Product Layout and Features
In terms of size the Gigabyte XP1200M is typical for a high wattage PSU which is slightly longer than a standard PSU to accomidate the additional components. Modern chassis design allows for these longer PSU units so unless you are doing a retrofit you should have no issues with space.
Primary cooling is handled by a 140mm double ball bearing fan with a bright orange fan hub. The color of the fan is unique for a PSU and can actually be a design element in certain cases. Protecting the fan you will find a stamped style fan grill in a very ornate repeating pattern.
This is a fully modular power supply meaning that every single cable can be removed including the main 24pin ATX power line. Every plug on the PSU is labeled above to indicate what power cable should be installed. I find it interesting that all of the plugs are black instead of indicating the cable type with a different color plug.
When I recommend a PSU I often rattle off a wattage range and strongly suggest getting one with an 80 Plus rating. The 80+ certification does add some additional cost but ensures a certain degree of quality that might otherwise be overlooked if the certification wasn’t required. The Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XP1200M is rated at 80 Plus Platinum which means at 80% of full load the PSU offers greater than 92% power efficiency.
This loosely translates into a higher quality PSU with better components that can deliver more power with less heat for quieter operation.
The Gigabyte XP1200M is a single rail PSU with the 12v rail supporting a 100A circuit. Rated RMS power is 1200W with 120W available on the 3.3v and 5v rails. Input voltage is auto switching so it will work on both 110v and 240v AC circuits.