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Beyond having an extremely long name, the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850W is just a continuation of what Thermaltake has been doing for a while. They started off with the normal Toughpower lineup of power supplies and eventually the added the DPS (digital power supply) functionality. The original power supply in our D-Frame build was a Toughpower DPS and with things going digital they were able to add in software and a USB connection for people to be able to see the current status of every part of the power supply. That model though had the rounded corners and a gold plastic fan grill. With the new Toughpower DPS G RGB 850W, the styling has completely changed with squared off corners and a simpler casing that drops the fan grill all together for vents in a solid case. 

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The DPS G RGB 850W Titanium comes in at 8 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches tall. The width and height don’t change much on ATX power supplies, but the length is really important. For this one, to increase the overall efficiency Thermaltake had to go longer. The gold rated 850W DPS G RGB came in at 180mm where the Titanium model is 200mm long, so keep that in mind when considering this model. The extra length isn’t unheard of, this is about how long 1000+ watt power supplies have been, but it’s a little long for an 850W.

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Starting on the side panels, the DPS G RGB has a stamped metal casing with elongated ovals for vents on both sides. Under the vents are full-length stickers for branding. They have a yellow strip along the top like the power supplies packaged had. They have the Thermaltake logo and once again they doubled up on the Toughpower DPS G branding. The RGB is in the appropriate colors and draws your attention. Then, of course, you have the 850W capacity in a bold font. This will face out in a lot of computer cases and because of that I do wish they would have dropped the yellow strip and stayed black to match more builds but it is cool that the Titanium 80 Plus logo is on there.

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As I said earlier, Thermaltake's new power supply casing drops the separate fan grill that everyone has always used. So now on the fan side we have the same elongated oval vents that we saw on the sides, but this time they cover almost the entire side of the power supply. This gives a cleaner look while still having ventilation, though I do think a normal fan grill would allow for more airflow. The fan on the inside is a Thermaltake 140mm RGB ring fan, similar to what they sell with their new RGB water cooling kits as well as individually. In the middle is a black and silver Thermaltake logo.

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On the other side of the power supply is a solid panel. Here without all of the vents we can really see the extra length. On this side, they have a yellow and black sticker. Up in the yellow is all of the branding then down in the black they have all of the information on the rail layout/breakdown as well as all of the required certification logos. Your power supplies serial number is also on a small white sticker with a barcode next to the OC stickers.

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The outer facing side of the DPS G RGB 850W Titanium is covered completely in the vents as well. This is the exhaust end of the power supply so they need the ventilation to get all of the air from that 140mm fan out the back. So beyond the vents there is an on and off switch and a power plug. The plug comes with a sticker covering it when you first get the power supply. The sticker is just a reminder that the fan doesn’t turn on at low loads, so don’t be worried when you power up your PC and you don’t see the fan running.

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The last part of the power supply is the inside panel. Here we have all of the modular connections. Thermaltake has split each type of connection up and labeled them. In addition to that, the PCIe connections are all red in color as well. In total, you have the two connections for the 24 pin, two 8-pin EPS connections, eight 8pin PCIe connections, and six 6-pin peripheral connections. There is then also the USB connection to be able to connect to your PC for the DPS and lighting controls. I hate that all of the manufacturers use a mini-USB connection when wiring I’m always worried I'm going to break the plug. I would prefer it have the same internal USB connection as a motherboard has. All of the connections are easy to get at and most look normal with the exception of the 24 pin connection. This one stood out to me because the 24 pin cable actually hooks up using 30! Pins. Sadly this was also why I wasn’t able to use the Titanium on our D-Frame build as we already had custom cables made for our older TT power supply, but the 850W DPS G RGB Gold rated power supply did match and that is what I went with in the end.

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For the cables, Thermaltake packed all of the modular cables in the Velcro storage bag so you have something to keep any extras in after your build. They also include a new power cable, four black screws to install the power supply, and three small zip ties. It's great they include zip ties but three isn’t enough for any build so make sure you pick up a few extras as well.

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For cables, Thermaltake went a completely new direction than in the past. For the motherboard and video card connections, they individually sleeved their cables with a sleeving that is similar to Cablemods Modmesh sleeving. The sleeving has plastic in it and is a little more solid than the normal paracord sleeving. However, Thermaltake's choice of colors was really what caught my eye and not in a good way. I love the black and even the red but the off yellow that they went with wouldn’t be my first choice, or even in my top 50. For one, it doesn’t really go with any hardware beyond the gold/yellow Asus boards from a few years ago, but Asus dropped those right away as well. I think Thermaltake would have been better off going with a neutral color that would fit in any build. All black or black with a gray or silver highlight color would be ideal, but even slipping red in would go with most builds.  

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They did also include cable combs to help get the cabling perfectly spaced. The comb design is a little different but is still effective. Most combs go in the middle and stick out on both sides but these go from one side.

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All of the cables are more than long enough for even large cases. For the 8 cable PCIe cables, there are four black sleeved cables, two red, and two gold/yellow.

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The USB cable connection, on the other hand, is just your standard cable.

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The peripheral connections, however, are still in the awesome thin and flexible black cabling. You get both Molex and SATA power options and Thermaltake also slipped in a Molex to floppy adapter on the off chance you are still living in the 90’s.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #38251 25 Nov 2016 16:50
Today I check out Thermaltakes RGB power supplies by taking a look at the DPS G RGB 850W Titanium

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