Reviews - Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W
Sample Provided by: Thermaltake (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Oct-25-2009)

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Oh... hello there. I didn't see you come in, what with me hanging all these Halloween decorations. What? Santa Claus isn't a Halloween thing? Sigh - ok. But I'm not taking off the Ghostbusters costume.

While I'm doing that, take a look at the following picture. Today's review sample comes from Thermaltake in the Toughpower XT, 750 watt model. You'll recall that the last time I took a look at this line, it turned out to be overwhelmingly expensive and underwhelmingly bland as a performer. Since then, Thermaltake has gone back to the drawing board to try and bring the performance level up a bit. We'll see if they were successful in a little while.

For now, while Egon over there practices drilling holes in his head, we'll examine some box pictures. Five year warranty. 80 Plus Bronze. High Quality. Performance. Quiet. These are all things promised by the box front. These were all things promised by the last Toughpower XT model I looked at.

Oh, no you don't, Thermaltake. I'm not typing all this out again. Say hello to my little friends - the control and V keys. I'm going to copy and paste this right down to most of my snarky little comments. Yes, the box marketing is identical to the stuff from the XT 850W review.

  • 12Vin1:
    As the +12Vrails deliver the major power to many of the components in a modern PC system, it is important to ensure each +12V rail provides adequate current for the relevant components. Inadequate current in any rail or poor distribution of current among the rails may lead to serious compatibility problems. Thermaltake understands your worries of the compatibility between PSU and your system, so we implement a pure and powerful single +12V rail to provide the best compatibility for your PC.
    -oh, man... where to begin. Friends, a properly designed and well built PSU is a properly designed and well built PSU, regardless of 12V rail topology. I know single 12V designs that suck lemons, and I know sextuple designs that utterly rock the house. The key is to do your homework beforehand and buy a unit appropriately sized to your hardware needs, and you will find that for the most part the unit's designers have done their job properly, whether your target PSU is single 12V or not.
  • High Quality Japanese Capacitor:
    Capacitors play very important roles in a power supply unit. Poor capacitors may lead to shorter life time, system instability, voltages fluctuating, and even damage the power supply unit. Toughpower XT series, built to the highest standard of quality, has implemented the high quality capacitors on the primary side and also the secondary side. All the high quality capacitors in Toughpower XT power supply units are Japanese-made and have the highest level of workmanship.
    -while this is all pretty much true, they left one out here. Failing capacitors can also increase ripple and noise, because they can no longer suppress it properly. But you'd have to be running a poorly built unit with "out of the back of a white van" capacitors to worry about that much these days. Many second tier capacitor brands like Teapo and Samxon actually do pretty well in computer SMPS use.
  • S.P.T. Indicator:
    Traditional power supplies tell you nothing about the status of your PSU so users find no way to protect their PSUs against failure. To help you monitor your power supply, Toughpower XT series utilizes S.P.T. indicator to indicate the standby mode, the power good signal, and the temperature of your PSU, bringing you the real-time monitoring over the power supply.
    -I expect this is somewhat more useful than the less common S.P.U.D. indicator, which only tells you if Slimer's in the house.
  • S.F.C. Quiet:
    Noise can be annoying and even harmful to human health. To bring the best comfortability to users, Thermaltake's designers minimize the noise generated by our products to the lowest level. All Toughpower XT power supply units' 14cm dual ball bearing cooling fan is equipped with S.F.C. Quiet technology so that the fan always operates at optimal speed (according to temperature inside the power supply unit) for the quietest performance.
    -I don't know about you, but I'm hoping those letters don't stand for Super Fighting Chicken. I'd hate to have a Peter Griffin moment up in here. I already have too many moments like that. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway... no, wait, on second thought, I don't think I should complete that sentence if I want to keep what's left of my sanity.
  • FanDelayCool:
    Thermaltake lab, after years of careful tests and experiments, has discovered many of the PSU failures are caused by the fan's immediate stop after powering off. To better protect your power supply, FanDelayCool, derive from high-end projector's cooling fan, enables users to control how long the 14cm fan should continue to operate (up to 30 seconds) after system shutdown. This is to assure all components inside the power supply to be thoroughly cooled off.
    -Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Years of tests? Many failures? Projector cooling fans? Give me a break here. This feature is something I like, because the primary side of the unit along with the standby circuits is always up and running on most of these things, but this blurb is stretching things just a bit. If this unit is built on the platform I think it is (we'll see on page four), this little feature has been present on it already for years. You just couldn't turn the feature off, like this one claims, and more often than not it was undocumented. Moreover, the most heat susceptible components are the capacitors. A unit like this, using the good stuff from Japan, would never ever have to worry about a significantly shortened life span just because the fan didn't stay on after shutdown. It's a nice feature, but you won't trigger the return of Gozer the Gozarian if your next unit doesn't have it.
  • High Quality
    As a new generation of ultra enthusiast system, Toughpower XT series has been built to the world's highest standard of quality, providing users with Thermaltake quality 5-year warranty for parts and labor. Besides, all the high quality capacitors in Toughpower XT power supply units are Japanese-made and have the highest level of workmanship. Engineers at Thermaltake lab have made every effort to ensure each Toughpower XT Series power supply unit satisfies our severe requirements for quality, durability, and performance.
  • Performance
    Toughpower XT Series power supply unit features a number of cutting-edge innovations that set it above the competition. New features such as FanDelayCool for thorough cooling, S.P.T. indicator, and 12Vin1 will all bring users the best performance. Besides, using exceptional quality materials and components has even made Toughpower XT Series qualifies for higher 80Plus efficiency standard.
    -just a quick note here... high quality and high efficiency are two different things. You can have one without the other.
  • Quiet
    To deliver a whole new user experience to users, Thermaltake's designers minimize the noise generated by our products to the lowest level. All Toughpower XT power supply units' 14cm dual-ball bearing cooling fan is equipped with Japanese 8mm bearing system and S.F.C. Quiet technology so that the fan always operates at optimal speed (according to temperature inside the power supply unit) for the quietest performance.

Features:

  • High-quality Japanese-made capacitors provide superb performance and reliability
  • S.P.T. indicator indicates standby, PG signal, and temperature status of the power supply
  • FanDelayCool: FDC cooling function can be selected to adjust the amount of time the cooling fan keep running after after system shutdown
  • 12Vin1: single +12V rail provides the best compatibility for the latest components
  • Gold-plated connectors for superior conductivity
  • Meet 80PLUS efficiency requirement: Eco-friendly design for the highest efficiency, least heat, and also lowers energy bills
  • TT5Years Warranty: Thermaltake quality 5-years parts and labor warranty
  • 14cm ball bearing cooling fan with Japanese made 8mm bearing system

Now that we've gone through all that hype for the second time, let's take a peek at the back of the box. Don't mind Egon and Ray - they always play with the toaster like that. Hey, guys - stop insulting the slime. I have a review to write, here, and you're messing up my concentration.

Featuring yet more marketing, the back of the box is nothing we haven't seen before in the last Thermaltake review. We get an internal temp comparison chart that proclaims that lower temps are better (gee, ya think?), a diagram on what connectors come with what unit, and some output specs for three different models.

As was the case with the 850 watt unit, removing the box reveals another box. I'll just go ahead and unpack. You know, the Ectomobile has a really annoying siren. Let me just grab this hammer here and I'll be right back.

Ah, blessed silence. Above, you can see what we get with this unit. It's pretty much the same thing we got with the 850W model. Some velcro ties, a rubber gasket, some PCI-E adapters, a power cord, a bag of modular cables, a case badge, a manual, a warranty info sheet, a "Key 3 Spirit" sheet, and... by golly, there's still enough room for a power supply. Cool! No, Egon, you cannot have the power supply when I'm done with it. Here, play with my proton pack instead. No, I will not blow my nose and then give it to you to keep. Go bug Venkman for a while.

The above shot is my subtle attempt to get them to hurry up and make Ghostbusters 3. Think it'll work? This here is a shot of the three extras that come in the bag with the manual - a sheet of yet more marketing hype, the "Key 3 Spirit" thing, and the warranty info sheet. Let's zoom in on that warranty thing for a second.

As you can see here, Thermaltake has laid out for us the warranty lengths of all their units. Some of these warranty durations are a fair bit behind the competition, yes? I mean, Corsair's gone to a seven year thing on their high end units, and all we get with the high end "Toughppower" series is five. A minor nitpick, but a nitpick nonetheless.

Why yes, Mr. Fuji is dressed like Slimer, thanks for asking. And the above picture is dressed as a user guide. A very, very large user guide.

Why am I drippings vit goo? Oh... it's because Mr. Fuji slimed me. Thanks a bunch, Mr. Fuji. Fortunately, he got no slime in the above shot, which shows us some more of the accessories I mentioned. Included are three harness adapters: two four to six pin PCI-E adapters and one four pin ATX12V extension cable.

Here's the unit itself, and it's done up in that same off brown color I found with the last XT model.

In an unfortunate turn, the one hardwired cable does not appear to be sleeved up into the case, detracting from the appearance somewhat.

Here's the back panel with its exhaust grille and "fan delay cool" switch. You can set that switch to auto, 15 seconds, or 30 seconds as desired. It controls how long the fan runs after shutdown.

As was the case with the 850W model I saw before, this unit has the same three LED treatment on the side panel. And, knowing the 850W, that big metal sticker is going to be a bear to glue back on once I take the unit apart. See, Thermaltake likes to hide screws for the cover under these metal labels, and I have to peel the labels back and bend them out of shape to get at those screws.

Here's a good look at the fan grille for you.

Here's a good look at the spec label for you. This unit has a single 60A 12V rail - not bad at all for a 750 watt model. Combined 3.3V/5V capacity is high enough to allow this unit to run older 5V based motherboards as well, like that old K7S5A in the closet.

Thermaltake Toughpower
XT 750W

+3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
30A 28A 60A 0.8A 3A
Max Power 180W 720W 9.6W 15W
750W

Here's a good look at the modular connector panel for you. Four connectors for PCI-E cables, four connectors for peripheral cables, and one connector for the mainboard's CPU power cable.

Here's a shot of the one and only hardwired cable. It's 640mm long.

The modular cables in all their glory. Let's have us a table, and I'll see you on the next page.

Type of connector: Thermaltake Toughpower
XT 750W
ATX connector (640mm) 20+4 pin
Modular Cables
8 pin EPS12V connector (640mm) 1
4 pin ATX12V connector (+150mm) 1
SATA (500mm+150mm+150mm) 6
5.25" Drive (500mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
3.5" Drive (+150mm) 2
6 pin PCIe (500mm) 2
8 pin PCIe (500mm) 2
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm

 

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