Reviews - Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W
Sample Provided by: Thermaltake (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, Sep-20-2010)

Page 1 - First Look

Howdy again, dear readers. As you can plainly see by the above picture, we're about to have a look at Thermaltake's latest foray into the power supply universe with the Toughpower Grand 750W. This is not only certified as 80 Plus Gold, but it is the first power supply offering from Thermaltake that I can remember seeing with a seven year warranty.

You know, a lot of things can be grand. Pianos can be grand. Parents can be grand. Standing can be grand. Seizures can be grand. You see, not everything is made better just by putting the word "grand" in front of it. I'm going to find out whether or not Thermaltake's latest offering is deserving of that word on the following pages. But first, you guessed it, we're going to look at some box pictures.

As was the case with several other entries from Thermaltake, the box once again flips open in the front to display a vast array of marketing. Let me see if I can make it through all this:

  • 12Vin1
    • Toughpower Grand Series is equipped with a pure and powerful single +12V rail to provide the best compatibility for your PC.
      -Nothing new or radical here... a lot of companies are doing this.
  • Auto FanDelayCool
    • Auto FanDelayCool allows fan to continue to operate (around 15sec) after system shuts-down to ensure all components are properly cooled. Compared with other power supply (the red line), Toughpower Grand (the blue line) cools down quickly.
      -Again, nothing new or unusual. As I recall, Enermax was one of the first to bring in such a feature. Wait, blue lines? Red lines? Ah, they must be referring to that little graph on the box next to the bullet point.
  • High quality & reliability
    • High reliable 105°C Japanese made capacitors inside.
    • Solid state capacitors in +3.3V & +5V output.
  • Newly designed Double Forward circuitry
    • DC to DC Converter Design for +3.3V & +5V & synchronous rectification for +12V
    • Double Forward & new Active PFC Circuit design
      -New? We'll have to pull this puppy apart and see what's so new about it on a later page.
  • Official 80PLUS® GOLD Certified
    • Official 80 Plus Gold Certified
    • Ultra-High Efficiency (over 90% @ 230VAC Input)
      -While I'd love to test this claim, the fact of the matter is that like all in North America, I run on 120VAC. I'll have to load test based on that number only.
  • Ultra silent dual ball bearing flower-shape fan with honeycomb ventilation
    • Proprietary ultra silent dual ball bearing 140mm fan always operates at optimal speed (according to temperature inside the unit) for the quietest performance. Besides, the innovative honeycomb grill provides the best ventilation.
      -Honeycombs also make great hideouts.
  • AC Push Button with Illuminated effect
    • The cutting edge mechanical AC Push Button with illuminated effect protects the power supply unit from accidental contact.
      -Wait one second, back the marketing bus up a little here. There's nothing cutting edge about illuminated pushbuttons, unless you just came out of a time machine from the 1820's or something. I haven't seen them used often on computer power supplies, but that still doesn't make them any more cutting edge than the old Pentium 133 you work with that the boss won't upgrade because it ain't dead yet.
  • Vibration Absorbent Gaskets
    • Through the use of special materials, the vibration absorbent gaskets can be the optimal buffer against vibrating noises and are easy to install.

Whew, that's a lot of marketing. I'm glad that's over with, and I can move on to the bottom part of the box which contains... aw, maaaaaaaan!

High Quality
As a new generation of ultra enthusiast system, Toughpower Grand Series has been built to the world's highest standard of quality, providing users with Thermaltake quality 7-year warranty for parts and labor. Besides, all the high quality capacitors in Toughpower Grand power supply units are 105°C Japanese-made and even using some of solid state capacitors. Engineers at Thermaltake lab have made every effort to ensure each Toughpower Grand Series power supply unit satisfies our severe requirements for quality, durability, and performance.

High Efficiency
In order to meet 80 Plus Gold requirement and deliver a whole new user experience to users, Thermaltake's designers adopt the latest technologies to design the circuit of Toughpower Grand series. The Double-forward switching circuitry offers low power loss and high reliability. In addition, equipped with the PFC+PWM control IC and related patent technology, Toughpower Grand is able to reach high energy efficiency rate at all different loading. All newly design is able to increase power efficiency and decrease the loss of power transfer.

Performance
Toughpower Grand Series features a number of cutting-edge innovations that set it above the competition. New features such as FanDelayCool for thorough cooling, Synchronous rectification of +12V & DC-DC Converter & 12Vin1 & ultra silent dual ball bearing flower-shape 140mm fan will all bring users the best performance. Besides, using exceptional quality materials and components has even made Toughpower Grand Series qualifies for most high-end system and strict environment.

Ah, there we go. Now, I can finally rest, and... oh, come on now!

Key Features

  • Official 80 Plus Gold certified: up to 90% efficiency.
  • FanDelayCool to dissipate the remaining system heat and prolonging system lifetime.
  • High quality Japanese brand capacitors.
  • Solid state capacitors provide enhanced reliability and stability.
  • DC-DC converter & synchronous rectification circuitry design offers superior dynamic response and great system stability.
  • Double-forward switch circuitry offers low power loss and high reliability.
  • 12Vin1: robust and dedicated +12V rail (up to 52A/624W & 60A/720W)
  • Proprietary 140mm dual ball bearing flower-shape cooling fan for ultra silent operation.

Ok, now I'm done. What was I saying about standing? Ah, yes. Standing is grand. I haven't seen this much marketing in one place since I last went to an Amway meeting. Standing was grand there, too.

Ummmm... no, I'm not typing all this out. This is the back of the box, where we get to see more lovely marketing. There is also a series of bullet points in several languages that state firmly that this is a computer power supply. I'm glad they told me, because I really had no idea whatsoever. I thought I was going to be reviewing a grand piano today.

The rest of the box, as you can see by this shot, is mercifully devoid of marketing.

Time to open up the box at last. Let me just dig all the goodies out so you can see.

This bad boy comes with enough extras to make even the Enermax Revolution 1020W jealous. You get a power supply in a velvet bag, power cord, a velcro bag of modular cables, a user manual, a warranty guide, a Toughpower Grand marketing flyer, some velcro cable ties, a bag of extra long screws, another velvet bag for accessories, a set of hard plastic cable clamps, a case badge, and two silicone vibration dampers to stick onto the unit.

Here's the smaller bag and the stuff that came in it. The vibration dampers are a bit funny shaped due to the rounded corners on the power supply itself.

Here's the manual, flyer, and warranty paper. The manual is pretty good, as manuals go. Not the best ever in the history of things, but it gets the job done. Especially if the job at hand is to shove more marketing down your throat. No, I'm not going to reprint that big list of product features. I've probably already done that five bajillion times just covering the marketing on the box.


 

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