Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 600W Power Supply Review

Small form factor personal computers have gotten more and more popular over the last few years, and along with that we have been seeing more and more computer power supplies built with SFX specifications in mind. Thermaltake's Toughpower is one of those and packs along with it 600 watts of efficient power.

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 SFX 600W (STP-0600F-G but also variously listed as PS-STP-0600FPCGXX-G, STP-600AH1FEG, etc depending if you look for the model or part number.). This unit is produced in conjunction with Enhance.

Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd. was founded over 30 years ago in 1986. While a major power supply OEM Enhance is not nearly as well known to most users as some other OEMs as its core business focus has been outside of the desktop market in areas such as servers, embedded, and telecom markets. However, its products have started to surface in the US consumer realm in the last year or so under the likes of Thermaltake, Silverpower, Antec, Cooler Master, and Thermaltake, as well as the occasional Enhance branded model.

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It's Small, But Is It Tough Enough?

Over the years, we have reviewed a large number of standard ATX/EPS power supplies but only a few power supplies of other formfactors such as Auxiliary power supplies, TFX power supplies, redundant power supplies, and SFX power supplies. Recently, though, we have had somewhat of a run of these formfactors "other than ATX" come though including both SFX and SFX-L units. Today, Thermaltake is showing up for the first time with one of these slightly less common, in the enthusiast realm, formfactors with their Toughpower SFX 600W. Which, from the name, you might guess is a SFX formfactor unit. As this is the first time we have seen an SFX unit from Thermaltake, we do not have a track record to go off. However, what we do have is a good bit of competition as we have recently seen the Corsair SF600 and the SilverStone SX600-G which this unit will be going head to head against in the market place. With both of those units providing robust competition, the Toughpower SFX 600W is going to have its work cut out for it! While that may seem daunting, Thermaltake has been rolling out solid product after solid product for some time now so passing isn't the real question. The question will be how does this unit separate itself from other options. Before moving on then, let's see what Thermaltake has to say about this specialty item:

Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 600W Gold

Incorporating various high-quality components, Toughpower SFX 600W Gold saves energy through its 80 PLUS Gold certified high efficiency of up to 90% and accommodates any mainstream build. The included matte black SFX to ATX adapter bracket enables users to easily install SFX Power supply into ATX chassis. Additionally, an embedded temperature controlled Zero RPM Smart Fan System is optimized to deliver excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level. Fully modular flat cable design is convenient for cable management. Moreover, the powerful single +12V rail enables non-stop usage with stable and reliable performance.

Let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases the Toughpower SFX 600W power supply at retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.