|Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2007|
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W0113RU Cables and Connectors
Thermaltake has done an impressive job thus far, convincing me that the Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU is a top-notch product. A view from the backside of the retail box offers the other side of the story, just as we now offer the other half of this review.
Like the idea or not, modular power supplies are the future. You can quote me on this later when it becomes true: any manufacturer who fails to adopt a detachable modular cable management system for their power supplies will soon find themselves out of business. As computer equipment demands more power and multiple connections (like the GeForce 8800 Ultra and GTX), any power supply without modular cable groups will quickly turn the inside of a computer into a bowl of spaghetti.
Based off of the original Channel Well Technology part (PUC1200V-A01), the Toughpower W0133RU offers all of the same great features (and a few flaws). Given a new more attractive finish by Thermaltake, and more colorful labels, the original PUC1200V-A01 is handily improved in the W0133RU part.
Notice that the Toughpower offers a fully documented rail interface to the cable groups. Also notice that there is no grommet protecting the primary cable group wires from rubbing (and possibly causing short circuit) against the chassis opening. Thankfully, the opening is stamped open, with a rolled edge, which makes the chance of cutting through the wires very minimal.
Taking a closer look at the cable groups, both native and modular, the Toughpower W0133RU seems to be cutting corners in regards to sleeve coverage. While I am sure the argument for the extended portion of the un-sleeved cable group is that it allows for greater flexibility, it seems excessive. If Thermaltake (actually Channel Well Technology) had taken the sleeves to the native cable group all the way back into the chassis (like most other PSU's), there would be little reason to fear rubbing the wires raw.
The power cord is the standard 16AWGX3C component, found with most power supply units being sold today. Other manufacturers have taken to providing an improved power cord with the unit, such as in the nicely finished Mushkin HP-580AP power cord.