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Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W Review

The Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W is a new PSU that heralds monitoring electricity cost, recording the status of your PC, and sharing that data in the cloud as its main features. All of that is great if that is what you are into, but as usual we first want to know how good of a PSU is it?

Introduction

Today, Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program with a more value oriented product than we last saw from them. As a company, Thermaltake has a rather short history being founded in just 1999, but in that short time they have grown rapidly. While Thermaltake's primary focus has been on thermal solutions, it has for some time now maintained a group of product lines dedicated to power supplies. The early power supplies in these lines were often of lower quality but over the years they have taken their power supply business in a new, and quite frankly better, direction as they paired with higher quality OEM's like CWT and Enhance. Today, we are looking at another product that is part of the Toughpower Series of power supplies from Thermaltake; the Toughpower DPS G 650W (TPG-0650D-G but also variously listed as TPG-650DH3FCG, PS-TPG-0650DPCG-G, etc). This unit is produced in conjunction with CWT. According to PC Hound it currently costs from $138 to $150.

Channel Well Technology (CWT) was founded and began manufacturing power supplies in 1993. Since 1993 Channel Well Technology products have shown up under various guises including Antec, Xclio, 2theMax, CWT, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and Corsair. While most familiar to our US users from when it used to provide OEM services for Antec, CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as it has a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to its well designed independently regulated SMPS. Recently however, CWT has begun stretching out and is providing OEM services for a number of brands as today’s unit demonstrates.

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Sweet 16?

The Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W is the 16th power supply we have seen from Thermaltake. In that time, we have only ever seen one other 650W product from Thermaltake and that was many years ago now. Indeed, the vast majority of the units we have seen from Thermaltake have been on the very large end of the scale with just a few smaller units like the recent Toughpower Gold 550W sprinkled in from time to time. Among those products, we have see a wide range of quality but the vast majority of that range has been on the good end of the spectrum. So, with the DPS G 650W, we would expect for that trend to continue today in "Digital" trim. Before moving on though, let's see what Thermaltake has to say about this unit:

New revolutionary Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Series is an innovative, digitally-controlled power supply with software. The combination of Toughpower DPS G and DPS G App2.0 Software creates an intelligent platform that allows you to:

1. Monitor the electricity cost of your PC آ– thereby helping you to manage your expenses.

2. Record the status of your PC آ– this helps you monitor and organize your quantitative database.

3. Share data in the cloud آ– this provides you an impeccable way of sharing with information friends.

Since none of that is a surprise (except for maybe the sharing data with friends which is just odd even for tech folks like us) given this unit's placement in Thermaltake's lineup, let's take a look at what we get when we purchase the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.