Thermaltake 520W model is stable even when overclocking the CPU to 2.5GHz from standard 1.8GHz and accordingly adjusting voltages. The only potential problem I noted is the whole PowerStation device “thing” I have nothing against flexibility and benefits coming from innovative components such as this one, but in the long run it plays too much of a decisive factor with this product.
Thermaltake is a well know company among enthusiasts. It was founded back in 1999. Their success started with manufacturing high-end CPU HSFs and case accessories. The most memorable cooler was the Golden ORB available for both Intel and AMD platforms. The introduction of PC cases, power supply units and liquid cooling systems gave the company a nice head start in the market.
2004 – Restructure of the company in correspondence to the global scale it has grown into: reorganization of patent, channel, chassis, power supplier & computer accessories, and industrial design departments to strengthen organizational management and reinforce our commitment to research and development. Designs cooler for the heat-conducting pipe to the specification of desktop Silent Tower and four other types of CPU. Manufactures fanless power supplier with Fanless PSU. Unveils Tsunami chassis, incorporating the mirror bake-coating technology and a transparent, see-through side-window. Designs 12CM, applying low-noise liquid cooler Big Water which receives AMD’s outstanding partner award. Size of net capital now grows to NT 75 million while the cash capital increases to NT 255 million.
Today, Thermaltake is a leader in supplying high-quality PC accessories, chassis and other components. If you want to feast your eyes on something fresh from Tt, make sure you check out our PowerColor X800 GT EVO review sporting TideWater Liquid Cooling System.
Power supplies play a crucial part in how our computers operate. Number of Watts a power box has will not make your computer more stable — as long as you don’t overload your system. What many motherboard manufacturers require now are stricter voltage / Amps requirements on all rails rather than exuberant Wattage.
Today I will be looking at Thermaltake’s Pure Power PowerStation 520W modular PSU. This is a new product from the company, designed mainly with flexibility in mind.
Features & Specifications
From technical point of view Thermaltake’s Power Station is well equipped. Modular design gives it plenty of flexibility. Modding communities will also adhere to the looks of the PSU and Power Station. Cable management is an important factor considering we want as little clutter as possible. Let’s take a peak at the features:
- The ingenious Modularized Cable Management and Power Station that allows you to arrange cables easier and smarter.
- 5.25” P.S.T fits any 5.25” driver bay and offer various connectors for all peripheral devices.
- Mini P.S.T offers convenient output for devices and accessories at various location.
- Blue LED around 5.25” P.S.T socket to illuminate your system.
- Rubber Sleeved Cable increase air flow and decrease clutter inside the chassis.
- Active PFC, improve energy efficiency and reduce current load on AC delivery systems.
- Protections against Over Power, Short-Circuit, Over-current, Overload, and Over-temperature.
- Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CSA, and CUL certification (For Active PFC). FCC, UL, CUL, CSA certification (For Non PFC)
- Dual 6-pin PCI-Express connectors for High-end VGA card.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI and Dual PCI-E video card setup
PurePower 520W comes with abundance of different cables. Another great feature is Active PFC (Power Factor Correction). Whether you’re in Europe or United States this PSU will work without a hitch.
+3.3v (30A), +5v (30A), +12v1 (15A), +12v2 (15A), -12v (0.3A), +5VSB (2.0A)
Peak Load: 550W, +5v and +3.3v rails max out at 200W
Here are detailed specifications of PowerStation 520W:
|Switches||ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch(115/230 V selector switch)|
(Power Factor Correction)
Blue LED 12 cm Fan:
SPEED : 2000 RPM(+/-10%)
|Noise||17dB at 1300 RPM|
|P. G. Signal||100-500ms|
|Over Voltage Protection recycle AC to reset|| +5V trip point < +7.0V |
+3.3V trip point < +4.5V
+12V trip point <+15.6V
|Net Weight||1.8 kg|
|Input Voltage||100 VAC / 240 VAC|
|Input Frequency Range||47 ~ 63 Hz|
Voltage is switched automatically depending on what you have in your wall socket, either 115 or 230V — no need for additional switches, neat right? The PSU features 120 mm fan rocking at ~2000 RPM, automatically controlled by temperature. In case of a short cirtuit, Thermaltake’s PSU will kick in with Over Voltage Protection temporarily shutting down power to all of the components. It’s designed to protect all your computer peripherals currently connected to the power house.
Let’s have a look at the package and the inside. Thermaltake Power Station 520W comes in a nicely designed box as seen below.
4 pin 1 to 3 / 4 pin long (mini PST)
4 pin short / floppy cable
PCI-e / power cable (PSU->PST)
Let’s have a look at the power box itself.
External Looks & Installation
Now that we have the bundle behind us, let me concentrate on the power house itself. This is a standard ATX 2.0 power supply but with bells and whistles. Keep on reading if you want to know what I mean by that…
Braided power cables from a close up. Very sturdy solution. No more cable tanglements. Better case ventilation.
Installation procedure was standard, though we had to wait for replacement unit. The PST device was damaged, giving us no power at all (neither 3.3v, 5v or 12v):
Below is test bed configuration used throughout our reviewing procedures:
|Components||– DFI NF4 Ultra-D|
– Athlon64 3000+ Venice
– 2x256MB Corsair PC3200LLP (Dual Channel)
– Thermaltake PurePower 520W
– Channel Well 420 Watt PSU
– PowerColor X800 XL 512 MB
|Software||– Windows XP SP2 |
– DirectX 9.0c
– nForce4 6.53 drivers
– CATALYST 5.10
|Tools used||– 3DMark 2005 v1.2.0 (GT 1 looped 3 times)|
– Digital Multimeter for voltage measurement
|Notes||CPU clocked at 1.8GHz (idle/load) and 2.5GHz (idle OC/load OC)|
Testing & Conclusion
For a lot of the readers, this is probably the most important part of any product review: testing and performance under different kinds of working environments. The tolarance level for most PSUs nowadays is +/- 5% from the nominal voltage. With that in mind I recorded minimum, maximum and average rail values (both idle, loaded and overclocked states).
Thermaltake’s PurePower PSU performs marvelously when system is in idle/loaded and overclocked state. Voltages do not fluctuate as seen with Channel Well PSU. Overclocking the processor to 2.5GHz @ 1.475v (default 1.8GHz) gives us tag higher voltages, but the tolarance level is still within +/- 5 percent range.
In a nutshell, Thermaltake’s modular PSU is a good performer in its 500 class. Although I wasn’t able to overload this power supply (not even getting close to 500 Watts), it’s obvious — this Thermaltake 520W model is stable even when overclocking the CPU to 2.5GHz from standard 1.8GHz and accordingly adjusting voltages. The only potential problem I noted is the whole PowerStation device “thing” I have nothing against flexibility and benefits coming from innovative components such as this one, but in the long run it plays too much of a decisive factor with this product.
As I understand, Thermaltake wants clearer product diversification and that certainly is a big plus. The whole idea of PST / mini PST is to ease one’s cable management experience and make it as pleasurable as possible. As for price, Thermaltake PowerStation 520W is available for as low as $132 over at TheNerds
A handy tool — multimeter + Tt PowerStation 520W PSU inside
+ Flexible design
+ Modular cable management
+ Dual 12v rails
+ Good Amp delivery across all rails
+ SLI / Dual PCI-e ready
– Unworkable without PST module
– Power Station device is too long
– Might seem a bit pricey