Fractal Design has done a great job at creating an impressive mainstream power supply. The unit itself is small enough that it will fit in most cases and has Fractal Design’s great styling, which means the unit is going to look great in your case as well. While it may not have the premium product feel like the Newton R3, it does feel like a quality product.
As far as performance goes in our tests the voltage regulation on all of the rails were under 2% and very close to 1%, which is great as we like to see anything under 5%. The Tesla R2 also has an 80PLUS Gold certification, which means you will see 90% efficiency at 50% load and 87% efficiency at 100% load.
This is not a modular power supply so you will have to hide the cables you are not using, which should not be that much of an issue. All of the cables are nicely sleeved and protected all the way into the unit. The SATA connectors are also set on an angle which makes them much easier to connect to your drives. The Telsa R2 650W only has a single PCIe cable that has two 6+2pin connectors on it. The really does limit the number of video cards you can install with this card. Other 650W units on the market do come with four PCIe connectors.
If you are looking for a quality power supply with an 80PLUS Gold certification the Tesla R2 is a great choice. Fractal Design offers it in 500W, 650W, 800W, and 1000W versions. The 650W version we reviewed today sells online for $104.99. Fractal Design also backs the unit with a three year warranty. Overall ThinkComptuers gives the Fractal Design Tesla R2 an 8 out of 10 score.
– Good voltage regulation
– Sleek design
– Small enough to fit in most cases
– 80PLUS gold certified
– 3 year warranty
– Only two 6+2pin PCIe connectors