BFG Tech EX Series 1200 Watt Power Supply
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-16-2009
Provided by: BFG Technologies
A Closer Look

The EX-1200 comes in a nice looking black box with a photo of the power supply on the front and instructions on the rear. Inside, the PSU is protected by foam and its own cables.

I had the power supply out of the box for at least a few minutes before it hit me how small it is to be a 1200 watter. At 5.9" x 3.4" x 6.5", this thing is no larger than the typical 600-750 watt PSU, and more than 1/2” shorter than the other 1200 watt power supply I have, and that one is particularly small. It is actually smaller than a couple of 800 watt power supplies I own.

The EX-1200 will have no problem fitting in any mid or full tower, and should fit in many smaller cases designed to accept a full-sized ATX power supply.

The case is finished in a shiny black powder coat and sports a single 135mm fan. Though the PSU is considered modular, I guess you'd call it “half-modular”; there is a full complement of hard-wired cables. The cables are quite long, plenty long enough for use in a full tower, and long enough to help with cable management in a mid. Permanently attached are:

1 x 20+4-pin motherboard cable
1 x 8-pin + 4-pin ATX12v
1 x 4-pin + 4-pin ATX12v
1 x 6+2-pin + 6-pin PCI-E connectors
1 x three 4-pin Molex + 1 Floppy power connectors
1 x three SATA power connectors

I really don't quite understand the two ATX12v cables, I suppose that they are to tackle any possible motherboard configuration. I will be using the cable with the pair of 4-pin connectors.

All cables are covered in thick black mesh, and finished with heavy heatshrink tubing.

The BFG Tech logo is stamped into both sides of the case, and will be visible in cases with either upper or lower PSU placement.

The modular connectors are clearly marked, and there is no danger of plugging into the wrong connector as the PCI-E connectors are 8-pin.

The rails are cooled by pin-fin aluminum heatsinks. Not the heaviest I've seen, but not the lightest either. They should be more than adequate for the job. The PSU is equipped with nice large Japanese-built filter capacitors.

Looking at the specifications chart, the EX-1200 has a quartet of +12v rails at 40A each. That should be more than sufficient for most multiple-video card applications.

The modular cables consist of:

2 x PCI-E, each with 2 x 6-pin connectors
2 x 4-pin Molex, each with 3 x Molex connectors, one has a Floppy connector
3 x SATA power, each with 3 x SATA power connectors

So to recap, we have the capability of six 6-pin PCI-E connectors, and a pair of 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors, nine 4-pin Molex connectors and two Floppy connectors, and twelve SATA power connectors. I really can't imagine a rig that this compliment of connectors won't cover. As are the hard-wired cables, the modular cables are quite long for use in a full tower.

Also included in the bundle are some Velcro wire ties, screws, and an installation booklet. The included cord is a heavy-duty 14ga one.

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