Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold 1375 W 1

Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold 1375 W Review

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At the front of the box, we find an angled photo of the PSU and a series of badges describing the warranty period, the efficiency certification, and various other compliances that the unit meets.

At the two sides, we find a brief, multilingual, features description.

The most interesting stuff lies at the rear side. Here Thermaltake provides some interesting shots of the unit's internals, showing the capacitors used, the full bridge topology, and the two parallel main transformers. There is also a reference to the S.P.T. indicator which, according to Thermaltake, informs the user about the PSU's status quickly and easily. At the bottom of this side, there are two graphs showing the unit's efficiency and the fan's speed curve. As you can see from the relevant graph, the fan does not spin at all at lower loads and only engages after reaching 40% of the maximum rated capacity load. Also, its max RPMs are restricted to around 1200, so even at full speed it is very quiet. What Thermaltake failed to inform us here is the temperature threshold at which the fan engages, because it is highly unlikely that its operation is based only on the applied load and it doesn't take into account the ambient temperature. Finally, at this side, there are two tables showing the power distribution among the rails and the available connectors.


Once we opened the top flap, the user's manual was the first to greet us. Apparently, Thermaltake put it on top to make the user read it first before installing the PSU; however, most skip this part. Two thick pieces of packing foam surround the unit and, on the right, resides a bag that stores all modular cables. Although the PSU is very expensive, the bundle is poor since it includes a set of plain screws only instead of thumb screws and very few zip ties instead of Velcro straps. There is also the necessary AC power cord which is somewhat thin for the unit's capacity, but since it is an EU type it won't pose any problems even at full load.


The finish looks good and the side decals cover the whole area, hiding also the screws that we have to remove to gain access to the internals. At the front, the classic honeycomb-style exhaust grill is utilized along with a heavy-duty on/off switch. The power specifications label is installed at the bottom side, so it won't mess with the view in windowed cases, and at the rear side we find the modular panel with numerous sockets. The PCIe sockets are colored, while the peripheral ones are painted black. Also, the three native cables are fully sleeved back into the casing, and around the cable exit hole a grommet is used. Finally, the fan grill is actually a part of the casing and, frankly speaking, we didn't fancy so much the outcome, appearance wise.

At one of the two sides, we find the S.P.T. indicator LEDs which inform you about the PSU status. Through these indicators, Thermaltake claims that you can monitor in real time your PSU, but, actually, this is not so easy to do, considering that the unit will be installed into a chassis, unless the latter has a side window and the PSU is mounted at the bottom side.
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