XPG Core Reactor II 1200W PSU Review – Platinum > Gold

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The weird thing about this product is that it is Platinum rated on the Cybenetics scheme. Yet, XPG downgraded it to Gold.

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The PSU has compact dimensions and a non-restrictive fan grille, which provides a nice airflow boost. If only the exhaust grille didn’t use the typical honeycomb design but had larger perforations, allowing the air to be extracted more easily from the internals. Around the back, the modular panel has eleven sockets, with one of them for the 12VHPWR cable. My sample had a 12VHPWR socket, but I expect it to be soon replaced by a 12V-2×6.


Modular Cables
Description Cable Count Connector Count (Total) Gauge In Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (640mm) 1 1 16-20AWG No
4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm) 2 2 16AWG No
6+2 pin PCIe (650mm+150mm) 3 6 16-18AWG No
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm) 1 2 16AWG No
12+4 pin PCIe (650mm) (600W) 1 1 16-24AWG No
SATA (500mm+150mm+150mm) / 4-pin Molex (+150mm) 3 9 / 3 18AWG No
AC Power Cord (1410mm) – C13 coupler 1 1 14AWG

XPG provides plenty of connectors, which are installed on long cables. The single 12VHPWR cable is set to 600W max power output, meeting the ATX spec’s requirements. I usually see 600W set 12VHPWR cables on 1000W or lower capacity units, but this is not aligned with what the ATX spec v3.x instructs. PSUs with 1000W max power should have 12VHPWR cables set at 450W max, while 750W and 850W units are restricted to 300W.

The number of peripheral connectors is enough to support most systems, although an additional 4-pin Molex would be welcome. Moreover, the distance between the peripheral connectors is adequate. Lastly, it is good to see thicker gauges used on the ATX, EPS, and PCIe cables for lower voltage drops.

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