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           Tagan TG480-U01 PSU

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  Power Supply

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Reviewed by :

 Wayne Brooker

Price :

 £60.99 + VAT

Date :

  20th February, 2004


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A Closer Look:::...

Unlike most PSU manufacturers, Tagan have opted for what they call a "pull/push" fan configuration. What this actually means is that the two fans are at opposite ends of the casing rather than one on the rear and one on the bottom as is usual in two fan units.

The advantage to this design is that the full internal height of the case is available and Tagan were thus able to use much bigger heat sinks as we'll see in a moment.

The rear of the unit is your standard affair though I kind of wish they'd used a gold rather than silver fan grill...or maybe that's just me. You can see the rubber covered power switch and the total absence of any voltage selector switch.


At the stern we see the intake fan along with the umbilical mass of cabling. I'm sweating a little at the idea of hiding all this cable away in my relatively compact Wave Master case but believe me, if I was operating a full tower I'd be over the moon.



Time to void the warranty and take a peep inside:

Well, if you judge a power supply by how little space there is inside then this thing is up with the elite. The only signs of sloppiness are that somebody appears to have left a couple of empty soda cans in there.



As you can see those black, anodized heat sinks are impressively large. Unlike the commonly used lumps of aluminium these have additional surface area courtesy of the array of fins they sport. The channels in the fins run front to back in accordance with the direction of the airflow.

Despite the sheer number of components it's all surprisingly neat and tidy without the usual mass of items glued and bent together like some kind of afterthought. There's clearly a lot of thought gone into the planning of this power supply's internal layout.

In fact even the fans are mounted on rubber buffers to reduce noise levels. My only complaint here is that the buffers were perhaps a little too compressed to function as effectively as they should, an unfortunate side effect of volume production no doubt. Even so it's a sign of the level of thought that has gone into the Tagan's design.




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