As I look at the box of today's Thermaltake unit, I can't help but wonder if the whole RGB craze is getting just a wee bit out of hand. What once was a hallmark of high dollar parts used to stand out from the competition, adding multicolored lights to everything under the sun has apparently finally trickled down into even more budget oriented power supplies.
Yes, people, today we are looking at the new Smart Pro RGB 850W unit, which brings the RGB lighting down to the 80 Plus Bronze level.
I've got to tell you guys now... I didn't personally ask for this RGB nonsense. I have an RGB keyboard, but the novelty wore off quick when I realized I had to sleep in the same room with it. Oh, I'm sure there are a vast army of consumers out there who just love this kind of thing. More power to them. But here's the thing... I don't like my computers all lit up. I am not Terry Crews, I don't own eight thousand dollar computers, and my pecs don't dance on cue. They dance, but I have no control over them and that can sometimes lead to rather awkward situations. Sorry, Judge. Reinhold. But you get my point, right? I started reviewing power supplies because I only care how well they perform. I do not care about how sick they look through a case window.
That said, this box does promise us some performance perks, like under 50mV ripple and extremely strict regulation. I don't think the box has the same idea of strict that I do, however... to me, 3% is merely average. We now live in an age when an affordable Seasonic 1200W unit can smoke the performance of a Japanese built masterpiece costing a lot more money.
The last time we saw this particular approach to RGB fannage was when we looked at the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Gold 750W unit in December. It appears that the functionality is the same on this unit, meaning you get all the modes advertised here, plus the undocumented "lights off" mode we discovered on that unit. You do not get full control of the fan color as in the DPS units, because there is no software control over those, but that's perfectly ok with me.
There is also a switchable semi fanless mode. I'll turn that on for all testing to see where the fan kicks in.
Have some more marketing, won't you? Again we get the RGB fan sold to us, as well as the ultra low "ripple noise and voltage regulation." We'll just see about that as the review goes on. Ultra low ripple to me is 25mV or less.
With the unit unboxed, we find our power supply accompanied by a bag of cables, a bag of accessories, a warranty guide, and a user guide.
The documentation is rather decent on this unit, telling us full power can be had at forty degrees.
Within the accessories bag, we find a power cord, some zip ties, and some screws. Not too bad for a budget model.
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