Date: May 27th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
FanDelayCool: evolved from high-end projector's cooling system , FanDelayCool enables users to control how long the 14cm fan should continue to operate (up to 30 seconds) after system shutdown
S.P.T. Indicator: indicates the standby, PG signal, and temperature status of the power supply
12Vin1: single +12V rail provides the best compatibility for the latest components
High Quality Japanese Capacitors provide superb performance and reliability
S.F.C. Quiet: Toughpower XT's 14cm dual-ball bearing cooling fan is equipped with S.F.C. Quiet technology so that the fan always operates at optimal speed for quiet operation.
Gold-plated connectors for superior conductivity.
Meet 80PLUS Bronze Efficiency Requirement: Eco-Friendly design for the highest efficiency, least heat, and also lower energy bills
5-Year Warranty: Thermaltake quality 5-year warranty for parts and labor.
14cm ball bearing cooling fan with Japanese made 8mm bearing system.
Compliance with Intel ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards.
Support dual 8-pin PCI-E & dual 6-pin PCI-E connectors for next generation graphic cards.
Guaranteed to deliver stable continuous output at 50C environment.
Universal AC input 100V~240V and Active PFC (PF value up to 99%).
DIMENSION: 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) x 6.3" (L) 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 160mm(L)
Protections: Over Power, Over Voltage, and Short-Circuit protection.
Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOST and BSMI certified.
Wattage: 750 Watts
Fan: 140mm Fan, 1900 RPM +/- 10%
Efficiency: Up to 88%
PFC: Active PFC
Hold-Up Time: 16ms
Switches: ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch
Motherboard Connectors: 20+4-pin Main Connector 8-pin Power Connector 4-pin Power Connector
Power Good Signal: 100-500 ms
Form Factor: ATX 12V 2.3 Dimension: 5.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 inch, 150 x 140 x 86 mm
Warranty: 5 years
Input Voltage: 100 VAC ~ 240 VAC
Input Current: 115VAC/10A Max. 230VAC/5A Max
Input Frequency Range: 47 ~ 63 Hz
Operating Range: 100VAC ~ 240VAC
Operating Temperature: 10C to +50C
Storage Temperature: -20C to +70C
Operating Humidity: 20% to 90%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Thermaltake's Toughpower XT series power supplies are full featured and have all the advanced specifications one would expect from an upper echelon PSU. They are available in 650-, 750- and 850-watt capacities and all are certified to meet or exceed the 80PLUS Bronze standard for efficiency. The efficiency of a computer power supply is the amount of energy it supplies, divided by how much energy is input. The remaining energy is converted into heat. For instance, a power supply operating at 60% efficiency, supplying 300 watts to a computer would draw 500 watts, and give off 200 watts of heat. An 80% efficient supply would draw 375 watts to produce the same 300 watts, giving off 75 watts of heat. The 80PLUS Bronze certification takes this a step further, certifying that the PSU will demonstrate 82%, 85% and 82% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% of its rated load, respectively. This makes for a more economical system that generates less heat and, since the components and design needed to achieve this kind of efficiency need to be top-shelf, the power supply shoud, theoretically, last longer.
While it has all the features one would expect to see in a premium power supply, the Toughpower XT also has a number of other features that set it apart from the competition. This unit has a single +12V rail delivering a whopping 60A. Single- vs. multi-rail designs have been the subject of quite a lot of debate around the PC community for some time now, but it's been my experience that rail configureation is much less important than overall quality and design. All other things being equal, a multi-rail PSU requires a bit more homework by the potential user to discern if a particular rail will deliver enough power for the task at hand.
Thermaltake's packaging for the XT line is certainly worthy of a premium product. While this is not all that important to the end user, it does show the company's confidence and pride in the product itself. However, this can be taken to the extreme.
There is another box inside the box and, while I'm all for premium packaging, using all this cardboard and who knows what else goes into the packing material to deliver a highly efficient (read Green) PSU seems a little ludicrous doesn't it? A comprehensive manual, thinly disguised promo sheet and warranty information are included here, too. At any rate, let's see what Thermaltake has in store for us inside all this material.