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Thermaltake PurePower 480 Butterfly PSU Review

By: Mike Wright | Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 24, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 10.%Manufacturer: Thermaltake




While I have looked at the Thermaltake line of power supply in the past, there have been some added features with their newest models that bear mentioning. Before we dig into that, we should probably look at some of the numbers that go with this version.


Having enough power is not just about wattage, but also amperage. You can have scads of available wattage, but if you don't have enough amps to spin the fans and handle the load of all peripherals in your rig, then the unit is pretty much worthless. With the Butterfly model, you can expect to see a 30A limit on the 3.3v rail, a 40A limit on the 5v rail and an 18A limit on the 12v rail. This falls right into the standard we see from competitive products, so you should not have any problems with power output. Even if you've got several case fans and some minor lighting installed, the Butterfly will handle the job at hand.


Something else to consider is the fact that the 480 watt power level is what this model can do sustained. Many manufacturers will represent their peak loads as being the wattage level of their power supplies, but the Butterfly reviewed today can do the 550 watts peak, 480 watts sustained.



As far as cabling goes, you won't find many models with as much versatility as this one. I have been a proponent of lots of Molex, and man does this thing deliver!


Besides the standard 20-pin ATM primary power connector you get a 4-pin supplemental connector, a 6-pin auxiliary connector, nine 4-pin Molex connectors, three FDD power leads and even a pair of SATA connectors that don't require special adapters. We're talking plenty of power couplers here, so this is a great start.


You also get a 3-pin connector for monitoring fan speeds through a motherboard header and a 2-pin lead to attach to the rheostat. All in all we have an excellent offering today, but there is still more.


If you'll take note of the colored sleeves on the cabling, you'll see that there is a color code involved. The black sleeve is the main power, of course, while the orange/red sleeves are your supplemental power connectors. The blue sleeves are your Molex and FDD power couplers and green is your SATA. And since everything is sleeved up, you should have no problems at all with regards to stray wiring within the case. This is especially helpful when having a windowed case, or even more important, wanting to maximize internal airflow for the best possible cooling.


So far we can see we have something special in the works, but there is still another side of the Butterfly to look at, aesthetics!


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