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Thermaltake 360w Dual Fan Power Supply w/Active PFC

Company: Thermaltake
Product:
TT-360APD (Dual Fan) ATX12V+ Active PFC
Street Price: ~$48 USD
Date Reviewed: January 6, 2003
Reviewed By: Jason R.
Rating: (9/10)

 

Introduction:

In our forums, members often wonder about power supplies, specifically which power supplies are good, and which one is right for them that won't break their budget. Thermaltake has recently entered the power supply market, coming out with a selection of power supplies ranging from 300w - 420w. Today we will be looking at the Thermaltake 360w dual fan w/active PFC that is designed for both AMD & Intel processors. One thing I noticed early on was that the Thermaltake line of power supplies was priced noticeably lower than similar PSUs from the competition.

The Thermaltake PSU looks like your typical ATX power supply. It is a dual fan design, with an 80mm intake fan on the bottom of the PSU as well as the usual 80mm exhaust fan on the rear of the PSU. Another small, yet desirable feature is a power switch on the back. When overclocking / tweaking I often experience system lockups, and it is much more convenient to flip a switch than to have always pull the power plug and then plug it back in.

As far as connectors are concerned, there is the standard 20pin ATX power connector, six (6) 4-pin power connectors, two (2) floppy connectors, 4pin 12v & 6pin aux connectors, as well as a fan RPM monitoring 3pin connector.

Like I said before, this PSU has active PFC, which is a desirable feature that you should look for. The other kind of PSU has passive PFC. To explain what PFC is I took some info off of the Thermaltake website:

What is the PFC? (Power Factor Correction)

Many loads are highly inductive, such a lightly loaded motors and illumination transformers and ballasts. You may want to correct the power factor by adding parallel capacitors. You can also add series capacitors to "remove" the effect of leakage inductance that limits the output current. (Jim Lux -2002).

  • Non-PFC offers around 0.5~0.6 PF (Power Frequency), 40%~50% power lost.
  • Active PFC provides more efficient PF(Power Frequency), 0.95~0.99, it means only 1%~5% power has gone.

 

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