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Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   March 20, 2009
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Conclusion:

Environmental Factors:

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W box carries a small eco-friendly logo, green globe and leaf design with Tt symbol, on which I am unable to find any information. I can only pressume this logo has been designed by Thermaltake to promote its eco-friendly products. The Thermaltake packaging is not in my opinion very eco-friendly due to the amount of cardboard and foam used in the packaging, but if it refers to the electrical operation of the power supply then it is well deserved as the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W is one of the most energy efficient units I have tested.

 

Price Per the Watt:

Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W at $TBA = ?/Watt (March 2009)

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W performed flawlessly from start to finish. The DC voltage load regulation is excellent and the efficiency amongst the highest I have tested and fully deserving of the 80 Plus Bronze certification.

This Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W carries the AMD Game Ready and ATI Crossfire X Technology logos. The only information I can find on AMD Game Ready is a minimum PC specification (Athlon X2 5600, ATI Radeon HD3650, AMD 770 or Nvidia nForce 500 chipset & 2GB DDR2 memory) to meet before it can carry the logo but with the wide variety of different manufacturers producing these parts does this certification really mean anything? How does the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W fit into the AMD Game Ready scheme? Perhaps Thermaltake is telling us that the Toughpower XT 850W is capable of running the AMD Game Ready computer? I cannot find this variant of the power supply, the W0230, on the ATI website list for Crossfire X certification although it is claimed. The non cable managment W0224 hardwired version is listed but not the W0230 cable management unit. A small point, I know, but if certification is claimed then it should be listed. The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W will, I'm sure, easily power any dual graphics card installation and with the inclusion of adapter cables to give either 4 x 6 pin PCI-E connectors or 2 x 8 pin plus 2 x 6 pin PCI-E connectors, powering the cards will not be a problem.

I highly recommend the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W to anyone in the market for an 850W modular power supply. It is well packed for transit, includes an excellent set of accessories and the performance is excellent and for these reasons I have no hesitation in awarding this power supply the OCC Gold award.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent all around performance
  • 80 Plus Bronze certification
  • MTBF > 120,000 hours
  • Five year warranty
  • Good accessories bundle
  • Cable lengths
  • FanDelayCool
  • S.P.T. Indicator

 

Cons:

  • Fan noise at full load

 

 

OCC Gold



  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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