ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

The Toughpower 650W – it’s tough, it’s sufficiently powerful but it’s not made of gold. šŸ˜€

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

This was the PSU used in the ThermalTake Core V1 review.

The ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD is a semi-modular PSU with flat-cable design and here’s the content in the box.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

The modular cables are ….
– 4x PCI-E 6+2
– 12x SATA connector
– 4x 4-pin Molex
– 1x Floppy Connector

The connector ports for PCI-E are in red while the peripherals are in black.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

Here’s the view from the other side, it comes with a silent 140mm exhaust fan. The Toughpower 650W GOLD uses high-quality Japanese capacitors for stability and it is with 80Plus GOLD certification and delivering power with 87%-92% efficiency.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD’s flat cable concept is good but I feel that in some ways it made things worse with the ATX cable that has the flat cable split into 5! Yes, 5 it is and that makes it very ugly when it comes to moving cables around.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

Here’s the power delivery table, the ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD uses Single-rail with 54A on it, delivering up to 648W on the 12V rail.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

Below are the specs as taken from the official product page.

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

Test Methodology / Report

goldfries.com does not have industrial grade power supply testing tools, therefore the approach for the PSU test is from a consumer angle. This means the PSU will be pushed to operational limit based on components that are available in the market. The key components used for power draw are the CPU (choice of processor), the GPU (graphic card setup) and other components like fans and drives.

The stress test is performed by stressing the 12V rails with 80% to 90% load, and run for at least 6 hours which is a lot more stress than what the average consumer would place on a power supply over the course of months or even years.

The ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD delivers 648 Watts over the 12V rails so the target power draw should be around 518 Watts. ThermalTake claims 87% to 92% efficiency so the middle point will be 89.5% of which I will round it upwards to 90%. With 90% efficiency it should draw around 576 from the wall reading. Load testing was done with Prime 95 and Furmark Burn-in Test, [email protected] and whatever else I can throw at the AMD FX-9590 CPU and multiple R9 280X / HD 7970 graphics card.

The wall draw for my setup peaked at 657 watt, so the power consumption is estimated to be 591 watt which is slightly above 91%!

The readings were very good, not only did it not drop below 12V but it remained between a very tight margin of 12.22 and 12.21 which is amazing!

ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular Power Supply Unit Review

The Verdict

The ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular retails at RM 399 and it’s a solid power supply unit, it took more that 6 hours of beating at high load and not once tripped nor show any sign of instability.

Ugly ATX connection cable aside, the ThermalTake Toughpower 650W GOLD Modular is an affordable modular power supply unit that’s of good build and great power delivery and it has 5-years warranty.

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