ADATA XPG CYBERCORE Platinum 1300W Power Supply Review

ADATA is widely respected as a manufacturer of PC components. Over the past couple of years, however, they’ve shown a definite lean towards its XPG brand when it comes to gaming or performance-focused products. A move that potentially attempts to maintain some separation between church and state by allowing the ADATA brand to remain more commonly associated with memory and storage products. With the release of their new XPG CYBERCORE, however, we certainly have a mighty power pack on our hands here, whatever it’s called! Not only does this deliver a colossal 1300 watts of power output, it also boasts an 80-Plus Platinum efficiency rating!

It is, without a doubt, and at least (for now) on paper, a very impressive and imposing power supply!

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XPG CYBERCORE Platinum 1300W

One of the key points that XPG is keen to hammer home with the CYBERCORE is that it has a Nidec collaborative cooling fan. Why is this important? Well, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure. Yes, PSUs usually need a cooling solution and in the vast majority of cases as long as a 120mm fan is used and it’s not too noisy things are usually pretty good easy to control in terms of temperatures. Granted, with the CYBERCORE series being available in both 1000 and 1300 watt variants, that’s plenty of power that will almost certainly bring some heat with it. – Does it really need such a fancy fan to keep things cool and quiet? Well, while we’ll definitely check this out in our testing, at the moment I can’t help but feel a little like Homer Simpson is being told that ‘rack and peanut‘Management is a fantastic thing to have!

Another point I need to raise is the name. CYBERCORE?… Yeah, not great in my opinion. It feels like a 90s beat-em-up or at least a world that seems too much to be cool. A factor in itself that’s a little weird given that this PSU has specs that should easily be able to justify themselves.

However, if you are currently looking for a power supply for your relatively generic gaming PC, I must tell you something important before going any further. Simply put, the XPG CYBERCORE probably isn’t. Yeah, I know, weird thing to say that at the start of a review, but it’s the truth. The XPG CYBERCORE is, for all intents and purposes, a premium power supply for enthusiasts, and if your system doesn’t even conform to these descriptive attributions, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere!

Why would that be? Well, let’s take a look at some of its main features and product specifications!

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What does ADATA say?

“The XPG CYBERCORE PLATINUM Series exemplifies XPG’s ambition and dedication to the PC enthusiast community by expanding the line of excellent quality power supplies with a new level of PLATINUM products.

Our premium XPG VENTO PRO 120 PWM fan from Nidec is selected to bolster CYBERCORE’s cooling solution while helping to maintain a compact form factor. This is another major power milestone for XPG and represents XPG’s determination to meet higher power requirements.

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Characteristics

  • Collaboration XPG and Nidec
    • Nidec XPG VENTO PRO 120 PWM fan cooling
    • High precision Japanese double bearings
  • Certified Cybenetic: ETA PLATINUM & LAMBDA Standard++
  • 80 PLUS PLATINUM certified efficiency up to 92% at 50% load
  • Power options: 1000W and 1300W
  • 100% Japanese 105℃ capacitors
  • Complies with Intel ATX 12V directive v2.52
  • ErP 2014 Lot3, EPS 12V 2.92
  • Compact dimensions (L x W x H) 160 x 150 x 86 mm
  • 8 industrial level protections, operating temperature: 50℃
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Characteristics

For more detailed specifications, please visit the official product page via the link here!

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Connections

It’s no exaggeration to say that the XPG CYBERCORE 1300W is, quite possibly, one of the bulkiest power supplies I’ve ever come across when it comes to wiring. There are literally masses of them, including 10 (yes, ten!) PCI-E 6+2 slots. – If you need any indication that this PSU isn’t aimed at generic systems, then the masses of cables offered here should clearly hammer home that point.

We are definitely in the remit of enthusiasts and extreme limit users here!

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Alan A. Seibert