PSU Shootout: Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 & Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Both the Tagan and Thermaltake power supplies tested here performed well. The Tagan TG1100-U95 was the only PSU of the three to exceed voltage output across the board and also managed to ramp up the voltage slightly under load. The Thermaltake Toughpower 750W drew the least amount of wattage during testing, although the 12V rails tended to ride on the lower side of the acceptable +/-3% variance. Under load, voltage drops were minimal and remained steady with both the Tagan and Thermaltake models tested here.
The Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 and Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management PSU were both impressive. Each certainly has its niche, with the Toughpower 750W targeting the enthusiast crowd with ample power and good looks, and the Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 going after the high end server and enthusiast crowd with extreme high-powered systems. For those running quad-SLI configurations and multi-core CPUs, the clear choice between these two units is the Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95, with its 1.1KW power rating. For enthusiasts running multi-core CPUs, and SLI or Crossfire, both models fit the bill, but the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management may appeal more to those looking for a neat cable environment and good looks.
Ultimately, we're not comfortable recommending either one of these power supplies over the other because each is targeted at a slightly different audience. In the end, the better choice depends on the unit's intended use. In most cases, the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management should fit the more mainstream enthusiast's needs perfectly. However, if you intend to run a quad-core CPU and a quad-SLI or G80 SLI setup down the road, you may want to grab the powerful Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 as it will have plenty of room to grow with you.
The last factor to consider is price. While scanning our PriceGrabber search tool, we see the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management W0116 is available from $160-190. The Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95, on the other hand, costs a hefty $349.99. When we break it down, the Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 costs about $.32 per watt while the Thermaltake Toughpower 750w Cable Management W0116 comes in around $.21-.26 per watt.
We give the Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95 a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of 8.5
We give the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management Power Supply a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of 9