Date: May 25th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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Every Thermaltake product that I’ve ever seen has had excellent excellent packaging and the TWV 500V is no exception. Inside the box the PSU itself is wrapped in bubble wrap and each of the other components are secured in individual boxes.
The PSU has a black matte finish with a slight texture that eliminates the fingerprint issue that can plague the so-called automotive finishes so popular these days. The gold colored fan grille and screws add a bit if visual interest.
The rear of the TWV 500W is dominated by a large number of ventilation holes. Hexagonal in shape, these holes provide more than ample open area for the fan. Conspicuously absent is the 115/230 volt selector switch as this PSU automatically compensates for input AC voltage.
With modular power supplies being all the rage these days, it was inevitable that Thermaltake would enter a contender. This view shows the interface and legend for the modular cables. The wire bundle near the top interfaces the power supply with the TUV module, which we’ll be looking at shortly.
The nine cables included with the power supply are sleeved with black mesh and heatshrink. The connectors are also black. Cable connector populations and lengths are as follows:
1) ATX 20-/24-pin motherboard connector – 19.5 inches long
2) Three 4-pin Molex connectors – 35 inches long
3) Three 4-pin Molex connectors, one floppy connector – 44 inches long (two cables included)
4) Two SATA power connectors – 29 inches long (two cables included)
5) One 4-pin 12V auxiliary connector – 20 inches long
6) One PCI-E – 21 inches long (two cables included)
All nine cables supplied with the kit can be attached simultaneously to provide a maximum of nine Molex, four SATA, two floppy, two PCI-E, one 12V aux. and, of course the ATX motherboard connectors.