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The power supply from Thermaltake is compatible with 115 Volt and 230 Volt

No faults can be found as far as the power output is concerned. The device is capable of delivering the specified 500 Watt without any problems, and all the voltages are within the tolerances. One thing that is completely inaccurate, however, is the power readout.

Although we set the unit at exactly 400 Watts on the test platform, the display jumps back and forth between 350 and 385 Watts, while the occasional short surge down to 300 Watt is also indicated. Consequently, the display is intended more in the way of an estimate than as a measurement.

The Thermaltake digital display is easy to read.

All the information is available and clearly laid out - just as it ought to be.

All the same - and this is where the display can score points compared with the Coolermaster display - it is easy to read from virtually any angle both by day and by night.

The device delivers an efficiency of 75% at half and 74% at full load, which is very respectable. At a low load, the efficiency is less at 69%, which ought to be higher.

In standby mode, 9 Watts at a low load and 18 Watts at a high load is drawn from the mains, for which this power supply is marked down. All the same, the rates are all right. What is more, the power meter remains at 10 Watts, irrespective of which load is set.

The price of $130 (€110) is reasonable for the scope of functions available.