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  • Gigabyte XP1200M 80Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply Review
  • Gigabyte XP1200M 80Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply Review


    Power Connections

    I have already mentioned that the Xtreme Gaming XP1200M is fully modular and comes with every cable neatly packed away in a storage bag.  You do get a few interesting accessories including a four pack of Velcro cable ties, screws and a case badge

    For handling the stress of a PSU install or upgrade Gigabyte has also included a handy wrist mounted sweat band.


    The main 24pin ATX cable features the standard 20pin + 4pin connector configuration.  These connections do not snap together so you will need to make sure they are inserted at the same time to make sure they both get seated correctly.  It is hard to imagine that any system needing a 1200w PSU will still be using a 20pin ATX header but stranger things have happened.

    There are two sets of 12v CPU power (EPS) connectors and both use the 4+4 configuration for better compatibility.  Unlike the main 24pin connector you can install each 4+4 plug separately.  Looking at overall cable lengths the 24pin and one 8pin cable measure in at around 26 inches long.  The second 8pin cable is a little longer at 31 inches which can help with cable routing since the CPU power is often on the other side of the motherboard.

    The Gigabyte XP1200M supports four GPUs in a single system either in SLI or Crossfire configurations.  To accomplish this Gigabyte has included four PCI Express power cables each with a 8pin and 6+1pin power plug.  For those of you running reference video cards with dual 8pin power plugs that equals one cable per video which is also recommended for running dual cards with a single power plug. 

    The final cables are your standard SATA and Molex power connections.  Each cable features four plugs per end and measure in at around 41 inches.

    Given how the smaller Molex plugs have fallen out of popularity you won’t find them on the main power cables anymore but, Gigabyte has included two adaptors for hooking into LED strips and the occasional 3.5" floppy drive nostalgia.