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Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Power Supply Review

Frag-harder RGB lighting is all the rage, and so of course we are now seeing those in PSUs too. Thermaltake has a healthy 850 watt PSU here for review today that actually hits the sub-$100 mark by 1 cent. Fully modular with great DC output; is there anything not to like? You can turn the RGB off. And a 7 year warranty.

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 OEMs like CWT and Enhance. Today, we are looking at a new product that is part of the SMART Series of power supplies from Thermaltake. The unit we are looking at today is the Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze (SPR-850AH3FSB-R, SPR-0850F-R, PS-SPR-0850FPCBxx-R, or SPR-0850F-R) is produced in conjunction with CWT.

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 they used to provide OEM services for Antec, CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as they have a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to its well designed independently regulated SMPS.

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Smart and Flashy?

To say the Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze is the latest in a long line of power supplies we have seen from Thermaltake over the years might be a bit of an understatement. In fact, this is not only one of many power supplies we have seen from Thermaltake, it is also the fourth 850W model we have seen. What is perhaps interesting about this product is that even though it comes in at 850W this unit represents a more value or budget friendly line than what most of the other units we have seen from Thermaltake do at this capacity level and up. However, just because it is a more value based offering does not mean that the unit has to give up on quality and today that is exactly what we are going to be looking at; is this a budget friendly but quality unit? First though, what does Thermaltake have to say about this unit:

Thermaltake, as the pioneer who incorporates RGB lights into PSU, has launched the Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series, coming with a pre-installed, patented 256 colors Riing 14 RGB fan with 5 lighting modes to choose from and built-in memory.

Featuring capacities ranging from 650W to 850W and 80 PLUS Bronze certification, Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series adopts the high quality components and fully modular design that always accommodate any mainstream build under any circumstance.

Let's move on now and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.