Thermaltake ToughPower 700w PSU Review

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Seven hundred watts of tough power, 14cm fan, modularized cable management and 85% efficiency. Are you in love yet. Thermaltakes Toughpower power supply is a serious piece of kit ready for SLI, Crossfire, dual core and just about anything else you'd care to throw at it.

Find out how tough this unit is when we throw it into a 3.8Ghz monsta.


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Price: around £79 inc vat Supplier: Thermaltake
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake always impress us with their committment to making innovative and high performance products. A fight breaks out at MaXit HQ whenever a sample arrives over who gets to test it. Usually a few rounds of Project Gotham racing is needed - winner takes all - to settle the arguement. The arrival of the 700w Toughpower psu caused more than it's fair share of oos and ahhs as the MaXit loafers gathered round to check out the specs and examined the unit. The Toughpower has probably the most impressive specification we have ever seen at MaXit. Modularized cable management, 85% efficiency, Dual Core, SLI and Crossfire ready, four 12volt rails to provide a combined loading of 56 amps, 3% voltage regulation, 120,000 MTBF - in fact just about everything you could ever wish for in a power supply. The Toughpower range spans from the entry level 550 watts model to a top of the line 750 watt atomic monsta. Deciding on which model to buy is probably the hardest thing.

The unit doesn't disappoint in the looks department with a sleek mirrored finish, honey combed black grill, embedded socket design and super quiet 14cm fan for increased cooling. Thermaltake even chuck in a noise preventive silicon pad that goes between the psu and case to reduce vibration noise by as much as 80%. It feels solid and oozes pedigree.

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The 14cm ball bearing fan is an interesting choice and provides maximum cooling efficiency with minimal noise. In use it is whisper quiet at 16dBa and kicks out a generous amount of hot air.
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The honey comb vent to the rear provides plenty of airflow out of the unit and gives the power supply a suitably tough look.

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Modularized cable management comes as standard and features an embedded socket design - perfect for keeping your case tidy. All cables are finished in black cable sleeving to maintain optimum airflow throughout the chassis. With seven 4 pin connectors, two floppy connectors, six SATA connectors and two PCI Express connectors, you'll never run out of connection options even with the most fully loaded system.

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Thermaltake have wrapped the Toughpower up in decent packaging that shows the whole technology in great detail. You can see what you are buying before you even open the box. In fact, it's probably the nicest packaging we have seen for any power supply to date.

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