recommend 500 watts or more for those setting up a power system. The XClio Goodpower unit tested today falls well within this guideline and the numbers give every indication that it will handle your power needs with ease.


But I'm still a bit concerned with the small number of Molex connectors available. Add to this the fact that you lose two of these valuable connections if you need a second PCI-E device and you'll be finding yourself hitting up the local geek shop for a fistful of splitters. This power supply cranks out plenty of juice along every single voltage rail so I can't see any reason for this limitation.


Another consideration is the 24-pin primary power coupler. This model does not come with a 24-pin to 20-pin adapter so those with older motherboards will need to have one handy. Given this modern power hook-up, it amazes me even more that there isn't more Molex connectors. XClio is obviously planning on selling to those looking at modern boards; why not fulfill the needs of this customer base?


As far as price is concerned, you will find this model of power supply available for as little as $70US. At this price it falls towards the bottom of 500-watt models when compared with those with dual 12v power rails. So we're getting a good value for a high amount of power output. This can mean a lot when purchasing a power supply. While this component isn't nearly as overlooked as it used to be, a good price is still a strong selling point.


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Bottom line... For those looking for a good deal on a 500-watt power supply, this one certainly deserves a good deal of your attention. If you're looking for something that is going to power an enthusiast rig with multiple components, however, make certain you have a store handy that sells Molex splitters.


- Pros


Very stable power levels along all voltage rails


Power LED on back of unit


120mm cooling fan


Reasonably priced


- Cons


Only 5 Molex connectors


2nd PCI-E adapter takes 2 of these connectors


Rating 8 out of 10


Update:After this article was posted, I was informed of a feature that I missed during the testing phase. This omission will be addressed here so there will be no mistakes about the features of this power supply.


The missing feature has to do with the 24-pin main power connector. As I stated earlier, this PSU has all the makings of being an enthusiast oriented device, and to keep compatibility at a maximum, XClio has a rather unique power coupler. I can show you better than tell about it, so this is what I'm aiming at:



The 24-pin main power connection actually functions in a 20-pin capacity as well. The 4-pin addition can be easily snapped away to provide proper compatibility with motherboards that have not changed over to the new standard yet.


I have changed the rating as well as the above Pro's and Con's to reflect this connection and I apologize for any confusion it may have caused.


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