Thermaltake Toughpower 850W Gold Power Supply

Thermaltake comes back to the site from a long hiatus today with their new Toughpower Gold unit, the TPD-0850M. This is an 850 watt unit featuring semi-modularity, ribbon cabling, and a single 12V rail at a really attractive price point.

SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Toughpower 850W Gold
PROD LINK: Thermaltake’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $119.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Wow… it’s been more than a year now since I last reviewed a Thermaltake unit. As I recall, it was their then brand new DPS 850 watt unit, in which we saw some amazing performance indeed from their answer to the likes of the Corsair AX860i.

But not everyone needs or wants a tricked out high-end unit with the latest and greatest features. Sometimes, we want something well built that’ll just hold up for years. And that, folks, is what the Toughpower line has always been intended for. Excellence without a lot of frills. We’re looking at the latest unit in that series, the TPD-0850M. 80 Plus Gold, five-year warranty, modular flat cables. That’s what Thermaltake’s brought me today.

And Thermaltake’s also brought some marketing. Japanese capacitors. Single 12V rail. Silent fan. If you’re a person who likes tables with specs in them, they have you covered here too.

And the marketing doesn’t stop with the back of the box, no. This is a side panel, in which we see Haswell compatibility still being used for marketing.

I’ve commented on that before, but it bears repeating… if you have a power supply, it’s either compatible with Haswell out of the box, or will be as soon as you go into BIOS and disable the C7 sleep state. Group regulated units don’t tend to like it when you drop their loading on any one rail to almost nothing, and that’s the whole reason we ever had a Haswell compatibility issue to begin with. Indy regulated units and VRM designs never had a problem with Haswell, because they didn’t lose their minds when you unloaded any one rail.

The bottom line is, if you have a good unit made in the last few years that uses VRMs, as most units this size do now, you are automatically good for Haswell. If you have a group regulated unit like an old FSP Epsilon, just disable C7. No problem. It couldn’t be easier.

It’s time to unpack.

Looks like we get a power supply in a blankie, a bag of accessories, a warranty guide, a user guide, and a bag of modular cables.

Here’s the warranty guide.

And here’s the user guide, which covers a ton of models and is basically just one big folded piece of paper in several languages. But, the info on it is mostly complete. I’ve seen better, but so far I’m ok with this without taking points off later.

The bag of accessories doesn’t, in fact, have much in it. Four zip ties, a bag of screws, and a stout power cord. Oh, and a bag of desiccant, which is completely in the wrong place. You don’t put these in the accessories bag, because then you’re only protecting the stuff in the bag from ambient moisture. No, we need the power supply itself to get that protection, which is why most companies leave them rattling around loose in the box, not sealed away in some plastic bag.