Tagan EasyCon XL 700W: A Tagan at Last

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EXTERNAL TOUR

The appearance is fairly unremarkable. The matte black finish is pretty much par for the high end course, but there's no sign of shiny titanium or glowing LED lights. There are a few places where Tagan has branded their logo onto the casing, but that's pretty much where the visual adornments stop.


Note the extremely open rear grill.

There are a couple of minor design quirks that set the EasyCon XL apart from other power supplies. One is the length: At 175mm long, it complies with the recommended length for EPS12V power supplies in its capacity level. The only problem is that some cases are only designed to fit the 140mm length that is standard for ATX12V units. You'll want to double-check that your case has room for a longer power supply — and don't forget that the detachable cables add about three centimeters to the total length.


Venting along the side of the casing keeps hot components cool.

The other unusual aspect of the exterior is a long vent that runs down one side of the power supply. Presumably, there are hot components here that would otherwise be improperly cooled. However, the position of these vents is a little strange, as there's not always a lot of space for airflow between the power supply and the side panel.

CABLES AND CONNECTORS

There are a total of fourteen cable sets (wow), all of which are sleeved in either black vinyl or copper EMI shielding:

  • 18" cable for main 20+4-pin ATX connector — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 18" cable for 4+4-pin AUX12V connector — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 18" ground wire
  • 2 x 21" cables for 6-pin PCIe connector — with a ferrite ring and sleeved in copper mesh
  • 2 x 23" cables with two 4-pin IDE drive connectors — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 1 x 18" cable with two 4-pin IDE drive connectors — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 1 x 21" cable with one 4-pin IDE drive connector — with a ferrite ring and sleeved in copper mesh
  • 2 x 23" cables with two SATA drive connectors — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 2 x 18" cables with two SATA drive connectors — sleeved in black vinyl
  • 1 x Molex to 2 x Floppy adapter with one 6" cable and one 10" cable

Overall, we were a bit surprised at how short the cables seemed to be, the main motherboard and AUX cables in particular. 18" is not long enough for some high end cases (for example, Antec's P180), especially those with unusual layouts. We also found the cables very stiff and hard to manage, especially the cables with copper sleeving.

Aside from the main motherboard headers, the +12V AUX connector, and the mysterious ground wire, all of the cables are modular and need only be installed when necessary.


Unusual modular connections that appear to be modified PCIe plugs.

The modular connectors are large and easy to grip, and they mate snugly and securely. In fact, they're a little too snug: The photo below shows what can happen if you pull a little too enthusiastically when you're disconnecting the cables...


The modular sockets can be pulled out by accident.

The two PCI Express cables are color coded and use slightly different plugs from the rest of the cables, making it impossible to accidentally plug the cables in wrongly.



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