For the past several years, PC components have generally been getting more efficient and compact, allowing builders to create ever smaller and more appealing systems. The demand for compact gaming PCs is particularly high as, despite their higher initial cost, modern systems are more powerful than gaming consoles and have a significant number of other advantages as well.

As a consequence of that demand for compact-yet-powerful PCs, the overall market demand for high-performance SFX PSUs has been increasing as well, as top-tier graphics cards still have substantial power requirements. Although the selection of high-end SFX PSUs is not nearly as rich as that of traditional ATX PSUs, more and more high-end, advanced feature SFX PSUs are being released every year. And this boom hasn't just been the same few companies; even manufacturers who've traditionally focused on just ATX PSUs are now getting into the SFX market as well.

For today's review we're taking a look at SeaSonic’s latest advanced SFX PSU series, the Focus Gold SGX. The series consists of just two units: a 450W model and a 650W model. The former is ideal for systems with mid-range graphics cards (or less), while the latter can offer the higher power output required to handle top-tier cards and more exotic configurations. Along those lines, for our look at the Focus Gold SGX series SeaSonic is putting their best foot forward, having sent us their 650W model. With a $129 price tag, this PSU is still very much a high-end PSU for the SFX market, but is actually rather reasonably priced when compared to the other high-power PSUs it competes with.

Power Specifications ( Rated @ 40 °C *)
AC INPUT 100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
RAIL +3.3V +5V +12V +5Vsb -12V
MAX OUTPUT 20A 20A 54A 3A 0,3A
100W 648W 15W 3,6W
TOTAL 650W
*There is a catch with the operating temperature of this model. SeaSonic rates it as operational up to 50 °C but de-rates its power rating down to 80% for temperatures over 40 °C. Therefore, we consider the Focus Gold SGX-650 to be rated at 40 °C for its rated performance.

Packaging and Bundle

SeaSonic’s packaging is aesthetically simple, with virtually nothing but text covering the front side of the box. There are some thin lines forming an abstract shape but they seem like a basic attempt to catch a shop-browser’s attention. Despite its very simple appearance, the box is strong and the internal packaging is excellent, ensuring the safety of the lightweight unit during shipping.

Inside the box, we found a rich bundle, especially for an SFX PSU. Aside from the regular AC power cable and the typical mounting screws, the company includes cable ties, three cable straps, and an SFX to ATX adapter. The latter is especially useful for users that upgrade or swap parts often, ensuring that their SFX PSU will be usable even if they decide to forgo their SFX design and build something else. SeaSonic even included a basic PSU jump-start adapter for users to test their PSUs without having to connect a system.

The SeaSonic Focus Gold SGX-650 is a fully modular PSU, so every cable can be detached, including the 24-pin ATX cable. All of the cables are ribbon-like, “flat” type, and relatively short when compared to typical ATX products. The shortened cables are the reasonable choice considering that the PSU is likely to be installed in very compact system where every millimeter counts, but their length is a potential issue for users wanting to use the PSU with a regular ATX case. Every cable is made of black wires and black connectors. 

SeaSonic Focus Gold SGX-650
Connector type Hardwired Modular
ATX 24 Pin - 1
EPS 4+4 Pin - 1
EPS 8 Pin - -
PCI-E 6+2 Pin - 4
PCI-E 8 Pin - -
SATA - 6
Molex - 3
Floppy - 1
The SeaSonic Focus Gold SGX-650 SFX PSU
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  • Sivar - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    I thought I'd report a typo: "Although the selection of **hgih**-end SFX PSUs"
    Thank you for the article.
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  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    Thanks! Reply
  • SonicIce - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    There was a short period where their high end PSU's were manufactured in Taiwan with a 12 year warranty. Wonder why they went back to China? Reply
  • Hul8 - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    The Focus series is not high end, that's why. Reply
  • Alistair - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    It's a review without a comparison to the Corsair model? What kind of review is that... Reply
  • Alistair - Friday, March 08, 2019 - link

    That came out more negative than I meant it to. But I mainly want to know what advantages the Seasonic model might have vs. the Corsair one. Reply
  • FXi - Thursday, March 07, 2019 - link

    This might make a very nice and quiet PSU for the Alienware amplifier Reply
  • R3MF - Friday, March 08, 2019 - link

    "Opting to go with a 1200mm anyhow, SeaSonic has lengthened the chassis slightly, so the Focus Gold SGX-650 measures 25 mm longer than a standard SFX PSU"

    The missing part that seems pretty crucial for a product review:

    "We call this SFX-L", folks. It won't fit in a traditional SFX chassis, but that's fine because it's better. But as responsible reviewers, we thought you should know that."

    Your welcome. ;)
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, March 08, 2019 - link

    It's a good point, but the manufacturer is pretty clear about it on sites where the PSU in question can be purchased. There are a number of SFF cases that will accept SFX-L power supplies too because its difficult to cram mid- to high-output circuitry into a standard SFX supply. I do agree that it ought to be more clearly noted in the article, but there are other places where a potential buyer will have a chance to discover the size before making a purchase. Reply
  • justareader - Friday, March 08, 2019 - link

    The whole article is about SFX with no explanation. SFX is mention over and over and over. Does the author know? Does not matter this is a tech site, acronyms should always be stated complete at least once. Reply

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