Gigabyte Releases First Xtreme Gaming Series Power Supply

Gigabyte is widely known for its motherboards and graphics cards, but many users are perhaps unaware that it also has quite a large portfolio of PSU products. This lack of familiarity is because Gigabyte avoids, for its own reasons, sending PSU samples for evaluation, so with a quick search on the net you will find few Gigabyte PSU reviews. This is pretty weird; hopefully the company will change tactics in the future.

The most recent PSU series addition to Gigabyte's arsenal is the Xtreme Gaming line that currently consists of only one member, the XP1200M. This is clearly a high-end PSU, featuring 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency, Japanese capacitors, fully modular cables and a single +12V rail. On the product's official page, we spotted a photograph of the PSU's internals, showing two Rubycon caps in the APFC converter with 1120uF combined capacity, so we suspect that the XP1200M will have a hard time reaching the desired hold-up time, which according to the ATX spec should be at least 17ms.

The cooling fan uses a double ball-bearing, which might not be as good as a fluid dynamic bearing (FDB), but it's still considered a solid choice for a PSU. According to the fan curve that Gigabyte provided, the XP1200M doesn't feature a semi-passive mode, and this will probably be a let down for some users, although according to the official info, the fan spins at low speeds under light and moderate loads. We don't have any solid info on the OEM, but we suspect that it is Channel Well Technology (Update 7/7/16: Through our sources in Gigabyte we learned that the OEM is Enhance Electronics). 

Model NumberXP1200M
Max. DC Output1200 W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 Plus Platinum
ModularYes (fully)
Intel Haswell ReadyYes
MTBF> 100,000 hours
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Cooling140 mm Dual Ball-Bearing Fan
Semi-passive operationNo
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 87 mm (H) x 180 mm (D)
RegulatoryCE/BSMI/EAC/TUV/FCC/CCC/RCM
ComplianceATX12V v2.31, EPS 2.92
ConnectorsATX/MB 20+4 Pin: 700mm
2x CPU/EPS 4+4 Pin: 800mm+ 650mm
6x PCI-e 6+2 Pin: 2x 650mm+ 2x (650mm+100mm)
12x SATA: 3x (550mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)
8x 4 Pin Peripheral: 2x (550mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)
2x 4 Pin Floppy : 100mm
Cable Type
Black Flat Cables

It is definitely a good thing to see all protection features provided, especially OTP (Over Temperature Protection), which in my opinion is essential to every PSU. In addition, the unit is equipped with flat cables, which are preferable because they block less of the airflow inside the chassis.

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps25221002.50.3
Watts120120012.53.6
Total Max. Power (W)1200

The +12V rail, which feeds most PC components, is powerful, delivering up to 100 Amps. This means that the XP1200M can easily support multiple graphics cards. On the contrary, the 5VSB rail is weak, and normally such a high-capacity PSU should be able to provide at least 3-4 Amps on this rail.

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  • jonroberts26
    Why do we need a 1200 watt psu? Is it only for 2+ gpus? My Seasonic 860 watt psu is overkill even if I were to get a second 980ti. Aren't the new graphics cards even more power efficient?
  • lucas_7_94
    1.2kW seems to be a extreme overkill, i hope to see lower wattage for normal consumer!

    Also, want a review from Tom's to see how it performs!
  • NeatOman
    I kinda got why some people would have got a 1200 watt PSU in the before time when a GPU could suck down well over 350 watts. Now the most powerful GPU (GTX 1080) only has a 180 watt TDP and only allows two-way SLI. Then paired with best "Gaming" CPU the i7-6700k i can't see the system using more than 500 watts total :/ making a 650 watt PSU more than capable enough for a heavy overclock but 750 watt to be safe.

    Which is why i got a PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkIII 850, 7 year warranty and never having to think about a PSU ever again. Even with the new Titan P which is rumored to use up to 300 watts it's still way overkill for an SLI setup.