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Thermaltake Purepower TWV 500W Power Supply Unit Review

Former staff writer    -   April 24, 2006


Specifications

Thermaltake Purepower TWV 500W
  • Max. Power - 500 watts
  • PFC (Power Factor Correction) - Active PFC
  • Rear rocker switch for quick and easy on and off
  • Cooling - 120X120X25, Blue LED 12cm fan, Speed 1300 to 2800 RPM
  • Noise - 1700db @ 1300RPM (Once you get up to 2800RPMs it does get rather loud)
  • P.G. Signal - 100 to 500ms
  • OVP (Over Voltage Protection) - +5V trip point < +7.0V | +3.3V trip point < +4.5V | +12V trip point < +16V
  • PSU size - 15cm (L) x14cm (W) x8.6cm (H)
  • PSU Weight - 2.0kg or 4.4 lbs
  • Input Voltage 115 VAC / 230 VAC
  • Input Frequency Range 50 ~ 60 Hz
  • Input Current 10A
  • Hold-up Time 16ms
  • Efficiency < 70%



Thermaltake Total Watts Viewer
  • Fits into a typical 5.25" drive slot
  • The total watts display, which displays system power consumption
  • A machined to perfection aluminum speed control knob
  • PSU Fan Controller

Testing

Testing Setup
  • AMD 64 3800+Venice CPU
  • CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 LED
  • MSI K8N-NEO2-F
  • 2 X 512MB Crucial Ballistics DDR400
  • Vision Tek XTASY X850XTPE
  • 2 X 80gig Hitachi Desk stars (RAID 0)
  • Thermaltake Purepower TWV 500W
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS

Testing methods will be as follows:
The first set of test will be performed and monitored using monitoring software, which will be PC Wizard 2006 and MSIs core center. For the second set of tests I will be using a digital MM (multi-meter) for actual "true" voltage readings. The reason for the software test and for using the MM for acquiring voltage readings is this, while software testing is relatively simple to use and right at your finger tips it can also be very inaccurate and for that reason I will also be testing using a multi-meter. The multi-meter measures true and very accurate readings straight from the rail with no chance of in-accurate readings that is usually caused by software.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (continued) & Installation
  3. Specifications and Testing
  4. Conclusion
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