Tagan 2-Force II TG700-U33 700w PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging

It's certainly fair to say that some of Tagan's previous power supplies have featured the most outlandish and extravagant packaging of any product we've ever reviewed here at Overclock3D. From leather suitcases to leather toolboxes, we've always been impressed by the protection provided by this packaging but wondered how much extra cost has been passed on to the end user.

However, this time around Tagan have gone for a more regular approach to their packaging and have placed the TG700-U33 inside a double walled cardboard box complete with a cardboard outer sleeve.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Box Tagan 2-Force II 700w Packaging

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Packaging Tagan 2-Force II 700w Packaging

The outer packaging is quite simplistic, featuring a dark black and purple background along with Tagan's trademark stealth figher aircraft. Around the side of the packaging, Tagan have provided detailed specs on the TG700-U33's noise output at various load levels along with a table showing how the 700w is distributed among the 8 rails inside the unit.

At the back of the packaging, a list of features not dissimilar to the specifications on page 1 can be found in a total of 7 languages.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Contents

Tagan have placed the TG700-U33 inside a bubble wrap bag that protects the unit from scratches and other minor courier inflicted damage. Also included in the box are the following items:

• Tagan 2-Force II Series manual.
• Shielded power cable.
• Vibration dampening silicon PSU surround.
• Case screws.


Appearance

When compared to the likes of Tagan's I-Xeye II and U88 range, the U33 certainly seems the most mature of the bunch. No LED fans or other gimmicks have been used, and the plain black powder coated surface of the unit looks professional and unoffensive.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Back Tagan 2-Force II 700w Top

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Switch Tagan 2-Force II 700w Fan

The back of the unit sports an 80mm fan protected by one of Tagan's chrome fan grilles along with a rather hefty power switch and the Tagan 2-Force "Turbo" rail combining slider. Unfortunately during testing we actually encountered some problems with the switch not making proper contact when in the 'On' position. This subsequently caused arcing and produced a cracking sound at random intervals inside the switch. Hopefully this is just an isolated incident and retail units will not suffer from the same issue.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Front Tagan 2-Force II 700w Side

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Side Tagan 2-Force II 700w Bottom

Both sides of the casing feature an Aztec style grill that stretches the length of the unit. Whether or not these grills provide the unit with essential ventilation or are just for aesthetics is not clear, but it looks good neverless!

At the back of the unit is yet another 80mm fan. This dual fan design is very similar to the TG1100-U95 Turbojet and provides optimal airflow through the unit by using a push/pull configuration with the fans.
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Most Recent Comments

02-08-2007, 05:53:31

JN
"Today we'll be taking a look at one of the latest 700w PSU's to roll out of the factory doors at Tagan. The TG700-U33 boasts quad rails, silent operation and a good price point, but will it deliver the goods during our tests."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101120560s.jpg

Linky

02-08-2007, 08:54:00

Bungral
Linky doesn't work

02-08-2007, 08:59:38

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Linky doesn't work
Bah...fixed Thx for the headsup

02-08-2007, 10:15:26

Toxcity
Good review, a nice read.

The PSU looks pretty nice and performs well, But as said in the view wasn't able to keep up with others when it came to efficiency.

02-08-2007, 10:23:58

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'
Good review, a nice read.

The PSU looks pretty nice and performs well, But as said in the view wasn't able to keep up with others when it came to efficiency.
Yeah ideally I would have liked to give it an 8.5 for "Performance" but our graph doesn't allow that . 80% efficiency is by no means poor, but there's others out there that will hit 84%.

02-08-2007, 10:57:05

Mr. Smith
I need a new psu as my hiper is blue and I'm not going with a blue theme in my rig refresh...

I think 100 is my price point. Corsair 640w is a big contender, this could be too.

I know you don't need a mahoosive psu but i want to be able to power the upcoming 9800gtx or ati equiv. I want a psu that I can keep for a long time...

Nice review, a few extra touches, the good, the bad and the ugly influence made me laugh

02-08-2007, 12:36:29

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Bah...fixed Thx for the headsup
No problem.. Will take a little read of this in a min.. Just catching up on other bits of reading.

Did you give me reps for that?? If not i've got some somewhere else and I have no idea where :S

02-08-2007, 12:43:32

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

Nice review, a few extra touches, the good, the bad and the ugly influence made me laugh
Hehe, glad ya liked it. I was thinking of going for "the good, the bad and the slightly buggy" - not sure if everyone would have got it tho

02-08-2007, 13:38:49

ionicle
looks like a good psu

no unique quality's, and just the same old over again, thats the only problem with tagan i think

they all look the same, or similar, and its just a bit repetative, if each psu had a unique feature it would add to the ....interest of it

10-08-2007, 07:04:50

kimandsally
Great review as normal my rating for the review 10/10

With such attention to detail it really helps when choosing, this would be a unit I would not use as I feel the Corsair HX620 is better in this class, super quiet and much more efficient.

10-08-2007, 13:11:33

NickS
Very nice, even looks the same as my old U22. I loved that thing, did a great job! Kudos to Tagan for making a replacement as good as the original, and I'm glad they kept the same look, it looks great!
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