Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W Power Supply Review
Andy Ruffell / 9 years ago
The type of packaging that this power supply uses is nothing out of the ordinary in its cardboard box displaying a close up image of what the power supplies fan looks like branding the Thermaltake logo. We are told it’s the Toughpower XT model with the slogan High quality, Performance, Quiet to denote some of its main selling points.
There are only two parts of this box that identify the model being a 775 watt version, the first is the red sleeve around the box which also informs us that it comes with a Thermaltake 5 year warranty, is eco-friendly and also has an 80 plus bronze efficiency rating. If you’ve seen some of our other power supply reviews, you will know how important having a decent brand PSU is, as well as having a good warranty period and also a good efficiency rating too.
The second is on the side of the box which outlays some simple information including where to find more detailed product information in many different languages and a list of different models in this range with a sticker telling us that it’s the 775w model for the US market. Depending on where you are, will obviously depend on if you get the EU or US model of this power supply, and getting the 575W, 675W, 775W or 885W model will depend entirely on your budget.
The back of the box is as always, where you’d find the majority of the information including some of the main features from the nitty gritty bits like the gaming-grade components which basically means that the power supply uses Japanese capacitors which are always favoured due to their solid ability and high reliability. We are also told on the box that the power supply has a S.P.T. Indicator which gives us a 3-mode LED to tell us the status of the power supply. The box also confirms that the unit has a single +12V rail to provide the best performance, whereas other brands and products use multiple 12V rails, but this is usually seen on PSU’s with over 1000watts of power. This power supply also has FanDelayCool Technology which allows the fan to carry on spinning after the system has shut down to give better cooling to the components inside and in turn give the unit maximum life. Think of it when you exercise and have a warm up and a cool down phase which gives you sufficient relaxation time.
The back of the box talks through exactly what power connectors come included and how many of each connector dependant on which model power supply you have. For the 775watt model, you get sufficient amounts of connectors including 6 x Molex, 8 x SATA, 2 x 6+2pin PCI-Express and 2 x 6pin PCI-Express power connectors which should be more than enough for even the most extreme systems and remember extra cables and splitters can be bought separately to enable your power supply to give more connector options to you.
The full output specifications are listed on the box as expected giving clear information on all models in this range including the 775W that we are looking at today giving us the Max load and combined wattage figures and also states that this power supply is 775W of CONTINUOUS POWER whereas other units on the market from lesser known brands claim to be a certain wattage but are only peak figures so be sure when you are purchasing a power supply, that you are aware if it’s peak power or continuous power.
Another nice feature on the box is the system temperature comparison chart which gives us indication of the temperature that this power supply can achieve with the Fan Delay Cool technology compared to another brand PSU without Fan Delay Cool and the results are clear with up to 20 degrees difference between the two showing that the Thermaltake gives us lower system temperature with this technology.
When you continue to open the box up, you are greeted with 2 leaflets, of which one explains the product warranty policy in various languages and lists information on all of Thermaltake’s power products and as this unit is part of the Toughpower series, it qualifies for a hefty 5 year warranty and tells you what to do in terms of warranty claims and also lists contact information for all world-wide regions.
The other leaflet is more product specific and once again is in many different languages. The leaflet has a warnings and caution section, components check list, power connector and output specification information as we saw on the box, installation steps and also trouble shooting information too which lists some of the most common problems with power supply units.
As this box doesn’t come sealed when you buy it, I’m quite pleased that it has a components check list so that you get a bit of peace of mind when you open the box. This enables you to know if all of the added accessories are included with your purchase.
You also get a black box included that clearly states in bold letters that it’s a power cord and upon opening the box up, you will find that there are some other added extras. Inside is a set of 4 mounting screws, a Thermaltake case badge sticker, 4 fabric Thermaltake branded cable ties and depending on your country; a EU or US power cord.
A black pencil case style bag is also included with Thermaltake branding on the front of which inside is a clear bag full of modular cables so that you only use the cables that you need which reduces clutter inside your case and more importantly provides better internal airflow on the rest of your system.
The connectors that this power supply has included are all of the latest standards required by a computer system including the main power connectors, SATA and Molex power connectors and all of the appropriate graphics card connectors ranging from 6pin and 6+2pin. You even get a FDD power connector for the legacy user’s still using floppy drives, though it is common knowledge that other devices sometimes use this same connector.
You also get the power supply itself in a bubble wrap material and hard wired cables nicely cable tied up for packaging purposes.