Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775w PSU Review
Published: 10th May 2010 | Source: Thermaltake | Price: £87 |
Packaging & Appearance
Normally at this point I'd spend a good few paragraphs going over the various corners of the packaging and making fun out of any spelling mistakes that found their way onto the retail product. However, as nobody thought to put our sample in any kind of outer packaging before placing it in the hands of the courier, the XT arrived looking it had been sent round the world 3 times, accumulating a wide selection of shipping labels before handed to a Rottweiler as a chew toy.
Anyway, if one thing can be said for the packaging it's that it did its job. The single walled cardboard box, two slabs of foam and a bubblewrap bag kept the PSU well away from the dents and gouges incurred by the couriers, and the fact that Thermaltake were clever enough to place the mains lead and modular cables in separate compartments also means that nothing inside the box was free to rub up against the PSU's paintwork during the journey.
The contents of the box are fairly standard with only a mains cord, some screws, a manual, the modular cables and of course the PSU included.
Removing the PSU from it's bag we get a first look at the unit. Colour-wise it's a a kind of greyish, silverish, brownish, gold painted in a rather coarse powdercoat finish. I have to admit not being too keen on the punched fan grille as it reminds me slightly of a ventilation fan often seen in toilets, and it does look somewhat restrictive in comparison to a wire mesh grille. However, Thermaltake do deserve some points here as it's a break from boring black and it does help to give the unit an identity.
The rear of the XT looks quite similar to that of the Corsair HX series with a 'b' shaped honeycomb grill surrounding the mains socket and power switch. A large portion of the area at the top of the PSU is also taken up with a specification sticker that contains all the usual warnings, certification logos and a rail layout chart.
The side of the unit most likely to be visible from inside a windowed case hasn't escaped a large sticker either. In my opinion it does make the unit look a little tacky especially given that the sticker uses just matte colours with nothing special or shiny about it that would appeal to the Magpie inside me. However, in a completely unique move Thermaltake have actually placed three status LED's at the side of the unit that show when it is in Standby, Powered on or has had to switch off due to overheating.
Finally, the front of the unit features a punched Thermaltake logo along with a modular cable diagram sticker. A collection of eight modular connectors takes up most of the space, but let's move on to the next page and take a look at these in detail.