Thermaltake Smart RGB PSUs dazzle budget builders

Not all that long ago, having a PC blinged out with RGB LEDs on every component was a privilege reserved for those with dosh to discard at will. Fortunately for light-pocketed fans of amazing technicolor PCs, Thermaltake is doing its best to festoon even low-end hardware with multi-colored points of light. The company's latest RGB LED-equipped power supplies are known simply as the Smart RGB series, and they come in 500 W, 600 W, and 700 W varieties.

At first glance, the Smart RGB units are entry-level ATX offerings. They bear the basic 80 Plus certification and come with fixed cabling. As a more upscale feature, these power supplies have an RGB LED-equipped 120-mm cooling fan. Users can configure the LED lighting across 15 different modes including "off." The unit will retain lighting settings after shutting down, too.

Despite the lack of modular cabling or other high-end features, Thermaltake's new babies are thoroughly modern. The overwhelming majority of each unit's capacity is on the single +12 V rail, and even the lowly 500 W unit gets a pair of 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors. Like any quality power supply, the Smart RGB units have active power factor correction, and are capable of auto-sensing the AC input voltage and switching frequency accordingly. There are also versions of all three units that only accept 230 V input.

Thermaltake didn't tell us how much these power supplies would cost, but we would be a little surprised if they weren't eminently affordable given their status as entry-level units. The company did say that it offers 5-year warranty coverage on the Smart RGB series.

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    • Ummagumma
    • 2 years ago

    Nice to see a button that can be used to turn off the light show.

    As for product reviews, when it comes to power supplies I like to wait for the “Jonny Guru” version to come out. I also check the actual OEM of the product since some OEMs don’t have as brilliant a reputation as others.

    • tanker27
    • 2 years ago

    “Yo dawg I need LEDs on my LEDs!”

    /snark

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    Here is a fun review for TechReport to do. Build 2 systems, exact same hardware specs, one with as many RGB components as possible, the second with 0 LEDs. Then post the cost difference, operational draw, dBs, in addition to the difference in set-up time for a new image to get the component drivers and software configured to control all the leds.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      That’s assuming you can get hardware that is identical in every way except the presence / absence of LEDs.

        • Ummagumma
        • 2 years ago

        Get out a handy-dandy pair of wire cutters designed for small gauge wire. Clip Clip. Problem solved.

        I have done that a few times, mostly on case fans where the LEDs could not be removed. Why do that? The fan specs and price were acceptable to me, but I did not want or care for the bling.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t think it would be very “smart” to buy these power supplies. Their form is far greater than their function.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      That’s not saying much for their function 🙂

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 2 years ago

    So if I understand correctly they have three tiers of RGB power supplies now? What sets these apart from the Toughpower line?

    Also why would you ever want rounded edges on a PSU

      • blahsaysblah
      • 2 years ago

      Nice catch, a lot of cases there is a small lip the PSU rests on until you get in a screw, rounded edge….

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    That must look pretty cool when the magic smoke is illuminated for a brief second by the rainbow fan.

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