Forum Thread: Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review - page 1

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Author:   leochan
Date:   Nov 17, 11 at 12:25am (PST)
Subject:   Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review
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 are expensive and tend not to be viable in the consumer market. The Dr. Power II is looking to change this, so hit our review to see if it can do the job of providing accurate results for the mainstream user.

Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review

Author:   Mergatroid
Date:   Nov 6, 12 at 6:23pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review
I just purchased one of these. I didn't purchase it because other methods of testing are expensive. Some of them actually cost less. For example, any multimeter (VOM) can easily test these voltages, and you can often get an accurate one for just $10.

I bought this for the convenience. Trying to hit the correct spots in the 24 pin connector while measuring a PSU is a pain. Holding the molex or SATA power connectors while trying to insert two meter probes is also a pain. It's much easier to unplug the connectors, plug them into the tester and turn it on for a basic single test that tests everything.

It's also nice that you don't have to have an unloaded PSU on a bench, and be forced to find drives and/or boards to load the PUS for an accurate test. Many PSUs will measure fine until they are loaded.

It would have been nice if the manual didn't keep talking about separate power and mode switches. There is only one switch on the device, and it's labeled with the universal symbol for a power button. Time to update that manual.

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