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Thermaltake PurePower 2.0 350W @ Radio Shack: Thoughts?

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I think I made a thread similar to this a while back, but I'm in need of an el cheapo power supply to use as a bench supply for my electronics work. I've been using batteries and some ghetto linear supplies...but none of them are quite what I am looking for.

So I saw this at the Shack for $35. I hate Radio Shack to death, but I'm not really interested in dropping a mortgage on a bench supply.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2284639

I can't find any reviews on it, and I don't believe its in the "On Thermaltake PSUs" thread. Anyone ever hear anything about the 2.0 version? I guess this a TR2 2.0? I'm very befuddled by Thermaltake's branding...

I know it's probably crap, and I usually don't buy crap, but if it's only getting used for a few minutes at a time, I don't think it matters too much.

Ideas?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 12
I think its safe to assume that if it cost that much at radioshack, it would be less elsewhere.
I wouldnt stick it in a computer, but Im sure it would be fine for a benchtop if youre not doing anything super sensitive.

My benchtop is some OEM PSU I got from an old dell or something. Works great for my purposes.
I have been meaning to do some testing with it on my buddies oscilloscope though, Id be curious to see how stable it is.
post #3 of 12
I wouldn't trust a PurePower as far as I could throw it in a rig, but for your use, I wouldn't see a problem picking it up.
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Thanks. I was just wondering if anyone had any actual experience with it....Or pictures of the internals/reviews. I mean, it wouldn't be too much of a loss.
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My guess is either CWT PUF or a low-end HEC unit.
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I don't have a 350W pure power, however I've had a 680W pure power for five years now. Still working perfectly fine, even powering a 6990. I haven't had a single problem with it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;13312777 
My guess is either CWT PUF or a low-end HEC unit.
It's a CWT PUF, same internally as the PUFP-405 used in the Thermaltake PurePower 500
I wouldn't even put it in a newer system.

As for the build quality, they're very poor and the name PUF is appropriate as they seem to do a lot of Puffing and Smoking after very little use.
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Okay, good to know. I guess I'll just get a CX430 or something along those lines.
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I'd say skip the TT, and pick up a CX430 or an Antec Neo 400.
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Yeah I was just wondering if there was something I could get that I didn't have to pay shipping for. I do have a microcenter around, maybe I'll try them. Though last time I was there, they were charging like $200 for an X-650...
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