BFG EX-1200 (1200W) Modular PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
Presented in a black cardboard box with a minimalistic white and yellow colour scheme, the BFG EX-1200 is worlds apart from the heavily 'game themed' packaging of their graphics cards. However, it would seem that the professional look is common to all of BFG's recently released PSU's with the ES and LS series sporting exactly the same design albeit in blue and green colour schemes respectively.
 
BFG EX-1200 Box Front BFG EX-1200 Box Back
 
BFG EX-1200 Box Top BFG EX-1200 Box Side
 
Probably one of the most amusing things about the EX-1200 packaging is the installation diagram on the back of the box which gives buyers a 4 step guide to installing their new PSU. Hopefully this will prevent any mishaps from users who attempt to install their new PSU without removing the side panel of their case, or indeed using duct tape rather than screws to secure the PSU in position!
 
However, on a more serious note the back of the box also provides valuable information on the efficiency curves and fan speed through the various load levels. This could be handy for potential buyers who know roughly how much power their systems consume and are looking for a PSU that reaches its optimal performance at this level.  Printed on the side of the box is an output chart similar to that back on Page #1 along with a full specifications list and six images that show what connectors are provided with the unit.
 
BFG EX-1200 Box Inside BFG EX-1200 Contents
 
Some manufacturers are known for their minimalist approach in order to keep costs down, while others go as far as to provide their PSU's in leather briefcases or heavily padded boxes. The BFG EX-1200 however, strikes a balance of the two by using a fairly standard double walled cardboard box to save on the pennies while also using large styrofoam inserts on either side of the PSU to ensure that it is well protected against knocks and drops during shipping. Included in the box are the following items:
 
7x Modular Cables
4x ATX Screws
3x Velcro Ties
1x Mains Cable
1x PSU Manual
1x EX-1200 PSU
   
 
 BFG EX-1200 Bottom View BFG EX-1200 Side View
 
BFG EX-1200 Sticker BFG EX-1200 Logo
 
The finish on the unit is mirror black - most likely spray painted, and unfortunately doesn't take too kindly to being 'fingered' as you can probably see from some of the images above. The paint is also quite prone to chipping and scratching and therefore care should be taken when installing it inside a PC. Around the side of the unit BFG have added some personal touches by laser cutting several ventilation grilles and embossing their cross-hair logo into the casing; further improving the PSU's visual appeal.
 
BFG EX-1200 Top View BFG EX-1200 Top View
 
The underside of the unit features a 135mm fan complete with a black fan grill sporting the BFG logo, and flipping the unit over we can see that BFG have placed the specifications sticker in a position that it is not likely to be seen when installed in a PC case. Always good to see (or not)!
 
BFG EX-1200 Rear View BFG EX-1200 Rear View
 
The rear of the unit is dominated by the obligatory honeycomb mesh grill with a standard kettle lead style plug and rocker switch located to the right. It would have been nice to see a beefier power switch used as the smaller switches tend to suffer more from arcing and poor conections in comparison to the larger, more 'clunky' switches. 
 
So now we've covered everything but the modular end of the unit, let's move on to the next page where we take a look at the cables and connectors.  
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10-06-2009, 13:12:31

JN
"BFG sure know a thing or two about making graphics cards, but how does their latest 1200w power supply cope under the strain of the OC3D load tester."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...070705659s.jpg

BFG EX-1200 (1200W) Modular PSU

10-06-2009, 14:02:03

monkey7
Hmm bit of an average psu

An 8 for presentation though? Yes the packaging and bundle is quite good but isn't the paint part of the presentation?

10-06-2009, 14:41:58

zak4994
Box packaging looks exceptionally bland.

10-06-2009, 15:06:53

lasher
Could come wrapped in brown paper for me.

All i would be bothered about is the performance, which from the review it comes out admirably.

Its rare ive seen cases with the power supply on view when windows are fitted.

It could look like Amy winehouse for i care.. long as it performs. ( Hmm perhaps a bad comparison there but im sure you get my drift )

Know what you mean about the paint, My Antec 1000w Quattro is sprayed and just looking at it, it threatens to scratch the paintwork. Would only possibly affect the resale value in the long run though.

26-06-2009, 02:26:08

kimandsally
I think that 92mv is not as bad as it seems, to be honest if it is the highest seen on here that says only high quality PSU's have been tested there are dozens of PSU out there with higher ripple.

I agree though for a premium product which has Jonny Guru's input at BFG it's not too good, I would certainly not spend my money on one there are many better PSU out there.

As usual though great review.
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