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Topower Tiger 1200W Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   December 6, 2009
Category: Power Supplies
Topower
Price: $200.00
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Introduction:

Topower Computer Industrial Co Ltd was founded in Taiwan in 1986 with the main aim of manufacturing switch mode power supplies. They have now expanded their operations into Europe, Canada and the USA. To support their international sales growth they have opened up new offices in California to help their push into the American PC market. Computer switched mode power supplies are still the backbone of the Topower business along with a range of computer cases, IPC chassis, server racks and cooling solutions.

The Topower Tiger series of power supplies is a limited range of high power units available with an output power of 1000W, 1200W and 2000W using XLR connectors for the modular cables. The XLR connector has been around for many years and people working in the audio and video fields should already be familiar with this type of connector because it is widely used for professional audio and video electronics cabling applications and especially for microphones. It is strange to find the XLR connector used for carrying DC power but a little research tells me each connector terminal is capable of carrying 7.5A making them more than suitable for this application. It makes the Topower Tiger XLR-Type slightly different from the mainstream ATX power supplies but will it give it the edge? Let's have a look at the Topower Tiger 1200W, what it as to offer and how it performs.

Closer Look:

It is immediately obvious that the packaging of the Topower Tiger 1200W is unlike any other power supply I've reviewed; you'll see what I mean in a moment. The top cover shows a color photograph of the Topower Tiger with modular cables connected along the bottom row and a few short quotes about the power supply from various Website. The bottom edge carries a special edition drawer box, SLID ready and 80 Plus logos along with a small note about the patented XLR modular cables.

 

 

The side panels are used to illustrate the box contents and features and include the specification table, cable types and connector quantities.

 

 

This is the special edition drawer box which is enclosed by the cardboard sleeve shown above which can easily be removed. You'd be forgiven for thinking this was some cheap gimmick because they are far from it! The drawer unit is really well made with a dark leather effect, stitched seams and metal drawer handles that should last for years. A small clue as to the origin of this power supply can be seen in the bottom left hand corner of the photograph on the right - Tagan.

 

 

Drawer units slightly withdrawn to give a sneak preview of the contents.

 

The lower larger drawer holds the bubble wrapped power supply and smaller top drawer contains the modular cables and accessories.

 

 

Power supply, user manual, modular cables and a power cord make up the main accessories in addition to the items shown below.

 

 

Cable management is made a little easier with the inclusion of five colored Velcro straps and a couple of small black cable ties along with power supply mounting screws. The four black adapters shown below are SATA to 4 pin peripheral adapters should the three included on the power supply not be enough.

 

The Topower Tiger 1200W XLR packaging is of the highest quality and the included drawer unit is a nice addition which not only removes the need for a modular cable bag but also provides somewhere to store all those important little pieces. The accessories bundle provides everything that is needed for a successful build including a well written and comprehensive user manual. Let's move on and take a closer look at the power supply.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Specification & Features
  4. Testing: DC Voltage Load Regulation At 110VAC & 230VAC
  5. Testing: Efficiency, Power Factor & DC Quality
  6. Testing: Temperature, Noise Level & Fan Speed
  7. Conclusion
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