Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P OverviewRHKCommander959 - September 9, 2013
Category: Power Supplies
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Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P Introduction:
Power supply technology has grown to target multiple needs – features can include high efficiency, high output, high quality, low noise, low temperatures, durable, convenience (modular), affordability (which often means some of those previously mentioned features were sacrificed), and anything else that has been left out. Over the years the average power consumption has not fluctuated very much; each generation of computer technology is faster, but energy consumption is swayed by increases in efficiency. What this means is that energy output is not a priority on research and development for power supply manufacturers. The main development lately has been in increasing efficiency recognized generally through the 80 PLUS certification program where manufacturers volunteer their products and are tested, and then given an efficiency rating ranging from 80 PLUS to 80 PLUS Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Titanium. This naming convention makes it easy for consumers to find out approximately how efficient they could expect a given unit to be in their system. Power supplies at different price points combine various features together; the cheaper units will have less whereas more expensive will obviously have more features.
Up for review is the Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P power supply unit. This unit is high mid-range and should show minimal sacrifices, one of which is a lack of modular or even sleeved cabling. Instead Thermaltake opted for black ribbon cables comprised of several wires connected together. This keeps the unit looking elegant without the inherent costs of sleeved and modular cabling. The SP-750M is another model that is offered with modular wiring at a higher cost. The unit is a high efficiency model rated 80 PLUS Bronze; this means consumers on 115VAC can expect 82% efficiency (81% for 230VAC) at 20% and 100% loads, and 85% efficiency at 50% load for either 115VAC or 230VAC. Efficiency is important for multiple reasons: the more efficient a unit is at converting the power from AC to DC means it will waste less electricity and also generate less heat, both of which are good things!
The rated output of the power supply unit is not affected by efficiency; what that means is an 80 PLUS 750W unit provides the same amount of DC power potential to the system components as an 80 PLUS Bronze 750W unit, it just takes more AC power to do the conversion. When buying a power supply unit it is a good idea to try to buy big in terms of power output, remember that the highest efficiency was around half-loaded plus buying a much larger supply leaves room for future upgrades.
Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P Closer Look:
The Thermaltake SMART 750W power supply is packed in a nice, smooth box. The color scheme – both on the box and power supply itself – is mainly black, gray, and bronze colorings. The top of the box lists the 80 PLUS Bronze rating, five-year warranty, and ErP Lot 6 (European regulation designed to lower standby power consumption, especially when combined with ErP motherboards). The center explains what the SMART Series moniker is for: “SMART Series power supplies were tested with live PC systems during design phase to deliver maximum compatibility with current components.” Flipping the box over shows a fairly comprehensive list of features and specifications. The left side has pictures of the Japanese Main capacitor, OCP/OVP/UVP/OPP/SCP protection, 140mm fan, and the black ribbon cables that are misidentified as modular. The right side lists the voltages and amperage supplied as well as how many connectors to expect (one 24-pin Main, one 4+4-pin ATX/EPS, four Molex Peripheral, eight SATA, four 6+2-pin PCIE, and one FDD). The bottom shows the efficiency at given load capacities, fan speed and noise versus load capacity, and some of the different regulatory certifications that this unit has.
One side of the box has the main features listed in several of the most popular languages in the world. Details include the ATX V2.3 and EPS 12V standard support, 750W of continuous output at 40 °C, 80 PLUS Bronze certification, and it also calls the cables modular again although this power supply is not modular. The other sides of the box have the Thermaltake logo or an isometric view of the power supply unit with SMART 750W printed nearby.
Opening the box reveals the manuals sitting atop the power supply unit, which itself is protected by a bubble-wrapping formed into a pouch. The cables are held together in a clump using a twist tie, and a silica gel desiccant packet is also held under the tie. Included with the power supply is a power cable, pack of four black screws, and two manuals.
Continue on to the next page to get a look at the power supply unit itself!