PSU Toughpower DPS G from Thermaltake with a USB interface gained considerable popularity in the market. Meanwhile, Thermaltake decided to expand the “digital” line of new models with an updated look and more features, such as a fan from the RGB-backlit, which can be controlled through the application. In our test lab just entered PSU Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W certification 80Plus Gold.
Toughpower DPS G refers to the second generation “polutsifrovyh” the Thermaltake power supplies, which were first introduced two years ago. Initially PSU 80PLUS Gold certification was issued later Thermaltake added thereto 80PLUS Platinum model. At Thermaltake DPS G has a special feature – a software interface through which you can monitor the power supply parameters. Thermaltake also added support for cloud and visualization of energy (in the context of energy conservation), is available to monitor and control the basic functions.
Now revised Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G line, changing the design and adding new features. Power Supplies Toughpower DPS G RGB got a fan from the RGB-backlit using DPS tools, you can choose any shade of illumination. Also, the power supply “Toughpower RGB” will be available in four models with certification 80PLUS Titanium in the power range from 850 to 1,500 watts. But so far they have not come out. On the other hand, RGB model with 80Plus Gold efficiency have already appeared on the market at a very reasonable price.
Toughpower DPS G RGB line 80PLUS Gold certification consists of four models ranging from 650 to 1,250 watts. We tested the 650-watt power supply, which can be purchased at a price of 140 euros.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold comes in a cardboard box on which is printed the basic information about BP specifications. The power supply box is packaged in a foam.
Supply Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W quite standard. In addition to the power connection cable, AC power and mounting screws you will receive a manual.
Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold appearance stands out among the cheapest models of PD, although we get the standard metal sheets anthracite. Golden ventilation grille, a long time served as the hallmark of Toughpower, gave way to a conventional lid, which is almost entirely perforated.
Option with a new grille does not look so bright, and certainly in the production cheaper. But the old version had a problem because of the small distance between the fan impeller and bars sometimes touches the metal, resulting in a rattle. Compared with the Toughpower DPS G body has changed, and other details. Instead of rounded vertical edges and a red rim, we got a standard look and feel, although attention is attracted by a plurality of longitudinal vents.
On the inner side near the connectors to connect the modular cables can be seen mini-USB socket, through which you can refer to the Toughpower DPS G. Thermaltake digital interface makes mini-USB cable, which is connected to the corresponding motherboard comb. If the comb is not free, you can use the standard cable, mini-USB, connecting the power supply to the USB port.
On the outer side of the power supply, we get the usual socket connection of the network cable and the power switch is turned on. Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold refers to the classical models with a wide input voltage range from 100 to 240 V.
On the inner side of the connectors can be seen the power connections. Besides the two connectors 24P ATX cable, there are four 6-pin SATA power cable and peripherals, as well as three 8-pin 12V Two red cables are used to connect PCI Express power, black – 8-pin CPU power cable. Mechanically they are the same, that is, the red plug PCI Express power cable can be inserted in black jack EPS. Electrical wiring 8 konaktnyh nests also the same. The difference observed in the layout of connectors PCI Express and EPS contacts on the side of the computer, there will not be confused.
Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold is based on a line 12, thanks to the modern architecture of the entire nominal power capacity of the unit is available on line 12 Rated current on the line 12 from Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W claimed up to 54 A, which corresponds to the power of 648 watts. Secondary voltages are obtained by DC-DC conversion from the line 12, the load on them is permitted up to 20 A with a combined capacity of up to 100 watts. In general, the characteristics for the 650-watt power supply is very decent.
As can be seen on the interior Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold, it uses the same platform CWT, that of the “precursor” Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W. It is based on the resonance conversion LLC, Synchronous Rectification and converters DC-DC – standard among high-end power supplies. Thermaltake is not saved on the components used in electrolytic capacitors Nippon Chemicon. The backbone capacity model 390 set at 400 uF V. For the secondary circuits are used, including solid state capacitors.
As befits a good power supply, at the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold uses multiple protection schemes, but Thermaltake does not indicate them exactly. According to the owner’s manual, the power supply has a protection against excessively high voltage (OVP), overload (OPP), and short-circuit (SCP). A software layer “SPM” you can activate the protection or overtemperature warning (OTP), fan failure or too low voltage (UVP), from the microprocessor Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W also have the appropriate protection scheme. The only question is whether they are active or not without using the software interface. We spent OCP tests that confirm the existence of protection for the secondary lines, always switch off the power supply when the current 34 A. With regard to the line 12, there is off observed at a current strength of more than 70 A.
Let us turn to the noise level and equipment.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold uses a 140-mm fan, which is a special feature LED-strip surrounding the impeller. In RGB version installed multi-color LEDs, which can be arbitrarily choose the right shade.
Thermaltake Fan production model has a number of TT-1425, but also can be seen marking “Hongsheng” and the model number A1425L12S. This fan is used in other products Thermaltake. To determine the exact type of bearing, we could not. Judging from the noise, we have a ball bearing, which is logical, given the long-term guarantee of ten years.
Fan Controller Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Gold is focused on quiet active. The fan starts to work with a speed of 600 rev / min, the noise level it is really very quiet. Only in the immediate vicinity can be seen bearing a weak buzzing. Low speed is kept to about 60 percent of the load. When the load controller begins to slowly build momentum, reaching 850 r / min under a load of 80%. Fan, again, can be called a pleasant quiet. At full load, the speed increases again, this time up to 1,150 rev / min. Fan noise is already noticeable, but it is still relatively soft and non-irritating. Through the DPS application can be activated by a semi-fan mode. By default, the fan is always active.
The impeller is set around LED RGB ring blower housing, whose color can be chosen arbitrarily. You can use the DPS application. You can set a specific color on a permanent basis, or to select the effect of cyclic change of colors. Brightness LED-ring can also be adjusted. Location of the ring around the impeller, that is for the grille, gives an interesting volumetric effect. In general, the idea can be called a successful producer.
Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W is equipped with fully modular cables connection system. Location is quite standard interfaces, in two rows. PCI Express connectors are marked red. In 8-pin black socket CPU power mechanical and electrical layout is identical, so when you connect PCI Express cables should focus on the color red. Of course, there are also signatures.
Cables Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W made as flat black plumes, including ATX main cable. manufacturing and cable length can be called a quality quite good. There are four PCI Express connector that 650-watt power supply is pretty good. Also, the buyer will receive eight SATA power connectors and eight 4-pin Molex. So what can be supplied quite a lot of peripherals.
On interfaces supply Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W showed himself very well, we liked the quiet fan, equipped with beautiful lighting.
At Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W there is a USB interface, which is accessible via the “Digital” function power supply. By itself, the Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W is a classic analog power supply, as well as 99 per cent of BP in the market. But the manufacturer has added a number of digital components and a microprocessor, which allowed for the PC connection interface. Software DPS 2.0 software provides hardware monitoring function, including measurement (and logging), voltage, current, fan speed and temperature. You can also change some of the parameters of the power supply, for example, a fan control mode or RGB-illumination.
DPS application automatically detects the mains voltage after the launch. In the main window, you can switch between the different tabs. The screenshot above shows the current on line 12, the right icon indicates the current voltage 11.89 V. To see the values on lines 3.3 V or 5 V, F, press on the icon on the left, changing the voltage. The application works stably and smoothly. But features Thermaltake DPS application yet inferior Corsairs Link. The screen can not display all the measured parameters at the same time, you have to constantly switch from using icons.
However, DPS application graphically looks nicer Corsairs Link, although convenient and simple logging in a CSV file in the utility Corsair Link is an important advantage.
The brightness and color of the illumination of the fan can be set through the DPS application. You can select the mode of constant color or colors of the cyclic changes, but there is no possibility to control the latter.
The user can create a free account in the cloud SPM Cloud, contact him local DPS application. But first you need to confirm your email address. Then DPS app will send information about the measured parameters and energy consumption in the cloud SPM Cloud. The transfer is not performed on a regular basis and when certain events occur, such as when the system is rebooted. Then the portal can estimate power consumption.
You can display graphs of voltage, current, power and efficiency, as well as the temperature and fan speed.
You can see a map that marked other users SPM Cloud, willing to share data. As might be expected, in Taiwan the number of SPM Cloud biggest users – a little less than 160. In Europe, we counted only 44, along with our testing system.
An interesting feature is to detail the energy consumption. Because of problems with your account, we analyzed over just a few days. But if you’re interested in the details of the computer power, Thermaltake provides detailed information.
In some areas, Thermaltake “Smart Power Management” is not fully functional, but on Thermaltake website SPM indicates the status of the beta version. We could not make Thermaltake account because the letter did not come to check on our address email. Interestingly, it came to the box properly, which we use for different subscriptions. Without a confirmed email address DPS app can be used “off-line” mode, ie with a local logging, but without access to the cloud SPM Cloud. Of course, cloud SPM Cloud is more than a nice bonus to the overall functionality of the power supply. Even with social factors, it is unlikely it will be interesting to many users to share information on energy consumption of the system. However, someone auto-logging and remote access to data seem useful.
After the announcement of the program 80 PLUS, the last 8 years at PSU market efficiency began to play an increasingly important role. The buyer got a pretty simple criterion to select – 80 PLUS, and the manufacturers have appeared convenient opportunity to differentiate their products through the certification level of efficiency. It’s nice to PSU efficiency that customers now receive several reasons justifying the purchase of a very good power supply. Let’s start with energy saving, which is reflected in the account of electricity, and if you are worried about the environment, you can slightly reduce the amount of combustion of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Also, smaller energy conversion loss leads to less heating power supply components. Finally, a more efficient power supply means more quality components and the latest technology. In any case, we performed quality control of the output voltage as a good power supply should not only work efficiently, but also stable.
Thanks to our test station we can fix the power consumed by the power supply from the wall outlet and power load (imaginary) of the computer that allows you to calculate the efficiency of power supplies. First we look at the effectiveness of different loads, and then move on to assess the effectiveness of a fixed load at three levels.
We begin to measure the efficiency with very low load level of five per cent, which corresponds to the power slightly above 30 watts. Power supplies are not optimized for such a low load, so high performance is not expected here. Test Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W showed good efficiency of 75%. When the load increases up to ten percent, we have already received a decent efficiency of 85.7%.
At 20% load power supply has already reached the current level of effectiveness. We got an excellent result of 90.5%. Maximum efficiency in power supplies typically observed in 40 to 60% load range. In the case of our 650-watt Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB we have received a maximum of 92.3% at a load of 40%. But at the level of 30% efficiency was also quite high – 91.7%. After peaking at 40% efficiency is gradually reduced to 60% of the load, and then began to decrease more. But at full load, we still got a very decent efficiency of 89.4%.
For power supplies, we also had three dimensions, corresponding to the three 80 PLUS certification level (20%, 50%, 100% load) with mains supply 115 V / 60 Hz. The distribution of our test station load does not quite match that of 80PLUS in laboratories, but to use it for an exemplary comparison. With the level of 90.5% / 91.1% / 87.1% Power Supply Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W exceeded the minimum bar for 87% / 90% / 87% required for the certification of 80PLUS Gold. At full load, the gap was small, but the efficiency is more important for small and medium loads, where we have a significant advantage Thermaltake PSU.
Equally interesting it is to compare the efficacy in three fixed loads, because it allows to evaluate the efficiency of power units in terms as if they are set to the same configuration. The first load of 90 W corresponds to the old office PC or a modern computer average in idle mode. PSU Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W showed relatively good performance of 89.0%, surpassing many models and the Gold Bronze certification, including Corsair RM650i and be quiet! Straight Power E10 CM 600W.
When the load increases, in this case, up to 250 W power supply Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W showed a very good result of 92.4%. Here Thermaltake stands on par with comparable power supplies, such as Corsair RM650i or Edison M 650W from Fractal Design. With increasing load up to 500 W Thermaltake power supply loses its advantage, observed at low loads. But still it speaks quite well. Next significantly beyond just a block from the Straight Power supply be quiet!
Efficiency Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W can be called good. At light loads, the power supply has shown performance is slightly above average for the 80PLUS Gold Level. The rest of the load range, we obtain the efficiency level of other good Gold power supplies.
The quality of the output voltage is one of the most important criteria for the power supply, no less important than efficiency. The power supply must work stably, the voltage must not “jump”, otherwise it may affect your computer. So we checked the voltage levels at different loads, and evaluated whether they are within acceptable ranges ATX specifications. Recall that according to ATX specifications permitted deviation of plus / minus 5 percent of rated voltage, we just set the data threshold values on the charts as the boundary.
In addition, we evaluated the quality of the output voltage using oscilloscope. In particular, we evaluated the high frequency noise and ripple voltages that occur on the output lines of the DC. They are associated with the principle of pulse power supplies, and depending on the design and quality of power supply filters may be smoothed with varying degrees of success. ATX standard provides for a line of 12 allowable ripple 120 mV (peak to peak), and the lines for 3.3 V and 5 V – 50 mV (peak to peak).
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W has shown good results of stress stability for its class. As we got the secondary voltage drop of only 2.4% and 2.5%, within the permissible. By line 12 the drop was relatively small – only 1.2% when the load increases from 10% to complete. The reason lies in the fact that the Toughpower slightly raises the voltage in the load area of 20-40%.
Since ripple and noise we get a decent picture. Thermaltake Power Supply showed 23 or 27 mV along the lines of 3.3 V and 5 V, about half of the permissible level. Through line 12, we received a very low ripple up to 16 mV, here Thermaltake appears no worse than the best models on the market.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W has shown good results in quality and stability of the output voltage. For its class power supply provides enough stable voltage ripple too, do not exceed the permissible limits. A through line 12 The result is comparable with the best models on the market.
With the new model Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W Thermaltake has introduced an interesting power supply that leaves a good overall impression. Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W copes with its main work, and you get a nice backlight RGB-fan and a digital interface to monitor the operating parameters by Thermaltake DPS application.
As might be expected from the power supply 80PLUS Gold, we got a good level of performance, even slightly above average for this class for small-medium loads. Under high load efficiency was comparable to competitors. Note a slight voltage drop under load, and low ripple and noise. The advantages of Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W can be attributed fully modular cables connection system, plug the four PCI Express, SATA and eight-eight 4-pin Molex – quite a decent set for a given class. Fan Toughpower stands out due to multi-color backlight, but the noise level is quite low. When you load up to 60 percent of the fan operates almost inaudibly, but even at full load, the power supply remains relatively quiet.
With the software, the user can not only keep track of the key parameters, but also to change the illumination color and fan controller mode. Thermaltake also offers support for cloud SPM Cloud. Users can publish their data on energy consumption system on the portal Thermaltake SPM, but accessible and remote monitoring functions. Although we do not know how they will be in demand among users. DPS app works well and is stable, but it is still more than a nice bonus. We did not have a general overview screen where you can view all the current settings. Of course, there is the possibility of SPM Cloud PSU data analysis, but have to constantly load the operating parameters of the cloud.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 650W – good power supply, whose capabilities are expanded through Thermaltake Smart Power Management platform.