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[TT]Thermaltake's Dr. is now performing PSU checkup

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In their second iteration, Thermaltake has today introduced the Dr. Power II universal power supply testing device, a handheld unit aimed at enthusiasts and gamers wanting to check up on the health of their system's power supply with great accurary and ease.

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This looks kinda cool. Although it wont replace my Fluke.
Edited by DrFPS - 8/2/11 at 7:56am
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Without applying any load on a PSU, it isn't going to be able to tell you much of the important stuff, voltages can change quite a lot once load is applied.

Also why is this a source on the news article?
Edited by Willhemmens - 8/2/11 at 8:06am
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Without applying any load on a PSU, it isn't going to be able to tell you much of the important stuff, voltages can change quite a lot once load is applied.

Ahh how about the equipment already connected, that puts a load on the PSU.

Off topic I'd have to say you have a >>>>>VIRUS<<<<<< lol. I dbl checked the source its tweaktown.
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Ahh how about the equipment already connected, that puts a load on the PSU.

Off topic I'd have to say you have a >>>>>VIRUS<<<<<< lol. I dbl checked the source its tweaktown.

Well unless you have two 24 pin connectors, you aren't going to be able to connect the "Dr. Power II" as well as a motherboard at the same time, are you?
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Devices like this have been around for years, and they suck.
1.) The voltage sensing circuits are cheap, imprecise, and inaccurate.
2.) It is incapable of putting load on a rail; a faulty PSU may be fine with 0% load, but go out of spec and start to fail at 20% load. This tester cannot test for that.
3.) Other PSUs require at least a 1A load on each rail to function correctly, so this "tester" will show them as faulty, even if they're really fine.

Finally, this doesn't do anything you can't already do with a paperclip and a $5 voltmeter.
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A cheap multimeter is also far more useful. It can test voltages under load, which are what matter.
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Finally, this doesn't do anything you can't already do with a paperclip and a $5 voltmeter.

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hardcrap... is as rubbish as the...

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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;14436488 
Devices like this have been around for years, and they suck.
1.) The voltage sensing circuits are cheap, imprecise, and inaccurate.
2.) It is incapable of putting load on a rail; a faulty PSU may be fine with 0% load, but go out of spec and start to fail at 20% load. This tester cannot test for that.
3.) Other PSUs require at least a 1A load on each rail to function correctly, so this "tester" will show them as faulty, even if they're really fine.

Finally, this doesn't do anything you can't already do with a paperclip and a $5 voltmeter.
Thermaltake is marketing this towards people who are scared or have no knowledge of multimeters. tongue.gif

Really multimeters are easy to use if people are willing to set aside 15 minutes to understand.
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cant be worse then Tt's dr power version 1
by far the worst psu tester ever made. unlike higher end psu testers it will only tell you if it turn on or not
    
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If this would use something like this it would test load on a rail.

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