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Old 10-03-2006, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default Thermaltake Toughpower Modular 750W PSU

Power, we all need it, we all crave it and it's a part of life. Today I'm looking at an item that'll have you sounding like He-Man: "I have the power!" And you won't be wrong.

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Old 10-04-2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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Continuous wattage of 750W.
I'm not terribly familiar with what that means in the review. Is that like having a 750W light bulb on when my computer is on?

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It means that the PSU is capable of pushing up to 750W non-stop and be within spec. It's only going to use (and put out) as much wattage as your PC needs at any given time. If it needs 200W it'll put out that much and use about 240W given 80% efficiency.

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Awesome review Matt!

That's a beautiful PSU!
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Assuming you are who your name suggests, thats means a lot! While I am not Matt, thank you for the compliment.
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Thanks Jonny! It is a wonderful piece of equipment for sure
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I noticed something strange in your review, why is half of the fan covered with a transparent plastic? That thing there sure is getting in the way of our nice airflow. why did they put it there? I am wondering whether I have to remove it or not.
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That's there to force the air flow to act more like a fan laid out in a linear fashion from front to back. It deflects the air causing it to flow from the front of the PSU to the back. If you had a cut-away of the PSU looking at it from the side you'd see that the opening in the fan is in the front, the air flows from the fan down to the front of the PSU, down and then back thereby making for better air flow over and through the components in the unit. If taken out the air will dump straight out the rear of the PSU and actually cause it to run hotter.

It's like ducting for directed air flow so you want to leave it in place.
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Excellent easy to understand review, has helped me to finally make up my mind
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Question how many ide molex connectors?

Does anyone know exactly how many modular ide power cables this comes with? I suspect it comes with 4 IDE power cables with two molex connectors per cable. Is this correct?

How safe would it be to expand this to 16 connectors by use of a y splitter on each of the default connectors?
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For 16 drives? Not very since that's a grand total of 3A X 16 upon drive spin up and the IDE's all ride the same rail rated at 18A. If you're wanting to power relatively low draw items such as CCFL's and such it would be OK as long as you don't go overboard.

Also, if you have your drives set to stagger spin up (via the drive controller cards) it would likewise be OK as the drives only consume a minimal amount of power once they're all spinning.
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Ahh right, I guess that explains why my PSUs keep dying. Is there anything out there that can do what I want? If not what is the maximum?

I doubt my controller cards have stagger spin, but I will definitely look into that
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