Date: October 19th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The Toughpower Cable Management 750W is available at a few online retailers and careful shopping can get you one for around $175 US. A similar model (W0117), doesn't have the modular cable feature and is SLI certified by nVidia.
The specifications are taken from the Thermaltake website and look very good. Active PFC is always good to find in a PSU, and a 140mm thermally controlled cooling fan should keep things quiet. The Toughpower 750W will process input voltages from 100V to 240V AC and has a very good efficiency rating. Measuring 6.3 X 5.9 X 3.4 inches, the 750W is not overly large by today's standards, and it weighs in at a satisfying 5 pounds.
The output chart lists four +12V rails of 18A each. So why not two 36A rails? Or some other configuration? Well, UL/EN safety specifications limit the power on each rail to 240VA ( VA = Volts x Amperes). The ATX12V spec is even tighter, limiting each rail to 18A. This may change, if it hasn't already, in response to ever-increasing demand by multiple GPU solutions. At any rate, with 60W available, there's plenty of power here and load regulation, at +/- 3%, is very good.
The features list is pretty impressive with EPS (8-pin) support, modular cable design and a mirror effect finish. Once confined to the server realm, 8-pin connectors are showing up on mainstream boards with increasing frequency.
All the Toughpower units come in similar packaging with features and specifications clearly printed on the exterior of the box.
Inside, we find a box containing the modular cables, the PSU itself, the power cord, a bag containing the mounting screws and silicone gasket and a small but complete manual. The PSU is shipped in a protective bubble bag to protect the glossy finish. The ATX cable and a single PCIE 12v Aux power cable are not modular, but hardwired into the unit.