Date: June 13th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: iStarUSA
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
I will be installing and testing the TC-750PD2
on the following:
Intel P4 2.8C processor
Chaintech 9CJS motherboard
GeIL DDR400 1gb RAM
Maxtor 300gb PATA HDD
2X Maxtor 200GB PATA HDD
Samsung 52X CD Burner
Sapphire X800GT video card
M-Audio FireWire 1814 audio
The PSU itself is rather straightforward. The finish is a somewhat shiny, industrial look. This is not a PSU you would particularly want showing through the window of your $5000 gaming rig. The look is solid, though, and is affirmed by the PSUs hefty weight.
The backside of the PSU sports a single 80mm Sunon fan, responsible for cooling, as well as a large, easy to find power switch. No fancy grilles or LED lit fans here.
The front side of the PSU has a simple straight-flow vent, to draw air directly across the internal components. The cable bundle exits through a rectangular opening, with no cable protection. As on other PSUs, I have a problem with this, as it is possible for the unprotected metal edge to eventually wear through the wiring, if the computer is move a lot or upgraded frequently.
On to the selection of cables provided, and there's quite a few of them.
The main power cable is the only one that's sleeved, with the now-standard mesh sleeving. This leads to my second beef with the PSU. iStar states clearly on their website that the TC-750PD2 supports both 20 and 24 pin motherboard connectors. However, the main motherboard connector is 24 pin only. There is simply no provision for 20 pin motherboards, either in the “breakaway” format of removing 4 pins, or via an adapter. This wasn't a huge problem for me, as I have a few 24 to 20 pin adapters lying around, but will be a serious issue for most buyers, requiring a return trip to a store, or (worse yet) ordering a part online that should have been included with the PSU. Perhaps I have a marketing sample, but if what I got is the same as the retail version, buyer beware. You will most likely not be able to use this PSU with a 20 pin motherboard without an extra purchase.