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    Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review

    Introduction and Specifications

    The powersupply is often the most overlooked component when it comes to building a new system. Time and time again we hear stories of system builders having issues with their high-end hardware, all because they skimped out on the power supply. To make matters worse, the power supply is the hardest component for average users to test, as most devices capable of reading the voltage output of the rails and power connections of a power supply are expensive and tend not to be viable in the consumer market.

    The Dr. Power II is looking to change this, as Thermaltake has created a $49 device that can fit into pockets and also has the ability to support every ATX power supply available today up to ATX12V v2.3. The unit works simply enough by connecting a 24-pin power connector into one side and the additional power connectors on the other. Once all the cables are connected, the Dr. Power II displays the power readings on a 2.5" LCD and relates any power ratings to the users, as well as alerting them to any failures.

    From the looks of it, the Thermaltake Dr. Power II is a handy device that can save a lot of users the headache of replacing a power supply for the purposes of diagnosing any potential hardware issues.




    Specifications
    Cable Length
    3m (9.8 feet)
    Connectors
    USB Type A
    Speaker Type
    50mm
    Frequency
    Response
    20Hz to 20kHz
    Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1kHz
    Warranty
    2 years












    Closer Look:The Unit

    The Thermaltake Dr. Power II comes in a small black and white box that lists the key features on the front, such as the units support for every power supply on the market, the use of an over-sized LCD panel for accurate readings and the built-in output connectors diagnostic system. Additionally, next to the listed features is an icon that highlights the unit's 3 years warranty, and near the top Thermaltake provides a clear view of the unit's LCD screen.

    The back of the packaging is more informative than the front, as it gives an up-close view of the power connection points, and a table that lists the target power ratings for Intel based system as well as a standard power measurement range. This tables lists all of the target voltages across the rails, which will ensure the end-user understands the readings and more importantly if they are in the proper range for their system.
    With everything out of the box, we can see that the Dr. Power II comes with the bare minimum; outside of the unit itself, Thermaltake has only included a user manual. However, since all the connections are built directly into the unit, there is really nothing else that is needed for the Dr. Power II to function properly.
    The device itself is actually rather simple in its overall design. The front of the unit basically consists of a 2.5-inch LCD screen and a few on-board logos. The back of the Dr. Power II is also lightly populated, but it does include some product information, the bar-code, while the upper and lower portions list the power connection types supported by the device.
    The left side of the unit includes an on-board multi-function button. The power icon on the button indicates it as the means to start the testing, but the button allows users to toggle between the two separate display modes. Both of the modes show the same readings, but the first allows the user to manually cycle through the rails, while the second setting automatically cycles through them without any additional commands required from the user.
    The power connections are located at the top and bottom of the unit. The main 24-pin power connector is at the bottom of the unit, while all the additional power connectors are on the opposite end. Before the device can be powered on, the main 24-pin power cable must be installed. The SATA, Molex, PCI-E and CPU power cables can then be connected to the unit. After all the cables are connected, switch on the power supply to be tested and then click the button on the side of the Dr. Power II. This will fire up the unit, and the readings will be generated on the LCD.
    When the Dr. Power II is powered on, the first screen is black outside of the listing of connectors at the bottom. From this point you can either push the side button once to manually cycle through the difference connections, or you can hold the button down for five seconds to have the unit cycle through the test points automatically as described above. Once the button is pressed for the desired readout mode, all of the voltage readings are displayed on the screen.
    If everything checks out, the screen will remain blue and you can proceed on to the next test point. Since Thermaltake has provided the power requirements for certain systems it is easy to view the readings and ensure your power supply is up to the task across the rails. The unit will flash red if there is a failure with one of the tested cables to notify the user of the issue.
    We should note that the reason we received a red screen of death was not because our power supply had an issue, but because the Molex cable was difficult to install properly because of the locking clips on each connection point. Since this was the case, the unit would alert us to a failure in the cable when the actual issue was the connection point not being properly secured into the device.



    Conclusion

    The Thermaltake Dr. Power II is an easy-to-use power supply tester that is able to display real-time voltage readings of any PSU, and alert the user to problematic readings. In addition, Thermaltake has included an easy reference guide that lists the appropriate power ratings for certain platforms, which further increases the ease of use, making the on-screen readings easier to decipher.

    At just $49 the Dr. Power II is affordable enough to fit into any user's budget, and eliminates the annoyance of not being able to check the power supply for issues. The unit works simply by attaching all the main power cables to the tester, and once connected they start to display the voltage range; if one is below the required range, or not working properly the unit will glow red and alert the user to the problem.

    All in all the Dr. Power II is an excellent power tester that any DIY system builder should have on hand. However, there were a few issues we had with the device. The first was that the SATA and molex power connectors were so close that any Molex power cable that has clips on the connector is not going to easily fit. This led to a few problems including an inaccurate failure reading as described on the previous page. What's more, the side of the Dr. Power II unit actually opened while
    trying to force the Molex cable into place.

    Both of these flaws were easily fixed with a little TLC, but Thermaltake could have taken these into account in the first place.

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    Last edited by Trave160; November 21st, 2011 at 00:08.

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