It’s a brand new year here in the test lab, and with it comes a brand new unit fresh on the scene. 80 Plus Titanium units are still pretty slow to hit the market, but I’m predicting we’ll see more than a few of them this year as companies are able to get them into the market. Our first such unit comes from Thermaltake, and on the surface looks like it’s going to be hard to beat. This is a 1250 watt monster featuring individually sleeved cables, software monitoring, and even a fan you can change the illumination color of at your whim. Let’s find out if it can hang with the other big Titanium units out there. There’s not a lot of competition for it, so it’s got a chance.
SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium
PROD LINK: DPS G RGB Titanium Product Page
PRICE: $379.99 MSRP
Price is at the time of testing!
Hello, everybody! It’s a new year and we’re going to start it off right… with 80 Plus Titanium. My fifth ever review of a Titanium unit will be the subject you see in the shot above – the brand new Thermaltake Toughpower DPS-G 1250 watt unit. And from the looks of things, Thermaltake is pulling out all the stops with this bad boy. Already on the front of the box, we can see such things as a 10-year warranty, full modularity, and software control all being bragged about. This means we’re looking at only the second software controlled power supply of the Titanium flavor ever, the other being the Corsair AX1500i.
We also have an intriguing shot of a multi-colored fan on the front of the box. I wonder how that works… can we control the color through the DPS software, or will we be forced to watch the fan color cycle endlessly and distractingly? We’ll find out later in the review, I’m sure. Meantime, let’s take a gander at the box some more.
Like all boxes, this one brags about features. Unlike all boxes, though, it brags about features I rarely see. The unit is indeed software enabled, yes, but it apparently goes further than that. The software looks to integrate with the Thermaltake cloud server, which in turn enables you to monitor the unit through a mobile app. Now… that’s cool and all, but this thing got here on really short notice. It was due to arrive Christmas Eve but didn’t show up until five days later. That was no surprise to me – courier service here is pretty much “it gets there when we feel like delivering” at the best of times. I, therefore, have no time to check that stuff out, and if I’m being honest I don’t care to do anything through clouds anyway other than chasing real ones for lightning pictures. I simply don’t like having my data on somebody else’s hard drives. Maybe that’s just me.
There are some other intriguing features being touted by this box. The first thing I’m noticing is the individually sleeved cables in the connector table. We haven’t seen that since the EVGA NEX1500. One hopes that Thermaltake has avoided the pitfalls EVGA encountered with these, and have used wire gauges thick enough to do the job. EVGA had to revise their ATX cable due to the 5VSB wire being too thin. Otherwise, I’m all for this treatment from an aesthetics perspective. They do look good. That said, they are a serious functionality drawback when it comes to cable management, so I’ll probably end up scoring against them.
Digitally controlled fan color, eh? That must mean we do get to choose the fan color for ourselves. Good.
We have more feature bragging right here, but it’s all stuff we’ve already seen elsewhere on the box. Titanium, clouds, and software control.
I say it’s time to unpack now, what say you? The unit looks well protected in that box.
Let’s see… we have a power supply in a blankie, a bag of goodies, a user guide, a bag of modular cables, and a warranty guide.
Here’s the user guide. Better than nothing, but less than I expect from a flagship product like this.
The extras included with the unit amount to several wire guides for the individually sleeved cables, some screws, a nice thick 14 gauge power cord, and some zip ties. I really like the inclusion of those cable guides – they should help a fair bit with the rat’s nest caused by individually sleeved cables.
They’re still a functionality issue, but at least Thermaltake is giving us a way to mitigate that somewhat.