Reviews - Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold 1475W
Sample Provided by: Thermaltake (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, Aug-13-2012)

Page 1 - First Look

Hello and welcome to the power supply summer games. I have a number of exciting events lined up for you today as I look at yet another big Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold. Perhaps you saw our other reviews involving these units here and here.

Now, I sent out all the invitations I could to fellow athletes so they could join me in these games. I have yet to receive any responses, though it's possible that I might have just been imagining doing it. With that said, I'll do my best to give 110% effort to win all the events I'll be participating in. I'm all ready to go, so we'd best get this started.

First up, we have the box read. Let me just see here if I can summon the mental fortitude needed to win this one. Concentrating... concentrating... you can do this, Wolf, just remember to go left to right. Yay, I won! Gold for Canada!

As usual, there is a lot of marketing on this side of the box. I'll just reprint some of these again, even though this is nothing you haven't seen before.

High Quality Japanese Made Electrolytic & Solid Capacitors
Toughpower XT GOLD features 105°C/221°F Japanese made electrolytic capacitors & solid state capacitors with low ESR, which greatly improves the durability and offers the highest stability and reliability.

Full Bridge & LLC Resonance and Interleaved PFC Circuit Design
Toughpower XT GOLD adopts full bridge & LLC resonance circuit for extremely stable performance & reliability. Besides, built in the interleaved PFC circuit, Toughpower XT GOLD also provides extremely high PF value and high PSU efficiency.

High Current Massive +12V Rails
High current +12V rails offer maximum compatibility with the latest components.
-Here we go again with the big 12V rail thing. I just ranted at length on this in my last review. It ain't the size of the rails, it's how you use them.

S.P.T. Indicator: Quick Status Monitor
When you open the side panel of your chassis every time, you can see the PSU status quickly and easily. S.P.T. Indicator with 3-mode LED (standby/power good signal/temperature) for real-time monitoring over the power supply not only helps users to know the PSU working status, but also prevents the abnormal situation to protect the system.
-Wait... how do these indicators protect against anything, let alone the abnormal situation? They're just indicators!

Smart Fan Control System
Optimize the thermal performance and minimize audible noise.

There's not too much else on the box to get excited about, though I did get a little bit of a rapid heartbeat looking at this side of it. See, apparently I'm supposed to cool all my life. I just don't know how I'm going to cook a cheeseburger for lunch by cooling it.

There is one more side of the box with marketing on it, and I've shown the relevant area here. This is repeated in several languages.

Now, we're into the box unpacking event. I've been training for this for years, so I expect this will be an easy one. Why, one time I unpacked a box so fast that... wait, what? Bronze? How can I have won Bronze in something I'm the only competitor in? Stupid imaginary friends. Two of them snuck in at the last minute.

Inside the box I found a power supply wrapped in cloth, bag of accessories, bag of modular cables, and a bag of user guide and warranty sheet.

Here's the user guide I spoke of. Same thing I saw last time with the 1375W model.

Here's the warranty guide I spoke of. Same thing I saw last time with the 1375W model.

Here's the accessories bag contents I spoke of. Same thing I saw last time with the 1375W model. Right down to that lame 18 gauge power cord that I will not be using again. Seriously, that thing was a fire hazard with the 1375W model, and this bad boy is even bigger.

Fortunately, Thermaltake has told us they are correcting this issue. Good. Meantime, I'll be using the one good 14 gauge I have left.

Now, it's time for the power supply lift event. Let me just put on my support belt here and... hurrrrgh! Aw, screw it, I'll just use a forklift.

Here's the power supply itself in all its rugged finished glory.

I have a problem with those side stickers. They're cheap, and tend to de-laminate easily. On this unit, they've already started doing that in places, which will make it hard for me to do the page four disassembly without making a mess of them.

The exhaust grille, of course.

Here's one of the side stickers.

And the other side, complete with the three S.P.T. indicators.

The fan grille. It's that same stamped affair the other models in the series have.

And here's your label for the unit. Again, this unit is being advertised as 80 Plus Gold, but looking over at the 80 Plus website we find that once again they have cleared it for Platinum. We'll have to see how this unit does in the lab on the next two pages.

Thermaltake TPX-1475M

+3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5VSB
25A 25A 55A 75A 0.8A 4A
Max Power @ 50°C

150W 660W 900W 9.6W 20W

Gosh, I hope that 4A standby rail is actually capable of it this time. The 1375W unit couldn't do it.

And now, the 520mm cable stretch. The ATX cable tried hard, but couldn't quite hold on and is the furthest from Mr. Fuji. It's hard to make out, but Gold goes to the EPS12V connector with Silver going to the 4+4 pin ATX/EPS combo connector.

Here's the modular connector panel. As was the case on the 1375W, the hardwired cables and the black modular connectors are on 12V1. All the PCI-E cables share 12V2.

Speaking of the modular cables, here they are now. And you know what? I'm tired of my old cable table. Seemed a bit confusing to some people.

So, I'm going to try something new. I'm going to overhaul the cable table completely. Each cable will be listed in the table. No combining, no hard to understand +100's and whatnot. Let's see if this is a bit easier to follow.

Cabling - Thermaltake TPX-1475M
Type of Cable Length from PSU +12V Rail
20+4 pin ATX connector 520mm 12V1
4+4 pin ATX12V/EPS12V 520mm
8 pin EPS12V 520mm
Modular Cables
5.25"+5.25"+5.25"+5.25" 550+150+150+150mm 12V1
5.25" to 3.5" Adapter 150mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 550+150+150+150mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 550+150+150+150mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA+5.25" 550+150+150+150+150mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA+5.25" 550+150+150+150+150mm
6+2 pin PCI-E 550mm 12V2
6+2 pin PCI-E 550mm
6+2 pin PCI-E 550mm
6+2 pin PCI-E 550mm
8 pin PCI-E, 6+2 pin PCI-E 550+150mm
8 pin PCI-E, 6+2 pin PCI-E 550+150mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
200mm x 150mm x 81mm

How's that for a cable table? Y'all can let me know in the forums if this is an improvement or not. It's certainly a bigger table, what with this unit being big enough to come with about a bajillion cables.


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