When it comes to desktop computer components its more likely that the processor, amount of RAM or the size of the hard-drive takes the headline while the power supply unit is often over looked.
In the past this didn't really matter, a PSU regardless of its make, capacity and connections would provide you with whatever you need. Times have changed...
Nowadays all nature of connections maybe required to provide power to your graphic card (or cards), power hungry CPU's and water cooling rig. On offer to give you the power is this "XFX P1-550S XXB9 PRO550W" Core Edition.
First impressions are good. The PSU came well packaged and at a glance you can tell its been built to a high quality. It's high in features with plenty of cables to fit all manner of devices from case fans to PCI-e graphics cards. The cables themselves are well wrapped and long so unless you have a massive full tower case shouldn't present any problems. In operation the unit while not silent is still pretty quiet.
This unit fits all standard ATX cases which covers most towers and desktop units, however if your using a micro-ATX or mini case then you would be best double checking the dimensions.
The power supply unit does not feature a modular design (i.e. cables that you can remove and add to the unit if they are not in use.) While I imagine this omission is to keep costs down it also makes internal cable management and airflow more difficult but not impossible. While 550 watts of power should be more than enough for the typical set-up if your running SLI or crossfire then you maybe better looking for a higher capacity unit. If your in doubt there are several online power consumption calculators that estimate how much power you need. It's worth noting that there is also a 650w edition of this unit should you require that little bit extra.
Installation was easy (just a mater of lining up a few screw holes and connection what needs to be connected. Another factor you should take in to consideration is the noise produced in operation and thankfully the XFX doesn't produce much, it is also kept cool by it's 12cm bottom fan.
In terms of cost at just over fifty pounds (at time of reviewing) it offers good value for money for what included. If your building a new system, or looking to upgrade then despite a few small problems this XFX is well worth short listing.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)