Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - January 25, 2010
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Closer Look (The Power Supply):
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W is housed in a standard ATX power supply case and given a satin dark green finish.
The rear of the power supply with a large hexagonal holed exhaust grill, mains on/off switch, IEC mains input connector, and the FanDelayCool miniature slide switch. The front face of the power supply shows the modular cable connector panel and captive 20/24-pin motherboard cable, with its rather untidy looking sleeving that doesn't quite make it into the power supply. The modular cable connectors are all clearly labeled and color coded to avoid confusion and make cable connection easier.
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W power supply carries an aluminum label on one side which clearly indicates the wattage rating along with the Thermaltake logo and Toughpower XT model name. The LEDs for the S.P.Tindicator are also mounted on this side of the power supply. The opposite side of the power supply shows the production/test label and a few small extra ventilation slots to aid cooling.
The top face of the power supply shows the comprehensive specification label which also shows all the agency approvals and an 80 Plus Bronze logo. The cooling fan grill on the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W is unusual in that it is pressed out of the case eliminating the need for a separate grill like most other power supplies.
The next photographs show the only captive cable, the 20/24-pin motherboard connector, along with the full complement of modular cables. The plug colors on the modular cables, black for peripheral and red for PCI-E, match the modular connectors on the rear of the case.
The cooling fan in the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W is a TT-1425B, manufactured by Yate Loon. A small, clear plastic baffle is installed just behind the fan to help divert the air flow and presumably improve cooling. The small printed circuit and connector in the bottom left hand side of the photograph carry the S.P.Tindicator LEDs.
The printed circuit board used is virtually identical to one fitted in the 850W version of this unit. The three large black heatsinks, with large surface areas, will help dissipate the heat generated by the power supply during heavy loading. It's a little cramped and untidy in there but take into consideration the 750W rating of the power supply.
The capacitors used in the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W are good quality KZE series by Chemi-Con with a temperature rating of 105°C, apart from the main primary smoothing capacitor that carries an 85°C rating.
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W comes with a great set of accessories all housed in good quality packaging. Let's see how it performs.