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Thermaltake PurePower 500 Watt
By: jkabaseball
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    Table of Contents:
  • Thermaltake PurePower 500 Watt
  • What You Get
  • Features and Specs
  • Testing

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    Thermaltake PurePower 500 Watt - Features and Specs

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    Maximum Power

    500 Watts


    ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch
    (115/230 V selector switch)



    (Power Factor Correction)


    Cooling System


    19dB at 2000RPM

    P. G. Signal

    100-500 ms

    Over Voltage Protection recycle AC to reset


    Unit Size


    Net Weight

    1.68 kg


    Input Voltage

    230 VAC

    Input Frequency Range

    47 ~ 63 Hz

    Input Current

    9.0A / 5.0A

    Hold-up Time

    8ms(minimum) at 80%


    > 70%

    Let's start with the perks of the specs here. The fan is quiet and doesn't spin all that fast. It's not terribly big either, unlike the 1000 watt PSUs that are a real effort to get into your case. This should be easy to fit into any case. I only wished that this would have had PFC on it. 

    This PSU has split 12v+ rails. I didn't know this until about five minutes ago. Rated at 500 watts, I wouldn't have thought that it would have dual rails. Typically this feature is used in PSUs for dual graphic cards. With only 500 watts, this wouldn't provide enough juice to power a motherboard and dual graphics cards. Thus this PSU doesn't have certification for SLI or Crossfire. AT 500 watts I can't hold the lack of power against it, though, because it's not meant for SLI or Crossfire.

    The two +12v rails have 14A and 15A each. This should be good enough for mid-range or high-mid range cards. I certainly wouldn't consider running a HD 2900 XTX or 8800 GTX with this PSU.

    Here we have your typical 24 pin main ATX connector. It has the removable 4 pin, in case you need only 20 pin. I'm not sure I have seen a motherboard in years that supports the 20 pin anymore. I guess we still have floppies so old school that 20 pin should still be supported. Speaking of floppies, we have not one, but two floppy power connectors. Anyone use two floppies here? Didn't think so.

    We have 8 Molex connectors and 5 SATA connectors. We are now seeing SATA DVD burners. And in the near future, we should see more and more SATA connectors and less Molex connectors. Since many people still have Molex connector hardware, it's nice to see lots of Molex connectors. We have a single PCI-Express 6-pin connector for graphics cards. This will work well for mid-range cards, but won't cut it for the high-end cards.

    Unlike the high end PSUs, this PSU only has an additional 4-pin motherboard connector. Most newer motherboards support the 8 pin connectors. The mATX motherboards I have recently had a chance to review all have had the 4 pin connectors. mATX motherboards don't typically draw a lot of power. This PSU would be a great fit for such a motherboard.

    The wires and connectors are all braided, which is a nice touch that helps with cable management. It's not standard on all power supplies yet, but we are seeing more and more power supplies being sold with the cables braided.

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