While last year saw an abundance of power supplies with 80 Plus Silver certification, the trend has this year moved on to more expensive metals. Most manufacturers now bring to market a standard 80 Plus power supply, an 80 Plus Gold model as deluxe option, and an 80 Plus Platinum model for the high-end market. Thermaltake recently updated its portfolio of PSUs, and introduced a number of new Gold models in the ToughPower series. Hardware.Info tested the ToughPower 650W and 750W.
Thermaltake wants to position the power supplies as Gold, but keep them affordable. The cost-saving sacrifice in this case was to not make the power supplies modular. The average price of the 650W model is £74, and the 750W model costs around £83, which does make Thermaltake the most affordable option for 80 Plus Gold PSUs of this capacity.
With the Gold certificate Thermaltake promises that both power supplies are at least 87 percent efficient. Both PSUs are single-rail. The 650W supplies 50 ampère on 12V, and the 750W delivers 60A. Both PSUs come with four molex, 6 SATA and 4 6/8-pin PEG connectors. All cables are sleeved. The fan speed is dependent upon the load, which has become standard for quality PSUs. The exterior is standard fare, it just looks like a power supply.