Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - March 20, 2009
Category: Power Supplies
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The power requirements of the latest processors and chipsets are on par with their predecessors and it looks like the graphics card and the +12V rail will continue to drive the power supply market. The power available on the 12V rails of current ATX power supplies can be a massive 60 amps and above, with the majority of it used to power high end, power hungry graphics cards in single or multiple configurations. Will the power requirements of mainstream graphic cards continue to rise as the computer enthusiasts demand higher and higher video quality from the latest PC games? Time will tell, but there has to come a time when either current ATX PC architecture cannot cater for the currents and temperatures involved or there is a major change of direction focusing on low power and more energy efficient technologies that pay some regard to green issues and the environment.
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W cable management (Model W0230 RE) is an example of the high current, single 12V rail power supply, so let's have a closer look and see how it performs.
"Toughpower XT, the most advanced and no-compromise power supply. Each power supply is individually tested to ensure utmost compatibility with all of today’s most advanced gaming processors such as Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Phenom™ II series and power-hungry graphic cards from AMD or Nvidia®. Premium features such as FanDelayCool and S.P.T. Status Indicator give the users all-round control and visibility into the power supply’s performance and reliability. No matter what your critical application demands, Toughpower XT delivers an incredible breakthrough in gaming performance that is second-to-none."
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W packaging is of the highest quality. The lid actually lifts like the cover of a book to reveal further information on the power supply and its features. The 850W label you can see in the photograph is a cardboard sleeve that fits neatly onto the lid and leads me to believe the same packaging is used throughout the range. On the top are power supply photographs along with an 80 Plus bronze, Thermaltake eco-friendly and five year warranty logo. The base of the box carries the specification table, connector types and quantities and a graph showing how the FanDelayCool feature continues to cool the power supply after shutdown.
That's the lid that's dropped back in the first photograph and not a weird shaped box. The photograph on the right is the side of the Toughpower XT 850W with the S.P.T. indicators and it's not showing my poor photography skills, it's meant to fade in.
The box side panels provide information on model number, serial number and agency approvals.
The lid, which when lifted, gives further information on features around a photograph of the Toughpower XT and on the box top there is a feature list against a close up photograph of the power supply exhaust grill and internal coil.
Open up the packaging and there's a box within a box. Nothing of note here, just a black box bearing several Toughpower XT logos.
Lift the lid and the contents are neatly arranged. The power supply is protected with bubble wrap and enclosed in a two part, black foam envelope. The warranty card, comprehensive user manual in several different languages and a Key 3 Spirit leaflet are all visible under the lid.
Next to the bubble wrapped power supply is the single hard wired 20+4 connector cable neatly held in place with a black wire tie. The complete accessories bundle showing the modular cable bag, user manual, Key 3 Spirit leaflet, "Thank you for buying the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W" leaflet, warranty details, adapter cable bag and a plastic bag containing adapter cables and fixing components.
Quality packaging that fully protects the power supply and a good set of accessories. What more could you need?