Topower Tiger 1200W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - December 6, 2009
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The high gloss metallic black finish of the Topower Tiger 1200W looks very well but finger prints show up very easily and care will need to be taken to avoid unsightly scratches.
The back of the power supply showing the hexagonal holed exhaust grill, mains input IEC connector and mains on/off switch. The Topower Tiger 1200W has what is described as Turbo Power On Demand in the features list which is really just a switch, seen in the bottom right hand corner of the back of the power supply, which enables the user to select multi or single 12V rail. The front face of the power supply showing the XLR connectors for the modular cables, five pin for the peripheral/SATA and 6 pin for the PCI-E supplies. This photograph also illustrates how glossy this power supply is to the point where I had to cover the camera and miniature tripod with a white sheet to avoid them appearing in the photograph.
A comprehensive specification table is attached to one side of the power supply and the other side, apart from six small ventilation ports, is blank.
The Topower Tiger 1200W uses what is a relatively small 120mm cooling fan when compared with other power supplies in this class. The fan grill is the same color as the power supply and bears a Topower Dare to be Different logo at its center. The underside of the power supply carries a few production test labels.
The captive cables on the Topower Tiger 1200W include a 20/24 pin motherboard, 4+4 pin ATX12V, 8 pin EPS12V and 4 SATA connectors all fully sleeved right up to and inside the power supply. The modular cable set are all again fully sleeved, black connectors for the peripheral/SATA and blue connectors for PCI-E power. The PCI-E cables all have a ferrite core to reduce RFI interference or what Topower call PCI-Express REMI Technology.
The cooling fan is a San Ace 120, model number 9G212G401, rated at 12VDC/0.9A and manufactured by Sanyo Denki. The San Ace brand is widely regarded as one of the best cooling fans in its class so cooling shouldn't be a problem.
I can't pin the board down to any particular manufacturer and all I can say is the layout and build quality is acceptable although a little untidy in places.
The two primary capacitors are by Teapo and rated at 85°C, 105°C would have been better but at least they are quality capacitors from a reputable manufacturer. Quality heatsinks with tons of surface area should keep the temperatures down in combination with the San Ace cooling fan.
Topower have done an excellent job with the Tiger 1200W power supply. The packaging is of the highest quality, and different, the accessories bundle is good and the finish is excellent. It's a little untidy internally but Topower have managed to get 1200W of power inside a case that is only 7" long and suitable for most PC enclosures. Let's move on and see how it performs.