Thermaltake EVO_BLUE 650W PSU
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|Testing the Thermaltake 650W PSU|
The last Thermaltake Power Supply we looked at was way back in 2008 and it was the Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W. Today we are looking at a unit that is rated for half of the continuous power output with a peek output of 650W. We have the Thermaltake EVO_BLUE 650W on our bench and will put this mid-sized unit through the paces and see how far we can push it before it blows up. I've got my hopes set high on this PSU as it seems pretty solid and has more eye candy than any other PSU I've seen. Of course, a pretty face on any piece of hardware doesn't mean it's any good - case in point the Ultra X2 750W, but Thermaltake has a reputation for making solid power products. We'll find out shortly as we've once again dropped this unit on our PSU Test Bench to see how it will perform under idle, average and loaded conditions. We won't be using a multi-meter though as we want more accurate results. We'll be using a Tektronix Digital Scope for maximum accuracy and reliability. That being said, let's jump right in.
Whatever you may say negative about Thermaltake, they always present their products with classy packing and an overall good presentation. They live for the retail space and it shows. The Thermaltake EVO_BLUE 650W is a prime example of a product that has the full company support and pride behind it. Thermaltake claims that the PSU comes with a 5 Year Standard Warranty and they proudly display this on the box. For those of you concerned with efficiency, Thermaltake doesn't say if this is 80% efficient or not, but it does have an "Eco-Friendly" sticker on the box. I'm not sure if that has to do with the way it is manufactured or with its efficiency.
To be honest, there are not a lot of people that need more than a 650W PSU - if it can deliver what it claims. While some enthusiasts like the prestige that comes with having a 1kW or better power supply, the Thermaltake EVO_BLUE 650W comes with a total of 4 PCIe connectors and this should do for just about any two-card SLI or Crossfire setup available. We actually ran a couple of more cards with this PSU and it seemed to hold up - more on that later.
The included bundle includes everything you need - modular cables, manual, cable management strips and even a vibration dampener. You shouldn't need anything else and will be good to go.
The Thermaltake EVO_BLUE comes in a standard ATX-sized package and has a few extra things that make it stand out. The design of the PSU casing is quite unique and looks pretty snazzy with the side grills, aggressive styling and clear 140mm fan. Again, looks don't determine performance, but if you're sticking this unit if your case with a window, appearance does matter a bit.
The bright colors on the modular connectors, the large clear fan and the open grills are all good and if it works as good as it looks, we could have a winner on our hands.