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Thermaltake's New 'Turbo Charge' PSU and CPU Cooler

By , Andrea Ferrario - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Yes, the Turbo button is back and it's on your PSU.

Thermaltake had a couple of new things on display at Computex. The first being a new power supply called Evo Blue 2.0 that has a "Turbo Charge" feature that will push the fan to full speed to give you an extra 50W.

The PSU fan itself has an LED, which will run in blue during normal conditions, but will turn when that turbo button is pushed. This 80 Plus Gold unit has a single rail +12 V, active PFC, Japanese capacitors and solid capacitors for durable operation under high temperature. It also has a "FanDelayCool" technology to allow its 14 cm fan to operate for 15-30 seconds after shut down to ensure all components cool down. It will come in 650, 750 and 850 W modens in August at $139, $149, and $179, respectively.

For direct CPU cooling, Thermaltake has the Big Typ Revo air cooler. It has a top-down blowing design structure, which will direct airflow to cool both the CPU and motherboard surrounding components. There are five 6 mm heat-pipes that channel heat to the aluminum fins, cooled by the single 12cm fan at 800 to 1,800 RPM. It is compatible with Intel Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, 775, and AMD Socket FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2.

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    Zeh , June 9, 2012 10:10 PM
    And what's the use for that turbo mode? Will the PSU still fail if you push it too high without first pushing the button, or will it switch automatically?

    If it isn't automatic, I find little point in this tech. I'd rather get a PSU with thos additional 50watts from the start.
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    AznCracker , June 9, 2012 10:43 PM
    Its a gimmick. Its pretty much a cooler with changing lights.
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    tntom , June 9, 2012 11:15 PM
    Would be nice to actually see the CPU cooler on a MB. Turbo in a PS is a joke.
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    Zeh , June 9, 2012 10:10 PM
    And what's the use for that turbo mode? Will the PSU still fail if you push it too high without first pushing the button, or will it switch automatically?

    If it isn't automatic, I find little point in this tech. I'd rather get a PSU with thos additional 50watts from the start.
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    AznCracker , June 9, 2012 10:43 PM
    Its a gimmick. Its pretty much a cooler with changing lights.
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    livebriand , June 9, 2012 10:58 PM
    So what is this, power supply overclocking? I don't think I want that on the one component that's capable of killing my entire PC.

    And for that CPU cooler - seriously? What kind of motherboard has the space for that? Depending on the direction of it, you'll hit the back of the case, the top of it (or the power supply if it's mounted there), the ram, or the GPU. Stupid...
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    tntom , June 9, 2012 11:15 PM
    Would be nice to actually see the CPU cooler on a MB. Turbo in a PS is a joke.
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    DRosencraft , June 9, 2012 11:43 PM
    livebriandSo what is this, power supply overclocking? I don't think I want that on the one component that's capable of killing my entire PC. And for that CPU cooler - seriously? What kind of motherboard has the space for that? Depending on the direction of it, you'll hit the back of the case, the top of it (or the power supply if it's mounted there), the ram, or the GPU. Stupid...


    Technically, under the right conditions, overclocking your CPU can also kill your entire PC (or just about). But, I don't know that there is often a case where someone would want to run their power supply above spec for a mere 50W. Then again, I could see how it could help someone who has very specific needs for upped power for incidental operations. For instance, someone who occasionally does rendering on their machine, overclocking the PSU before overclocking the CPU and GPU might not be a completely ridiculous idea. And the lights should help since it would otherwise be a bit cumbersome to actually go in checking whether you're in overclocked mode or not. People should be buying their PSU at or slightly above peak possible output for their system in the first place, but I suppose there is a niche out there for something like this.

    As for the cooler, it's not that ridiculous. As with any cooler the buyer should be confident as they can that it will fit their needs. But I have a board, and have seen many lower-end boards, that don't have a heatsink on the NB chipset. They're low end so they don't need much more than the cross-flow that comes in a case or from a standard CPU cooler, but this would certainly be helpful for those who have a concern about heat there but don't want to change boards. It would be a tight fit, but it could work.
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    pdxalex , June 9, 2012 11:57 PM
    Being the "world's first" at something obviously isn't always due to brilliant innovation.
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    Pedrovsky , June 10, 2012 12:05 AM
    The CPU cooler is a very good solution for those using low end MB on their llano systems to really push those llanos high...
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    A Bad Day , June 10, 2012 12:15 AM
    Folks, if you think "overclocking" your PSU is just as a great idea as OCing other stuff, you're an idiot. OCing your CPU might kill it, but should only kill the CPU. OCing the PSU might kill your entire rig.

    Sure, you might get an extra 50W, but what about the ripple? The voltage fluctuation? I'd rather pay a little extra for +50W than risk losing stuff to the voltage fluctuation.

    Koolance sells watercooled 1200W PSU, which are actually 850W PSUs. They deliver 1200W thanks to the extra cooling, but the voltage fluctuation is frightening.
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    ct1615 , June 10, 2012 12:39 AM
    1. no one in their right mind pushes their PSU at max continuous power for long periods of time day after day after day. it's a marketing gimmick for the kid with a single card GPU pushing 350w off the 650w unit thinking he's really pushing his PSU to the brink.

    2. i like the looks of the cooler, i'd like to see some independent reviews on it when it comes out.
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    amuffin , June 10, 2012 1:24 AM
    Like all ThermalTake PSU, STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE!

    They may look nice on the outside, but they have crap components inside!
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    apache_lives , June 10, 2012 1:31 AM
    thermaltake never makes a quality well though out product, this is no exception
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    airborne11b , June 10, 2012 1:38 AM
    Lol thermafail
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    frank the tank , June 10, 2012 1:48 AM
    I have never liked Thermaltake PSUs yeah they look good but they are not well made on the inside (where it counts) some of their CWT made units are OK but i would never use one in my builds

    For my builds i use Corsair (AX and TXv2 (made by Seasonic)), Seasonic, Antec (the High current pro and high current gamer units made by Delta) and the higher end Enermax, as well as Superflower made units (NZXT HALE90)

    allot of Thermal take PSUs are all show no go and i am certain this one is no exception
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    Sakkura , June 10, 2012 12:57 PM
    They can't build a competitive PSU, so instead they go with some LEDs and a "Turbo" gimmick. Thanks, but no thanks.

    The cooler may actually be useful, depending on price and performance.
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    Dragoon21b , June 10, 2012 2:19 PM
    One thing you have to remember when you are looking at stuff from the company's at computex is that this is a trade show. It's primary function is to drum up interest in the company and it's products to attract investors and vendors not necessarily the general public. Think about the big auto shows where they roll out the concept cars. They are new, flashy and amazing feats of engineering but the company's don't usually intend that exact model to be on the road. Its a way of saying "Look what we can do and why it makes us different"
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    fb39ca4 , June 10, 2012 9:43 PM
    Turbo is just a gimmick.
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    apache_lives , June 11, 2012 12:15 AM
    seem to be some thermaltake fanboys here who need to have some lessons in what a good quality product actually is
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    eddieroolz , June 11, 2012 3:40 PM
    The Turbo PSU is kind of amusing.
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    Cjsparky , July 26, 2012 12:24 PM
    apache_livesthermaltake never makes a quality well though out product, this is no exception


    Not true, but I understand where you are coming from, especially when it comes to cooling. I have an earlier Thermaltake ToughPower 750W PS that has tested beautifully in 3rd party tests, and is considered to be a rock solid and quality component. That being said, Thermaltake has also put out some real stinkers for PS as well.