Date: March 3rd, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the protective wrap removed, we'll look first at the rear of the 600W. Conspicuously absent is the customary input voltage selector switch. This PSUs circuitry can compensate for any voltage from 115-230VAC automatically. A power switch and cord receptacle are, of course, present here while a honeycomb of ventilation holes provides ample open area for the 120mm cooling fan with its gold-colored grille.
If you've seen some of my past reviews, you may be familiar with my friend (in the good times, anyway) and associate, Mr. Bones and his preoccupation with his own appearance. The finish of the 600W gives Mr. Bones an excellent opportunity to exhibit his proclivity for gazing at his own reflection. The finish, which Thermaltake calls “electroplate black nickel”, is very attractive. It seems a shame to hide it in the back of the case where it doesn't get much attention.
The customary label has a condensed version of the specifications and the usual warnings about hazardous voltage.
The bundle of cables is almost as big as the PSU! There are plenty of connectors and all cables (with one exception we'll discuss later) are nicely sleeved with a black nylon mesh material and black shrinkwrap. The cables exit the case through a grommeted hole and are secured with a wire tie. Let's undo this bundle and see what the 600W has to offer, cablewise.
This schematic will give you some idea of just how many connectors there are and how long the cables are. I think you'll agree that Thermaltake has provided enough connectors and cable length for any user. Now, let's examine some of the more noteworthy cable features.
Like most manufacturers these days, Thermaltake has provided native support for both 20- and 24-pin motherboards. This is accomplished by a separate 4-pin connector (red arrow) that slides onto the 20-pin connector.