Tagan 2-Force II TG700-U33 700w PSU

Internals & Cables

Internal Components

In the past, many people have judged the quality of a PSU on it's weight and quantity of internal components. However, with many manufacturers moving on to newer and more efficient ways of designing their PSU's, it has become increasingly obvious that this is no longer a reliable method for gauging a power supply's quality. However, in the interest of having something fun to do, we'll be opening up the TG700-U33 and having a poke around.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Inside Tagan 2-Force II 700w Inside

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Inside Tagan 2-Force II 700w Inside

For a PSU rated at 700w, I was surprised by the clean and uncluttered arangement of components inside the unit. From the images above we can see two fairly small yellow transformers manufactured by Viking. The smallest of the two transformers is most likely responsible for stepping down the power to the +3.3v and +5.0v rails with the larger being responsible for all four of the +12v rails.

Two large black aluminium heatsinks have been used to cool the mosfets beneath, with an arrangement of fins that compliments the direction of airflow through the unit.

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

As previously mentioned, both fans used inside the TG700-U33 are 80mm in size. However, after removing them from the casing, it's clear to see that Tagan have chosen two different fans, with the fan on the left being 25mm depth and the fan on the right being a much skinnier 15mm depth. Full details on both fans can be found below:

Model: S0801512H
Size (mm): 80x80x15
Airflow (CFM): 27.2
Speed (RPM): 3000
Noise (dBA): 33.2

Model: S0802512HD
Size (mm): 80x80x25
Airflow (CFM):39.8
Speed (RPM): 3000
Noise (dBA): 32.6


Cables & Connectors

One of the things Tagan are well known for is their attention to detail when it comes to keeping cables tidy. Previous Tagan units have always featured their trademark shielded PCI-E connectors along with platted SATA and Molex cables. Let's see if Tagan has continued this trend with the U33..

Tagan 2-Force II 700w Cables Tagan 2-Force II 700w Cables

As we can see from above, Tagan have decided to sleeve all cables right to the very last connector. Many manufacturers only sleeve some of the cables, or sleeve up to the first connector on every cable which can leave the PSU looking incomplete.

The sleeving job is of high quality, with fabric tape holding the sleeving in place and black heatshrink extending right up to the SATA and Molex plugs.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w ATX Tagan 2-Force II 700w EPS

The ATX connector on the TG700-U33 is native 24-pin. However, as you can see above, a small block of 4 connectors can be broken off to switch the connector to 20-pin. As many motherboards still make use of the P4-12v 4-Pin connector, Tagan have chosen to include two separate cables for P4-12v (4-pin) and EPS12v (8-pin) standards.

Tagan 2-Force II 700w PCI-E

With new graphics cards hitting the market that make use of the 8-Pin PCI-E connector it's good to see that Tagan have provided a connector that can be used in this format. For those of us who require 2x 6-Pin PCI-E connectors for configurations such a dual 8800GTS grapics cards, the 8-Pin connector can be reduced to 6-Pin by simply snapping away the extra two blocks at the end of the connector.
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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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