Thermaltake Toughpower 750w review @ TechSpot

By Justin Mann on July 18, 2006, 1:35 PM
While basic office type computers can get away with crummy generic 350w power supplies, more powerful gaming systems certainly cannot. Doing so would result in serious system instability issues that can even place components such as the motherboard at great risk. High performance power supplies should maintain a constant flow of power, and at the same time continue to deliver enough energy reliably.

Thermaltake offers a huge range of quality power supplies, designed for a wide range of different purposes. Today we will be reviewing a product coming from the Toughpower range, designed for maximum performance, and outputting an impressive 750W. Thermaltake claims that the working efficiency of the Toughpower 750w can reach up to 85%, thanks to a new design that makes use of top grade components. Also the Toughpower 750w features a very quiet operating volume thanks to the use of a single 140mm fan.



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Rage_3k_Moiz said:
The OCZ GameXStream is a better PSU IMO. It's quiet, highly efficient and smaller & lighter than this one here. It deserves to be compared to other 650W+ PSUs so users can pick the best out of them all. Thermaltake has an excellent reputation for quality PSUs too but I just think that this time, OCZ takes the cake.
atk spade said:
Ill take the 1KW Pc Power and Cooling over this anyday.
Julio said:
OCZ GameXStream power supply I heard is really good, though I have no basis to make a comparative argument between both since I haven't had them running together.PC Power and Cooling is a very reputed PSU manufacturer, although I haven't had the best of experiences with their products. It wouldn't be fair to compare their 1000W model to the Toughpower, as PC P&C product runs for over $400.
atk spade said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote] It wouldn't be fair to compare their 1000W model to the Toughpower, as PC P&C product runs for over $400.[/quote]That is a good point. However, the Toughpower seems to be aimed at High end Professional apllications,(as a normal desktop whould not need 750w) where budgets are alot higher.
Julio said:
I would say gamers and enthusiasts rather than high-end professionals.
atk spade said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]I would say gamers and enthusiasts rather than high-end professionals.[/quote]With a 750 Watt PSU?? Even on A SLI system thats a bit much isnt it? I guess it gives you some room to grow.
Rage_3k_Moiz said:
SLI wouldn't need that much but a Crossfire system would. As would an SLI system with a lot of peripherals such as 2-3 hard disk drives and two or more optical drives. I have the OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU and it works very well. It's surprisingly light for it's wattage and it's quite silent under load. I have 2 Hard Disks in RAID0 and 2 x1900s in Crossfire, plus two DVD drives. It runs them flawlessly. And it's cheaper than the Thermaltake.
asphix said:
the point of a PSU of this size is exactly as has been said.. room to grow. There are several factors supporting this.Quad core is due out in early 2007 with 8 core CPU's coming in around 2009 if projections are to be believed.SLI is becoming popular, with quad SLI debuting only 2-2.5 years after SLI was first spawned. If thats to be believed, in another 3 years we will possibly see the standardization of quad based graphic solutionsPhysX and physics based hardware are powerful dedicated chips that will likely require a decent amount of power (they do have an onboard molex connector after all)Now, granted with companies being driven to turn a more concious eye toward power consumption there will likely be measures taken throughout the design process to maximize efficiency, a 700+ watt PSU guarenteed flexibility. I personally upgrade my PSU once every 5-6 years (my system cycle is about once every 3 years) so flexibility is important. The PSU is one of the more redundant components in a system IMO(in regards to upgrades), along with a case and optical drives therefore buying something with headroom is especially important.I have a 700 watt ToughPower and I must admit I love it. The efficiency = low heat output and low noise while still having all the juice needed to power the most extreme of todays (and tomorrows) systems. I just wish I had picked up the modular version.
zephead said:
i'm liking this 140mm fan. in my opinion the best and most powerful (and most expensive) supplies were the PC power + cooling turbo cool 850w and 1kw models. but said products are cooled by 80mm fans and can get quite noticeable under load.i've used the tt toughpowers in several high-end builds to date, but not on SLI rigs.
viper770 said:
Good review I really enjoyed the read thanks!
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