I can tell you, when I first thought about an external PSU, I found the idea a little odd. Let me tell you now, I've become a believer. No, I don't think that every PC could benefit from an external PSU, but I don't think I could have found a better solution for my HTPC.
One interesting fact, though, is when I sat down and did the math to see if 600w was an accurate number, or if MGE just rounded up, I was surprised at what I found. Going from the voltages and amps listed on the PSU label, this PSU actually puts out 650w of power. I was expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 590, and was pleasantly surprised.
As always, here are the Pros and Cons of this unit:
Excellent Power (650w)
Very small power fluctuations (still stayed above specs)
External design reduces heat in case
LCD to show temp, voltage, and wattage
2 PCI-e power connectors, SLI Ready
Only 2 SATA power connections. RAID users need splitter cables.
Pricey (approx $200 at the time of this writing)
To be honest, this PSU is awesome. Yeah, it could have used a few more SATA connections, but you can always use splitters. And as for the price, I'm a huge believer of the old saying, "you get what you pay for." This being the case, I simply must give this awesome PSU a 10 out of 10, and the coveted Dev Hardware Platinum award.
I'd like to thank MGE for sending us the XG Magnum External 600w PSU to review. As always, if you have any further questions about this PSU, you can visit MGE's website at http://www.xgbox.com/.
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