We are back looking at Thermaltake again as they try to alphabet soup us into never remembering which of their power supplies we're dealing with at any one given time. Today, we're looking at the new 80 Plus Platinum TPGRGB1200WBBQWATERMELON. Or... something like that. No, seriously, these guys need to find a new way to name stuff because I cannot keep things straight with them anymore.
Anyhoo, this is the Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W model. Not the top of the line for them, that would be the 80 Plus Titanium DPS units. This is just under the top of the line for them, promising us most of the good performance we want for a slightly less absurd price than the Titanium ones go for.
The front of the box tells us many of the promises Thermaltake makes for these units. Ten year warranties are now common for products of this caliber, so this one has that. Low ripple and full modularity, ditto. Japanese capacitors? Oh, we better have those at this level. Smart zero fan? Well, I don't know how smart it could be without a fan IQ test, but I reckon this means the unit runs fanless part of the time like its peers.
Let's move to the back of the box and see what promises we can find there.
Here we are. Yes, the smart zero fan feature does just say it runs fanless for a time. I see protection features listed here as well, with nothing apparently missing. Good. We want good protection in a unit this size. Single 12V? You all know how I feel about that one, right? I'd rather have properly designed multi-rail in this size, or at least make it selectable.
Other things are being bragged about, like extremely strict voltage regulation of 2%. Just like last week's Silverstone, I disagree with the company's idea of "strict." I'd say 1% regulation on average would be closer to the mark, as well as what we can reasonably expect for an "almost but not quite top of the line" unit like this one.
The box also sets a mark of 30mV or less for the ripple and noise. If it can do that, it'll take no point deduction later in scoring. We'll have to see how that goes.
Thermaltake really does seem to be going all in on the RGB fans lately, and here's proof. This unit does not offer a full range of colors like the expensive DPS models, but it does look to give you enough choices to at least make a statement if you like.
A button switch on the back goes through each color option.
But the box isn't finished marketing to us yet, no sir. In case you don't speak English, it's more than capable of selling the unit inside in eleven other herbs and spices... er, languages.
Enough of this. Let's unpack.
So far, we have a power supply in a blanket, a manual, a warranty guide, and a bag of modular cables and accessories.
That said, this unit is light on those accessories. Four zip ties, a power cord, and a bag of screws. Don't go broke giving us goodies, now, Thermaltake.
The documentation seems really half-assed at first, but has all the info we need.
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