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Thermaltake Toughpower 650W / 750W review: turning silver into gold

Excellent PSUs: if you don't mind that they aren't modular

The Thermaltake Toughpower 650W and 750W make a very good impression, even if they don't stand out in a single area. Thermaltake does prove it can make quality 80 Plus Gold power supplies at an affordable price, so if you don't mind that they aren't modular then these are excellent products. See also: Corsair AX1200i 1200W review: a new benchmark in high-end PSUs.

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. Visit Upgrade Advisor.

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.

When you compare the 650W model with the winners from the recent Hardware.Info round-up, then you will see that the price difference with the best 650W PSU (Corsair AX650) is significant, while the Thermaltake one is more efficient than the cheapest recommendations (Antec HCG-620 and Nexus NX-6000). 

Comparing the 750W model with the winners from the 750-800W PSU round-up from last year, then Thermaltake again holds its own very well. It's almost as efficient as the Cooler Master and Corsair, but also much cheaper and more quiet than the Cooler Master.

The Thermaltake Toughpower 650W and 750W make a very good impression, even if they don't stand out in a single area. Thermaltake does prove it can make quality 80 Plus Gold power supplies at an affordable price, so if you don't mind that they aren't modular then these are excellent products. Read the full review on Hardware.Info.

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W

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