When I first entered this overview, I was excited to see what Fractal had up their sleeves. Knowing it's a High Point based unit, I knew it would be something good at the least. After testing the unit, I can say that without a doubt, Fractal has one hell of a power supply with the ION+ 860P. If the other units are as stout as the one we checked out today, they will be some monster supplies for the price.
When looking at what we liked about the ION+ 860P, I think we can start with the new aesthetic. Then you have the Fractal fan which stayed even at 40C no louder than other system fans and much lower than the GPU fans under load. The malleability of the cables was also a great feature as I review chassis as well and I know how much trouble stiffer cables can be to manage in a build. The Zero fan mode is excellent as on lower loads the fan sits idle with no movement at all and only kicks on when needed. This should help with both fan life, and dust build-up as you are not cramming air into the supply with its fan most of the time.
When thinking about what I did not like about the ION+ 860P, well there's not much to dislike. If I had to pick something, it would be lack of styling on the blank slate panel which will likely be facing up in systems without a PSU shroud. This means that some sort of applique or styling there would be a very welcome addition to carrying the same aesthetic we get from the sides.
At the $129 price point as stated by Fractal, it is a killer option. The ION+ 860P is a class leader when taking pricing into account as a quick Newegg search in the 800-899W range will show that the ION+ 860P is the lowest priced platinum unit in the bunch. Let us not forget that the ION+ unit we tested today punched well above its weight class for a significant burn-in with no ill effects observed. Fractal design made one kickass power supply with the ION+, and now I am excited to see if they refresh their SFX options.
The Bottom Line
Fractal Design made a very nice PSU in the Ion+ 860P with a great cabling solution. Partnering with High Power was obviously a great choice as the Ion+ 860P delivered on its advertised wattage and then some.