Following on from my reviews of the excellent Thermaltake View 32 and View 22 cases I have now been checking out the budget-friendly Smart RGB 700 Watt 80+ PSU.

As the name suggests this is a PSU with a pre-installed, 256 colour RGB fan hub with 15 lighting modes to choose from and built-in memory.

This range of PSUs features capacities ranging from 500W to 700W and has an 80 PLUS Standard certification. This PSU uses a fully wired cabling system which helps keep costs down but will make tidying up the cables much harder.

Priced at £66 on Amazon via Scan, or £59.99 direct from Scan + postage, this is well into the budget level of PSUs. At first, I thought it was stupid adding RGB to a fully wired PSU with an 80PLUS rating, my immediate thought was that I would prefer a none light up model that had either hybrid cabling or a higher rating. Looking at the prices though, the RGB doesn’t appear to add much if any cost premium. There were no PSUs with this wattage for that price using hybrid cabling, the closest option is from Thermaltake themselves with the 700W SMART DPS G at £75.

Specification

The official blurb from the Thermaltake states that:

Smart RGB 700W is equipped with a powerful single +12V rail, eliminating the limitations caused by voltage distributions, delivering the power your CPU and VGA demand in any situations. Providing the best compatibility, conversion efficiency and stable voltage output.

For the fans, the SMART RGB series adopt 120mm cooling fan with intelligent RPM control guarantees excellent cool performance and near silent operation.

You get plenty of wired connections that should be capable of powering some high-end systems with the options being:

Cable Type Cable Connector
ATX 20+4 pin 1 1
ATX 4+4 pin 1 1
PCI-E 6+2 pin 1 2
SATA 2 6
Molex 4 pin 2 5
FDD 4 pin 1 1

The information regarding the power states:

Deliver up to 87% efficiency under real world load conditions to promise low power losses. Additionally, Smart RGB Series has been optimized to work with Intel’s latest, seventh-generation Kabylake processors to achieve maximum energy saving.

I am not really sure why it needs to states Kabylake ready, as far as I am aware that requires no special power, but I guess it is all about the marketing.

The RGB is controlled via a button on the PSU , the fan color can be switched among variants including Pulse Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Purple/Light Blue/White, RGB Cycle, Solid Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Purple/Light Blue/ White, and a LED Off mode. The fan is also constructed with a built-in memory function, saving the colour applied and ensuring the same colour selection every time you boot your PC.