ADATA XPG Pylon 650W and XPG Core Reactor 750W Review

We reviewed ADATA’s XPG Pylon 650W and XPG Core Reactor 750W power supplies. Are they worth the prices they come in at? Read our review below to see whether these ADATA power supplies are right for you.

core reactor front packaging
ADATA’s XPG sub-brand has two power supply offerings that are both vying for a spot in your next gaming rig. On the one hand, the bronze-rated XPG Pylon at 650W offers solid construction and performance for its affordable price tag.

On the other hand, we’ve got the gold-rated XPG Core Reactor that’s a significant step-up in terms of price yet offers modularity and better performance.

ADATA XPG Pylon 650W & XPG Core Reactor 750W Specs

The tech specs for both the XPG Pylon 650W unit and the XPG Core Reactor 750W unit are listed below.

Pylon 650W Core Reactor 750W
Max DC 650W 750W
PFC Active Active
Efficiency 80 PLUS Bronze, Cybernetics Silver 80 Plus Gold (A rating)
Noise Cybernetics Standard ++ LAMBDA-A
Modularity No Yes
Power State Support Yes Yes
Protections Over/Under Voltage, Over Power, Overheating, Over Current, Short Circuit Over/Under Voltage, Over Power, Overheating, Over Current, Short Circuit
Cooling 120 mm fan 120 mm fan
Semi-passive Operation No No
Size (WxHxD) 150 mm x 85 mm x 140 mm 150 mm x 85 mm x 140 mm
Weight 1.96 kg 1.5 kg
Compliances ATX12V v2.53, EPS 2.92 ATX12V v2.52, EPS 2.92
Warranty 3 years 10 years

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What’s in the Box?

Both XPG PSUs have an excellent, eye-catching box presentation that screams gaming. Unboxing the Pylon reveals a simpler interior packaging with the unit itself covered by two molded pulp shields to keep it steady.

pylon front packaging

The Core Reactor does a bit more by keeping the unit safe and snug via nice-looking black styrofoam.

core reactor back packaging

Inside either box, you’ll find a quick start guide, a set of XPG gamer stickers, and a set of case mounting screws. Both PSUs also come with power cables. The Pylon is a more traditional power supply unit with all of its cables attached and not removable.

On the other hand, the Core Reactor is fully modular, meaning all of its cables can be connected in any configuration you see fit. All of its cables come in a slick, black bag with red XPG branding emblazoned on it.

Here’s a rundown of all the cables that come with the XPG Core Reactor.

Qty. No. of Connectors Gauge
ATX connector 20+4 pin (650mm) 1 1 16-20 AWG
4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm) 2 2 16 AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (650 mm+150 mm) 2 4 16-18 AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (650 mm) 2 2 16 AWG
SATA (500mm+145mm+145mm+145mm) 3 12 18 AWG
4-pin Molex (500mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 1 4 18 AWG
AC Power Cord (1400mm) – C13 coupler 1 1 18 AWG

What We Like About the XPG Core Reactor

The modular design of the XPG Core Reactor is a massive plus. The ability to select the number of cables you need to power your rig’s components means smoother sailing in the cable management department.

core reactor connectors

This beastly unit also features alternative sleep mode support (ASM) and super-high efficiency when dealing with lighter loads. Both of these capabilities are excellent additions and give the Core Reactor a slight edge over competitors like the Corsair RM750. ASM is a precursor to Microsoft’s Power Sleep and enables a PC to “wake up” from sleep mode almost as fast as a smartphone does. To achieve this, a PSU needs to be able to power the device at super-high speeds, and the Core Reactor does hold up to that promise.

core reactor overshot

The inclusion of ASM, combined with 70% efficiency at 2% of max capacity load, means that the Core Reactor is compliant with the 2020 ATX standards, which may in part explain the higher price tag. Either way, you’re getting a top-of-the-line PSU that runs quietly enough when the unit is running temperatures of up to 30°C.

Tests from various outlets are also showing that the XPG Core Reactor performs highly in all areas with solid power efficiency. On average, it can handle loads with tight regulation, which is a crucial consideration for overclocking. It doesn’t beat out other high-end PSUs on the market, but it does keep in close pace as one of the top-performing units on the market.

What We Like About the XPG Pylon

When it comes to the mid-range PSU market, the XPG Pylon 650W is definitely one of the best you can get. Being a choice for the price-conscious and less demanding gamers, it foregoes any and all modularity, meaning some compromises need to be made with cable management in your rig. However, it more than makes up for it with its quiet operation and price-for-performance ratio.

pylon overshot

From tests across the board, it’s pretty clear that the 650W version of the XPG Pylon is more than capable of comfortably powering an RTX3060 and Ryzen 5600X combo. This means you can easily build a decent gaming rig without worrying if it’s getting enough juice.

pylon hero shot

Like its older brother, the Core Reactor, the Pylon has a compact body that can fit comfortably in most cases while allowing for enough room for the unit to breathe.

Which XPG Power Supply Should I Buy?

Both the Pylon 650W and the Core Reactor 750W are fine purchases with good quality-to-price ratios. Your choice will effectively boil down to what type of gaming system you’re building.

The Pylon is one of the best mid-range PSUs on the market. It outperforms pretty much any other unit on this market, with very few exceptions. Its biggest downside isn’t so much its lack of modularity as it is in cable distribution. It has two EPS connectors, but they’re chained together, meaning it’s nearly impossible to take advantage of both unless you have some crazy good cable management going. If you’re an RGB junkie, the Pylon will also disappoint as it doesn’t have any built-in lighting of its own. That all being said, if you’re looking at this price range, you’re probably not working with a high-end motherboard, nor are you looking to light up every corner of your setup, making the XPG Pylon 650W the best bang for your buck.

Over to the more premium Core Reactor 750W, this beast is built for bigger, beefier rigs. With 750W of max power, you can power some really energy-hungry hardware out there, including some of the best graphics cards money can buy. The modular design of this PSU means you’ve got all the flexibility in the world to put together a clean setup without much hassle. Even though it’s not at the top of its category, it performs highly without being completely overshadowed by its betters. For a regular high-end gaming rig, the Core Reactor will serve you well and then some. However, suppose you’re looking to do some overclocking. In that case, you might find that this unit tends to lose out on efficiency when powering components at higher voltages due to a looser load regulation.

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Pros & Cons

XPG Pylon 650W XPG Core Reactor 750W
Pros Cons Pros Cons
Solid build quality EPS connectors are chained Top-of-the-line build quality Looser load regulation at +12V
Tight load regulation Starts to get noisy when hitting over 450W loads Light load efficiency Pricey
Light load efficiency Lack of modularity Light load efficiency Some testers reporting high inrush current readings
Quiet under normal conditions Quiet under normal conditions
Two EPS connectors Modular design
Offers long cables to make up for lack of modularity Modular cables are pretty long
Compact exterior design Compact exterior design
ASM compatible ASM compatible
Low EMI Meets 2020 ATX standards
Maintains full power even at 40°C Maintains full power even at 47°C
Best performance in its category Strong performance across the board
Yannis Vatis

Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 30 years of experience playing a wide spectrum of video games. When not writing about games, he's playing them, and if he's not playing them then he's definitely thinking about them.

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