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Topower Tiger 1200W

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Posted September 29, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Far too often the importance of a power supply has been overlooked by consumers when either building a system or perhaps even purchasing one.  An afterthought no longer, people have realized the significance of viewing a power supply as an investment to protect your computer and valuable data, reduce potential component failures, and reduce maintenance costs and energy bills.  With so many choices on the market, it isn’t easy to find a power supply that can not only do the job, but do it well and do it in style.

The Topower Tiger 1200W is a power supply that delivers solid features and performance and does it in style as well. From a functional standpoint, the Tiger has very good voltage regulation and efficiency, and a rather quiet operation when running at lower loads. Although it is not silent, it is quiet. When heavily loaded, the temperatures don’t rise much and the Sanyo Denki San Ace lives up to its much-deserved reputation.

There are also a wide assortment of sleeved modular cables, complete with EMI shielding, that support SLI/CrossFire setups in an easy-to-use and pin-coded connection design. The cable lengths are very long and will not pose any problems in a large full tower case with a bottom-mounted power supply setup. A beautiful mirrorer-finish aesthetic further adds to the positives here, though the downside of this gorgeous finish is that can be prone to fingerprints. Thankfully the dark charcoal colour tends to hide any smudges far better than a black colour, so a quick wipe-down with a smooth cloth after installation will easily solve any issue.

Topower has done quite a bit right here with the Tiger, but there are a couple detractions on what is otherwise a very good unit. First, the slightly cramped interior has illustrated minor quality issues, resulting in some sloppy areas around internal components. This isn’t really a problem, but perhaps a bit more indicative of the less expensive price tag of the Tiger as a result. Second, a triple graphics card setup isn’t possible with the Tiger. This is very unfortunate, as the Tiger has plenty of power available for such a configuration, leaving extreme enthusiasts out in the cold, forced to look elsewhere for a tri-SLI or Crossfire power supply. Admittedly, this is a very small percentage of consumers, but it’s a bit puzzling why this isn’t possible when the power is right there for the taking.

The Topower Tiger 1200W is not quite as widely available at online retailers as some power supplies from other manufacturers, but after a bit of searching it can be found for a price of approximately $200. This makes it one of the least expensive high-end quality units on the market and is positioned very well against other recognized brand name compettiors. Although 1200W is rarely needed by most users, you really can’t beat the price here. If you’re in the market for a high-wattage power supply and won’t be running a triple graphics card setup, then the Topower Riger 1200W offers a great combination of features, aesthetics, performance, and price, deserving a close look and earning our recommendation.

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Topower Tiger 1200W

Our thanks go to Topower for providing the Tiger 1200W for this review.

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