Thermaltake ToughPower XT 750W Power Supply Review

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:j_awBWr_RwUTCM:http://service.pcconnection.com/images/inhouse/9802350.jpgThere are two types of users: those making as small a footprint as possible in the environmental conditions by using computers like the Eeetop or netbooks and then there are the enthusiasts. While I wouldn’t say the equipment itself is any less harmful for the environment but we are definitely sucking more power than the average user so what can we do to appease our consciences? Simply get a more efficient power supply. Thermaltake has been around for a long time and they have a name for being a quality product manufacturer and the latest line of ToughPower PSUs are no exception. Not only are they giving you quality parts like Japanese Capacitors but they also boast a bronze Efficiency requirement which means cleaner power and more efficient use of said power. Let’s get a look at the Thermaltake ToughPower XT 750W Power Supply and see how it stacks up:

Provided by: Thermaltake

Price: $145.99

Closer Look:

 

Specifications and Features:

 

– Wattage 750 Watts
– Fan 140mm Fan

1900 RPM

– Efficiency Up to 88%
– PFC Active PFC
– Hold-Up Time 16ms
– Switches ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch
– Motherboard Connectors 20+4-pin Main Connector
8-pin Power Connector
4-pin Power Connector
– Power Good Signal 100-500ms
– Form Factor
– Dimension 6.3 x 5.9 x 3.4 inch
160 x 150 x 86 mm
– Warranty 5 years
– Certifications
– Input Voltage 100 VAC ~ 240 VAC
– Input Current 115VAC/10A Max. 230VAC/5A Max.
– Input Frequency Range 47 ~ 63 Hz
– Inrush Current
– Operating Range 100 VAC ~ 240 VAC
– MTBF 120,000
– RFI / EMI UL/CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, BSMI, GOST-R Certified
– Output Table
– Operating Temperature 10 ℃ to +50 ℃
– Storage Temperature -20 ℃ to +70 ℃
– Operating Humidity 20% to 90%,non-condensing
– Storage Humidity 5% to 95%, non-condensing

 

FanDelayCool:
evolved from high-end projector’s cooling system, FanDelayCool enables users to control how long the 14cm fan should continue to operate (up to 30 seconds) after system shutdown
– S.P.T. Indicator:
indicates the standby, PG signal, and temperature status of the power supply
12Vin1:
single +12V rail provides the best compatibility for the latest components
High Quality Japanese Capacitors provide superb performance and reliability
S.F.C. Quiet:
Toughpower XT’s 14cm dual-ball bearing cooling fan is equipped with S.F.C. Quiet technology so that
the fan always operates at optimal speed for quiet operation.
– Gold-plated connectors for superior conductivity.
– Meet 80PLUS Bronze Efficiency Requirement: Eco-Friendly design for the highest efficiency, least heat,
and also lower energy bills.
– 5-Year Warranty: Thermaltake quality 5-year warranty for parts and labor.
– 14cm ball bearing cooling fan with Japanese made 8mm bearing system.
– Compliance with Intel ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards.
– Support dual 8-pin PCI-E & dual 6-pin PCI-E connectors for next generation graphic cards.
– Guaranteed to deliver stable continuous output at 50℃ environment.
– Universal AC input 100V~240V and Active PFC (PF value up to 99%).
– DIMENSION: 5.9”(W) x 3.4”(H) x 6.3” (L);150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 160mm(L)
– Protections: Over Power, Over Voltage, and Short-Circuit protection.
– Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOST and BSMI certified.

Testing Setup:

  •  Asus P6T SEX58 Motherboard
  • Core i7 920 CPU
  • 6GB Crucial Balistix 8-8-8-24 1600mHz
  • Asus EAH 4850
  • 750 GB Seagate Barracuda
  • Vista Ultimate 64bit
  • Inwin 850 Commander Series PSU
  • EAH 4850

Testing:

For testing I will be doing a few standard tests. First I will connect a LCD power supply tester before I connect it to my PC. Next I will record the voltages while it runs idle and then under load, which will be achieved by running the Prime 95 burn-in test. The idle and load numbers will be regulated by the on board motherboard sensors. I will be testing the Nexus RX-1K 1000 watt PSU against the Thermaltake Toughtpower 750 watt PSU.

 LCD Tester

PSU

Nexus RX-1K 1000 watt PSU

Thermaltake Toughtpower 750 watt PSU

+5

5

4.9

+12

12.1

12

+3.3

3.3

3.3

+-12v

11.6

12.2

+12v2

12

11.8

5vsb

5

5

PG

270 ms

280 ms

 Idle / Load Voltages

 

PSU

Nexus RX-1K 1000 watt PSU

Thermaltake Toughtpower 750 watt

State

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

+12v

11.40

11.40

11.35

11.35

AVcc

3.36

3.36

3.33

3.33

So from these we can see that both of these PSU are very good and stable under load and idle conditions, and we can see that all the rails are producing the proper power that they should be which makes both a great option. With the Nexus RX-1K 1000 watt PSU however you still get a lot more power, it is at least partially modular which helps clean up the case and makes cable management a lot easier. The Thermaltake is a lot less expensive though so depending on your needs the choice is yours.

 

Conclusion:

So what are my thoughts on the Thermaltake ToughPower line? All positive I love that there is no power fluctuations between load and idle, also all of the Voltages where well within tolerable limits and because of the quality components this power supply will probably run for years to come.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, Thermaltake has never let me down nore has it ever tried sneaking in a poor quality product under a trusted name. Anyone that is looking for a great powesupply with some very cool extras most power supplys do not come with than the Thermaltake ToughPower XT series is one to check out for sure.

Pros:

  • PRices
  • Quality
  • LED Indicators
  • Fan Delay should drastically improve your PSUs life

Cons:

  • This Particular Model is Not Modular

 

 


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