In my time here at jonnyGURU.com, I've looked at several Thermaltake branded units. Some have been good, some have been not so good. The flagship Toughpower XT line came to my attention way back in May of last year, when the 850 watt model in this new line came and went without gaining a recommendation. Some of my gripes at the time included too little performance at too high a price.
You may recall that Thermaltake did not take this criticism lying down, and came back with a new revision of the XT, which we tested in this 750 watt model. This time, the unit did get a recommendation, but also a few comments from me about wanting to see minor rail ripple brought under control and efficiency improved.
This brings us to March, 2010. Thermaltake appears to have listened to yours truly once again, because today I'm looking at the Toughpower XT 775 watt unit.
From the above picture, it looks to me like not only the basic XT platform has been revised, but the packaging as well. Earlier Thermaltake models were shipped in boxes big enough to house a small car. This box is significantly smaller.
But wait. There's a mistake on this box. Where is it, you ask? Why, it's the 80 Plus certification. The box claims Bronze. 80 Plus's site, however, declares the unit is good for Silver. Folks, in the load testing, it will be interesting to see which is right.
The box for this unit is refreshingly free of marketing mumbo-jumbo. It's also free of Coco Jamboo, so I felt I needed to put it up, put it down, and then put its feedback on the ground. Whatever that means. Hang on a second - I apparently have to scream and shout and then turn and say Columbo. Because the song told me to, you see.
Ok, now that that's out of my system, ei-yi-yeh, I'll tell you what we're looking at in the above picture. Among the promised features of this unit are gaming grade components, featuring Japanese and solid capacitors, pictured in the first two boxes from the top left in the above picture. The now familiar to the XT line S.P.T. indicator is also bragged about, which is the little row of LED's that indicate the unit's operating status pictured in that third graphic. The fourth little box shows off a view of the main transformer, with a little blurb below informing us of the unit's single 12V rail. Finally, the fifth box illustrates the FanDelayCool feature, which keeps yonder fan running for a while after power off.
Flipping open the lid, we are immediately greeted by the user guide and warranty statement. Below that, there is plenty of foam packing material to help protect the unit inside. Good to see that Thermaltake didn't put the foam on the same diet the box got. Protection from shipping damage is a good thing.
Former Toughpower XT models included a few more goodies than are pictured here, but I am not dissatisfied with what they threw in here. A bag of modular cables, a power supply, some velcro cable ties, some screws, a power cord, a user guide and a warranty statement were all found in the box.
The warranty statement. This model carries a five year guarantee.
And the owner's manual. It is very brief, offering not a lot beyond some very basic specs, some troubleshooting tips, and some installation guidelines in multiple languages.
Yay! No more metal sticker to bend out of the way for my disassembly! Boo, these units still come in that muddy off-brown color! And it's even worse looking to me now that they've gone from a shiny to a rough finish.
Here's a better look at that sticker and the three S.P.T. indicators, You get two green lights for working PG signal and standby, and a red one for over temperature conditions.
I will give Thermaltake credit for one thing - this color isn't like any other unit out there. You know it's a Thermaltake just by looking at it.
A better look at the exhaust grille. This time, we get no fan delay selector switch - you can't turn off the delay feature on this model.
The modular connector panel. Red is for PCI-E cables, black is for peripherals.
The fan grille from straight on.
Once again, this unit is claiming to be 80 Plus Bronze here on the label. But that's not the only item of interest - how about that 12V rating of 64A. That is a mere seven watts away from the total rated capacity of this unit. Methinks we'll find some voltage regulator modules being used to power the 3.3V and 5V outputs on this bad boy.
There are good things and bad things about this picture. The minimal number of hardwired cables - that's good. Not having them sleeved into the case, that's bad. Well, bad from an aesthetic point of view, anyway. The grommet on the housing is hard plastic, and unlikely to be worn through. Without it, the bare metal could pose an abrasion hazard to the bare wire sections going into the unit.
Here are the modular cables. These are pretty much standard fare for Thermaltake modular units based on CWT platforms these days, and the PCI-E connectors have ferrite beads on them to... ahem... supposedly assist in stability. And by stability, I mean marketing. I say that because I have yet to see an instance where those beads actually contributed anything to the overall performance of the unit.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (490mm)
8 pin EPS12V (500mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (+140mm)
5.25" Drive (490mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+150mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (500mm)
6 pin PCIe (500mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm
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