Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold RGB

The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition) claim to fame is that we can now have Frag Harder Disco Lights on, or rather inside of our PSU. While the RGB lighting is not much concern to us, we do however want to know if this Thoughpower stays inside ATX specification, and if so, does it shine brightly while doing it?

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition) is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.

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Today's packaging of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition) looks just like what we have seen from most recent Thermaltake units. Once more, we see a picture of the included unit and a list of features. Among these features we see such things as "Patented RGB 256 Colors PSU Fan," "Low Ripple Noise," "Smart Zero Fan," "Fully Modular Flat Cables," "100% Japanese Capacitors," and "10 Year Warranty." Among those items, perhaps the most interesting is the 10 year warranty. For a product that is not at the top end of Thermaltake's offerings, that is a very generous warranty length and it is longer than what we have seen in the past. Moving past those items, we find an 80 Plus Gold seal. A quick check of the 80 Plus website does indeed find the unit listed, how it actually compares to that criteria we will see a bit later. Lastly on the front, we see a group of seals about various manufacturers RGB products that is likely supposed to indicate which products/brands this unit is compatible with. When we move to the rear of the packaging, we find a good amount of useful information here. Among the things we find are the power table (reproduced below), the connector count (reproduced below), an efficiency graph, and a fan speed/noise graph. We also find a little bit of advertising about voltage regulation and ripple/noise values. Around the sides of the packaging, we find some advertising points that pertain to the RGB fan that is included in the unit.

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The power information for the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition) is similar to what we have seen from other 850W products over the last few years. The 12v capacity is 70.9A or ~100% of the unit’s total possible capacity if necessary. When we look at the minor rails, we see that these are capped at a robust, for modern times, 120W and each rail is individually capable of 22A. When we move on to look at the connectors paired with these output capacities, we find that the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition) has six modified 8-pin PCIe connectors, four Molex connectors, and twelve SATA connectors. This arrangement is very robust and this should meet the needs of the vast majority of people looking for an 850W product.

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Once we open the Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold (RGB Sync Edition), we find the power supply, modular cables in a pouch, mounting screws, the power cord, a product warranty policy, and the user manual. The user manual is one piece of paper folded like an accordion and then folded in half. As before with this style of user manual from Thermaltake, on this sheet we find the connector counts, power labels, installation instructions, some electrical specifications, and a few troubleshooting steps repeated in 12 languages. So, the manual isn't great but we just don't see the documentation quality we used to from just about anyone. Let's move on now and look at the unit itself.