|Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2007|
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Closer Look: Toughpower 1200W
At first glance, the retail package holds back nothing and keeps no secrets. Thermaltake has done a great job of dressing up the packaging for the Toughpower W0133RU 1200W, which is a nice separation from the average boring scene found on other retail boxes.
The contents of the retail packaging are safely packaged for transportation with today's (abusive) carriers. Contained in closed-cell foam is the Toughpower W0133RU 1200W unit, nestled beside it are the large array of modular cables with twist-ties on each group, and a small white box containing an ordinary power cord. Thermaltake has also thoughtfully included a silicon rubber dampening pad which fits between the power supply and the adjoining case.
The large 140mm cooling fan is best seen in the image below, through the stamped steel grill. Truth be told, I am a fan of any power supply chassis which does not use a standoff grill or some other protective cover which might protrude past the surface level. Removing the Mushkin HP-580AP from the Lian Li PC-B20A was a real pain thanks to a raised button label and grill, and I'm thankful the experience won't be repeated.
The honeycomb stamped steel grill on the back end of the power supply chassis is one of the more attractive finishes available. Unfortunately, the hideously ugly (and abnormally large) rocker switch takes away a few points from appearance, especially after the illumination glows like the orange switches on older power strips.
The first extended chassis PSU I reviewed was the Hiper HPU-4M730-SS Type M, which could barely fit into the Antec P182 Performance One ATX Case we were testing at the time. Well, the same would hold true for the Toughpower 1200W power supply, which measures 7.87 inches long.
It's my opinion that if you spend the money on a premium product like the Toughpower W0133RU PSU, you might not want to skimp and purchase a "B" level case like the P182. Something more upscale, more refined and accommodating, like the Lian Li PC-B20A ATX Case. Either way, make sure your enclosure will support the extended length of this power supply.