Not too long ago, Thermaltake wheeled a massive power supply through my doors as part of their flagship line of units, the DPS-G RGB Titanium line. And it was pretty sweet with a tricked out color changing LED fan. Well, Thermaltake figures that perhaps you might want that same fancy LED fan on something not quite as expensive, so they’ve added it to their 80 Plus Gold line of DPS-G models. That’s what I’m looking at today in the DPS-G RGB 850W Gold unit. Of course, this model has full compatibility with Thermaltake’s DPS app, too, so there are a lot of features packed in here. Shall we see how this unit does?
SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Toughpower DPS G RGB 850W Gold
PROD LINK: DPS G RGB 850W Gold Product Page
PRICE: $169.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
A lot of you may remember that we started this year off with a bang when Thermaltake brought us the first of their 80 Plus Titanium units to have a little look-see. Though it ended up being quite a good performer, it also came with a very high price tag that continues to flirt with the $400 mark even as I type this. Part of that high cost was in the Titanium efficiency, yes, but another big part of it was the high degree of software monitoring that unit had. It had a blingy LED fan that could be color changed at your whim and could even be monitored remotely by an app on your phone.
Well, we’re still waiting on the rest of that Titanium line to show up here in the lab, but the good news is that if you don’t want to wait and just need all that software support and LED fan, Thermaltake still has you covered. Meet the DPS G RGB 850 watt unit. All the bling you could ever want in a power supply.
Thermaltake is very high on their software support on these DPS units. Initially, all we had was some control over the fan and some modest monitoring options. No clouds, no phone apps. Since then, it has grown to the point you can now even shut down your computer from anywhere using the phone app, compare stats, and send a man to the moon.
That last one may not be a thing… hard to be sure. I’m very, very sick today. But there is one thing I am sure about – I worry that Thermaltake might be putting too much focus on the software side of things and not enough on performance. This is a power supply for a computer… there’s only so much we need from it. But we’ll get to the performance part of it when we load test this unit.
If there ever was any doubt that the software is a major marketing point for this unit, that doubt should be gone now. It’s all over the box. Personally, I still do not care for this cloud business, but if it’s your thing good for you.
Even so, I find myself wondering one simple question… what does this Thermaltake software do that TeamViewer can’t? I mean… TeamViewer has apps for your phone, too, and can remotely control your entire computer – not just shut it down. It’s been a godsend for me as a crypto miner because I can go in and screw with my mining rigs while I’m on vacation somewhere. One of those rigs is even running that 1250W DPS RGB Titanium unit. It’s been doing so since January. Do you know what I use the DPS app for on that machine? Maybe five seconds’ worth of power draw checking on a new algorithm before it’s dismissed again and I go back to TeamViewer.
Then again, I was never able to check on the more advanced features of the DPS app on that unit, like controlling it via the smartphone. I was never able to register that unit to enable that part of it to work. Perhaps it will work better with this one. Thermaltake has cautioned me to use only version 2.3.2 or later with this unit, and I wonder why that is. I was given version 2.2.16 to use with the 1250W unit. Has Thermaltake made changes to the interface? Will some features work and some not? Is the difference limited to the new scheduled power shutdown and remote power off features only?
I hope to find out the answers to all these questions as the review goes on. But meantime, we need to get through these box pictures.
Of course, being a power supply, we have the usual performance related promises. 80 Plus Gold works with new processors, and the like. But even here we apparently need a reminder on how you can do software stuff with it like Facebookings and stuff. Kind of reminds me of those recent GM commercials. You know the ones, right? Where they spend the whole blasted commercial telling you how awesome their car is that it supports Apple CarPlay, while the whole time the car doesn’t move a millimeter? Yeah, I don’t buy cars on how many Instagrams per mile they get, GM. Cars are for driving. You used to know that, once. Nobody gives a red hot bowl of cactus pudding about Siri’s latest attempts to become sentient when they’re driving down the road and that deer decides to get a better look at the radiator grille at two in the morning.
Power supplies are for power supplying. That’s their job. Their one job. I really do hope Thermaltake hasn’t forgotten that.
Enough with the box. Let’s unpack.
Thus far, we have a power supply in a blankie, a bag full of stuff, and a clear plastic pouch with a warranty guide and user guide. The documentation is just like the 1250W unit… not great, but at least we have some.
Inside the bag of stuff, I found… stuff. Lots of ribbon-style modular cables and a smaller bag of… more stuff.
That smaller bag of stuff contains the USB to motherboard interface cable, some screws, some zip ties, and… sigh. An 18 gauge power cord. Too small. We’re back to this again, Thermaltake? I will be scoring on that again, just so you know. An 850W Titanium unit is pushing things with a power cord that thin, never mind a Gold unit like this one. If this unit actually hits Gold without slipping, we will be walking right up to the max power line for this power cord. Personally, I prefer a 16 gauge line cord at this level. Some companies even throw in 14 gauge, though that is overkill below 1200 watts or so.
At least this isn’t a fire hazard at the 850W level, as it was with that big 1475W monster from a few years back. Thermaltake promised back then that they would fix it. And they did, from what I’ve heard. Looks like they need to fix it again.