Thermaltake, well known for their line of Orb CPU heatsinks and chipset coolers such as the infamous blue orb, have recently ventured out into other markets, namely the power supply market. The power supply market is flooded with companies, but only a few really stand out as top performers for enthusiasts, such as Antec and Sparkle. In this review we’ll find out if Thermaltake performs with the best of them or suffers from problems that plague most cheap PSUs.
Here are the stats from the Thermaltake Website:
As you can see, this PSU is rated at 360 watts, but as most avid overclockers know you can’t always judge a power supply by its rated wattage alone, although this is what many people tend to look at when shopping for a PSU. This PSU also comes with passive power factor correction (PFC) circuits, which allow the unit to supply more steady power to the rails without power dropping, and also allows the system to run more efficiently with less energy loss. Hopefully this will allow the unit to supply a good amount of power to the +5v and +12v rails, which are what really matter for overclocking and stability. Now lets look at the PSU itself:
Here we see the box that the unit came in, with a little man surfing on a snowboard it looks like :-) On the side of the box we can see the specifications of the PSU, that it is 360W and it has Passive PFC technology. I’m really not sure what the difference is between Active PFC and Passive PFC, but I’m willing to bet that the Active PFC is gonna cost more. This is also a single fan unit, the double fan units cost a little bit more and are usually reserved for the higher wattage units.
Here is a picture of the back of the unit, we can see the fan and the 115/230 switch. Make sure to set it to 115 if you’re running it from an ordinary wall outlet in your house, at least if your in the U.S. To my surprise the unit came with the switch on 230, so you gotta make sure and look before you plug it in.
The unit also comes with a fan monitoring cable, which is used to guage the RPMs of the PSU’s fan. Just plug it into the motherboard like you would any other fan cable and fire up a program that can use it, such as Motherboard Monitor. Simple as that! Just a nice added feature. Well, let’s see how well this thing does in real world situations, such as overclocking and benchmarking.