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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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
The Thermaltake TWV 500W features these handy “squeeze to remove” 4-pin connectors, a nice touch.
Another nice touch is the ATX motherboard connector. This allows the user to connect the PSU to either 20- or 24-pin motherboards without the need of a cumbersome and unsightly adapter. I’ve also noticed voltage drops when using some 20- to 24-pin adapters. I like this solution.
Thermaltake has thoughtfully labeled the PCI-E connectors to avoid confusion.
TweakNews Tip: Opening a power supply can void the warranty and is always dangerous. Please don’t try this at home!
A peek inside the TWV 500W reveals the two large black aluminum heatsinks. Large, angled fins not only promote good cooling but, in conjunction with the clear plastic pieces, direct airflow from the 120mm cooling fan.
Thermaltake includes a 120mm case fan and power cord in the package, along with a 5.25 inch bay device they call the Total Watts Viewer (TWV).
The TWV module gives a digital readout of power consumption and also incorporates a 2-channel fan speed controller. The face of the module has an attractive silver and black design with the watt meter in the center. The watt meter is flanked by two large aluminum knobs to control fan speed, each with a recessed “Tt” logo. A clear protective film protects the face during shipping and is easily removed. As always, Thermaltake has included any hardware necessary to install the power supply and its accessories.