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XPG CyberCore II 1000W Review: No Compromise On Power!

In this review, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the XPG CyberCore II 1000W after thoroughly testing it.

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Review Summary

XPG CyberCore II 1000W is a reliable choice for modern PC builders and gamers like myself. Its efficiency and adherence to Intel’s ATX 3.0 design guide ensure compatibility with the latest hardware while delivering stable power output, which is crucial for smooth performance during intense gaming sessions or demanding workloads. However, it’s worth noting that the absence of a Hybrid Fan mode and the presence of hard-sleeved cables could be potential drawbacks for some users. Despite these limitations, the compact design and premium components of the XPG CyberCore II PSU make it a solid choice for those seeking reliability and performance in their PC builds.

Hours Tested: 7
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Overall
9.4/10
9.4/10
  • Value - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Build Quality - 9.6/10
    9.6/10
  • Performance - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Future-Proofing - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • Extremely efficient
  • Silent operation
  • Compact design

Cons

  • No Hybrid Fan mode
  • Hard sleeved cables

The XPG CyberCore II 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum series has been upgraded to meet the new criteria laid forth by Intel’s ATX 3.0 design guide. Due to stricter voltage and current management regulations, changes were necessary to handle next-generation hardware safely and effectively.

Moreover, Nidec’s state-of-the-art XPG VENTO PRO 120 PWM Fan is another means by which XPG has improved the CyberCore cooling system to provide peak performance. Continually committed to meeting the needs of today’s gamers, XPG is continually developing cutting-edge products.

With that said, I have tested the XPG CyberCore II 1000W to share my thoughts on this PSU.


Key Takeaways

  • The XPG CyberCore II 80 PLUS Platinum PSU offers high efficiency and reliability. Featuring a state-of-the-art cooling system with a Nidec VENTO PRO 120 PWM Fan, it ensures peak performance while maintaining quiet operation.
  • What I liked about the XPG CyberCore II 1000W is its silent operation thanks to its advanced cooling system and intelligently engineered fan curve under normal to moderate loads.
  • What I didn’t like about the XPG CyberCore II 1000W is that it doesn’t have a Hybrid Fan mode, which allows the fan to operate in a semi-passive mode, remaining idle under low loads for silent operation.
  • The XPG CyberCore II 1000W is a perfect fit for enthusiast gamers and PC builders due to its high efficiency, stable power delivery, and compatibility with next-generation hardware.

Here are the specifications:

Dimensions (L x W x H) 160 x 150 x 86mm
Cybenetics Rating ETA PLATINUM and LAMBDA A-
80 Plus Rating PLATINUM
ATX Version Intel ATX 12V v2.52
Protections OCP / OVP / UVP / OPP / SCP / OTP / NLO / SIP
Certification CE / CB/ FCC(IC) / TUV / cTUVus / TUV S-Mark / NOM / BSMI / UKCA / EAC
PFC >0.99
Input Voltage 100-240V
Input Current 13A
Input Frequency 50Hz-60Hz
Operating Temperature 50°C
Fan Size 120mm
Fan Bearing Dual Ball Bearing
Fan Speed 2,150 RPM
MTBF 120K hours at 25°C
Weight Product+cables:1.96kg+1.35kg (4.32lb+3.0lb) ±5%, with Package:4.13kg (9.1lb) ±5%
Warranty 10 Years

Packaging & Unboxing

The striking red background of the box is sure to catch the viewer’s attention. Several badges, one of which is the Cybenetics rating, can be found at the front. With packing foam covering the PSU, the box provides outstanding safety. You can discover the basic performance and compliance information printed on the back and sides of the package. The 8 industrial-level mechanisms and 10-year warranty of XPG CyberCore II guarantee the stability and safety of the device and the system.

Box Content & Cables

CABLES & ACCESSORIES (Image By Tech4Gamers)
CABLES & ACCESSORIES (Image By Tech4Gamers)

A bag specifically for storing the modular cables is also included. In addition to the standard AC power cord and four mounting screws, the CyberCore II PSU from XPG comes with a number of cable ties and a sheet of stickers for decoration purposes. The ATX, EPS, PCI Express, and 12VHPWR cables are all black and covered in nylon sleeving. In contrast, the power cables for Molex and SATA are just black wires that resemble ribbons.

Finally, the wires are rather lengthy, particularly the ATX and EPS ones. As I expressed my concern in my previous review of XPG Core Reactor II 1200W PSU for using hard-sleeved cables, the same is the case with CyberCore II 1000W! XPG should really stop using such cables that are extremely hard to route in tight spaces.

WARNING: The sleeved cables may pose challenges during cable routing and management, particularly in compact or crowded PC cases.

Design

From the outside, the XPG CyberCore II is subtle due to its understated matte all-black appearance and lack of flashy additions. Its 160 mm chassis length is somewhat longer than the standard ATX design rule of thumb, but that’s normal for a standard high-output PC PSU and surprisingly small for a unit with that much juice.

On the top side of the chassis, you can see a big label that XPG applied, that includes the unit’s electrical characteristics and certifications. On each side of the chassis, located between two punched triangle shapes, you can find simple decorative stickers with the manufacturer and series logos.

The CyberCore II PSU back side is simple, with just the standard on/off button and the standard IEC C14 power connection. There is an empty space that can accommodate a sticker or something, but thus, nothing has been put in.

Even in their most compact form factor, all configurations have managed to attain ETA PLATINUM grade while maintaining a LAMBDA A- rating for noise. This is their official statement that they would provide their PC users with the highest possible performance since the highest quality standards set by Cybenetics have been approved for the XPG CyberCore II series.

PRO TIP: Regularly clean the PSU and surrounding components to prevent dust buildup, which can impede airflow and increase operating temperatures.

Cable Connections

CONNECTORS SIDE (Image By Tech4Gamers)
CONNECTORS SIDE (Image By Tech4Gamers)

In an effort to accommodate as many connections as possible, the unit’s front side has a remarkable number of modular cable connectors. Where EPS and PCI Express connectors take up over half of the available space. Since there wasn’t much space for a legend, XPG simply painted several headers on the chassis and organized the connections together using simple lines.

The 24-pin ATX connection and all of the DC power cables are detachable thanks to the XPG CyberCore II 1000W PSU’s completely modular design. There are twelve SATA connections, eight 4-pin Molex connectors, two EPS connectors over dedicated cables, six PCIe 6+2 pin with the same number of cables, and one 12VHPWR set at 600W.

There is a great deal of 4-pin Molex and SATA connections. At 150 mm, the spacing between all of the peripheral connections is adequate. Since it comes with a 12VHPWR (12+4 pin) connection, it is compatible with the most recent high-end graphics cards.

Fan

FAN INTERNAL (Image By Tech4Gamers)
FAN INTERNAL (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Typically, high-output PSUs have fans measuring approximately 135 mm in size. However, the fan in the XPG CyberCore II 1000W II 1000W PSU is rather smaller. But the XPG CyberCore II 1000W’s 120 mm fan is a top-tier XPG VENTO PRO 120 PWM Fan from Nidec, a world-renowned manufacturer known for its outstanding cooling efficiency, quiet operation, and 60,000-hour lifespan at 60℃ thanks to its Dual Bearing and proprietary design.

It attempts to control airflow by partly covering it with a plastic shield and reaching an extremely high maximum speed of 2150 RPM. Because of the plastic shield and ball-bearing engine, the PSU can make more noise when it’s loaded. However, considering XPG’s 10-year warranty, it’s clear that long-term dependability was a priority.

Its intelligently engineered fan curve extends the life expectancy and minimizes the noise of the XPG CyberCore II series. The PSU has an admirably low noise level for its capacity, earning a Cybenetics A-(25-30 dB[A]) noise certification, all thanks to the top-of-the-line fan from Nidec.

Teardown & Component Analysis

PSU INTERNAL (Image By Tech4Gamers)
PSU INTERNAL (Image By Tech4Gamers)

XPG CyberCore II 1000W is based on an updated platform from CWT that was previously used in older CyberCore PSUs from XPG. CWT has tuned up its existing CTT platform to meet Intel’s ATX3.0 specifications. Its major improvements are due to CTT’s Semi-digital design, which not only significantly improves voltage regulation but also has much greater efficiency figures. I still wish to see a fully digital PSU, and I strongly believe XPG is among the very few manufacturers that can achieve this engineering marvel in the near future. So I am hoping for the best.

We first meet with Interleaved PFC on the primary side instead of conventional Active PFC. A dedicated MCU from Texas Instrument controls the workings of Interleaved PFC, making it much more efficient during different load combinations. Full-Bridge & LLC converter makes up for conversion losses when high voltage DC gets chopped off into lower 12V DC via Synchronous Rectification.

On the secondary side, the 12V rail is controlled by a second MCU from Texas Instrument. Though this could also be achieved by using a conventional Analog Controller, the Digital Controller will always remain superior due to its exceptionally fast response time and when I already have very demanding ATX3.0 specifications that allow modern PSUs to maintain their voltage regulation even when the PSU goes up to 200% of their rated power during power excursions, such Digital Controller designs have now become quite essential.

12V rail transformer uses direct solder connections on a vertical PCB that houses 12V rail MOSFETs. A few OEMs solder these MOSFETS on the opposite side of the PCB which causes huge stress on the MOSFETS due to not being able to receive proper airflow, so this approach is always good to see in OEM design.

Furthermore, a dedicated DC-DC daughter board is responsible for converting minor 5V & 3.3V rails. I don’t see hefty heatsinks in this platform because it doesn’t really need them, thanks to its Platinum efficiency and adequate spacing on the PCB coupled with Nidec’s superior quality fan that makes this PSU cool and quiet.

XPG CyberCore II 1000W uses all Japanese high-quality 105℃ capacitors. The electrolytic capacitors are provided by Rubycon and Nippon Chemi-Con, while the polymer capacitors are sourced from FPCAP and United Chemi-Con.

How Did We Test?

At Tech4Gamers, we do things differently when it comes to testing PSUs. Because we are not providing any specific certifications to the PSUs, instead we actually put PSUs through real-life challenges. We’ve created our own special PSU tester based on DC Loading MOSFET modules, that’s designed to measure how well a PSU performs under different stress conditions accurately.

Our main focus is on figuring out how well PSUs handle the demands of gaming computers. We look at things like how stable the voltage is, how efficient the PSU is, how hot it gets, and how much noise it generates in both electrical (voltage ripple) and audible terms. This way, we can give people all the information they need to pick the right PSU for their gaming setup, whether they’re building a top-of-the-line rig or trying to stick to a budget build.

PSU Load Testing

12V & Minor Voltage Rails Regulation

I tested the PSU by gradually loading up the 12V rail at different percentages: 20%, 50%, 80%, 90%, and finally, 100%. Meanwhile, I keep the minor rails, which are the 5V and 3.3V, constant at a combined power of 25W. This is because the minor rails mainly power less-demanding components like HDDs, SSDs, RAM, and other minor parts on the motherboard, so they don’t need as much stress testing. The 12V rail, on the other hand, powers the most power-hungry components like the CPU and GPU, so it undergoes more rigorous testing.

Load in %            12V        5V          3.3V
20%       12.05V 5.05V 3.29V
50%       12.02V 5.04V 3.29V
70%       12.00V 5.04V 3.29V
90%       11.97V 5.04V 3.28V
100%    11.97V 5.04V 3.28V

The voltage regulation is outstanding, largely thanks to the implementation of digital controllers. I anticipate that more manufacturers will adopt this design for their PSUs, particularly considering the heavy load on the 12V rail imposed by ATX3.0 specifications and the significant power demands of modern systems.

An essential powerhouse for today’s demanding PC!

PSU Efficiency

Efficiency is really important when it comes to PSUs because it affects how much energy gets wasted as heat. The more efficient a PSU is, the less energy it wastes, which means lower electricity bills and better longevity for your PSU’s internal parts, especially the capacitors. So, paying attention to efficiency can save you money in the long run and help your PSU last longer.

Load in %            Power Factor    Efficiency
20%       0.952 92%
50%       0.965 94%
70%       0.971 94%
90%       0.985 94%
100%    0.988 93%

The use of interleaved PFC and digital controllers has greatly boosted the efficiency of the XPG CyberCore II 1000W, making it effortless for it to reach Platinum efficiency.

Voltage Ripple Performance

This test will show how good a PSU is when it comes to handling minor or extreme overclocking. A PSU with better voltage ripple performance means it’s made with high-quality components. PSUs produce direct current (DC) output voltages. Ideally, this DC signal should have zero frequency, but because it’s generated from alternating current (AC) signals, there’s always some AC voltage present, known as voltage ripple. High voltage ripple can shorten the lifespan of electrolytic capacitors and cause issues like system crashes (BSODs) when overclocking.

Load in % Voltage Ripple
20% 8.8mV
50% 9.6mV
70% 13.6mV
90% 14.4mV
100% 16mV

The ripple performance is quite good, ensuring stable performance even during extreme overclocking.

Temperatures

With the fan switched off at fewer loads, the XPG CyberCore II 1000W’s thermal performance becomes complicated, leading to somewhat high temperatures. But the temperature never gets too high, which would shorten the lifespan of the PSU, and the fan will turn on whenever the thermal control circuit says it has to, no matter how much stress it’s under.

At low to medium loads, the fan is inactive as the load is less than 50% of the unit’s capacity at room temperature hence, there is almost no noise. But, the fan can generate a bit of noise when the load is heavy and continues for a long time. Regardless, it has exceptional noise performance overall.

12VHPWR Cable Performance On Max Load

12VHPWR cable sustained the load of 600W without breaking a sweat at the voltage level of 11.88V.

Should You Buy It?

Buy It If 

✅You prioritize reliability and performance: With its premium build quality, Japanese capacitors, and compliance with the latest standards, the XPG CyberCore II ensures stable and efficient power delivery, making it an ideal choice for demanding gaming rigs or professional workstations.

✅You value future-proofing: The PSU’s adherence to Intel’s ATX 3.0 design guide and its compatibility with next-generation hardware ensure that your system remains up-to-date and capable of handling advanced components, offering long-term value for your investment.

Don’t Buy It If 

❌You’re on a tight budget: While the XPG CyberCore II offers exceptional quality and performance, its premium features come at a higher price point compared to budget-oriented PSUs. If budget is a primary and PSU efficiency is a secondary concern, there may be more cost-effective options available like XPG CORE REACTOR II which I recently reviewed.

Final Verdict

Thanks to its use of premium active components and electrolytic and solid-state Japanese capacitors, the XPG CyberCore II 1000W has an admirably sturdy construction. The design and quality of the assembly are top-notch. Along with the exceptionally reliable twin-ball-bearing engine, the NIDEC 120mm fan is a great addition that keeps the PSU cool and increases its durability. Of course, the MSRP is a bit high, but there isn’t a cheap semi-digital power supply on the market.

The XPG CyberCore II series’ electrical performance is perhaps its main selling feature. The voltage regulation it provides is quite tight. The PSU energy conversion efficiency is outstanding; it effortlessly meets the standards for 80Plus Platinum certification irrespective of the input voltage. The CyberCore II unit can run passively with loads up to 600 Watts because of its great efficiency, which means it doesn’t need a cooling fan at all when the load is low.

Coming Next: DeepCool PX1000P 80 PLUS Platinum Review

 
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