Thermaltake POLO 12 Power Supply Review
By: Michael Phrakaysone
Edited By: Steve M. Silver


I like the idea of getting more than you pay for. Most power supply packages just come with the power supply unit, some screws and that’s it. Thermaltake, on the other hand, usually gives you something more. Take the PurePower butterfly we reviewed a while back, for example (Review 121). It came with all the wires sleeved and other additions, such as a rheobus and an X-Fan. Today I will be reviewing the POLO 12 power supply from Thermaltake.


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The Thermaltake POLO 12 comes in yet another attractive box with a plastic handle. The package is quite heavy, weighing in at around nine pounds.

What is included in this box are the following…

  • Thermaltake PurePower 410W 120mm blue-LED power supply
  • 3-in-1 CPU cooler (Supports K8, K7 and P4)
  • 120mm case fan
  • 2 adjustable fan speed controls (front and rear rheobuses)

The Thermaltake PurePower 410W is enclosed in black metal and this model is Passive PFC (PFC stands for “Power Factor Correction” and the one the Thermaltake is a passive type. Basically what this does is correct poor power efficiency). It has a strong peak power of 500W. The power supply comes packaged along with a power cable, mounting screws and a small pamphlet manual. As with the PurePower butterfly that we looked at before, the PurePower 410W comes with all of the wires sleeved. You have many connections with this power supply which includes 9 MOLEX connectors, 1 ATX, 1P4, 3 floppy, 2 SATA and a couple of Thermaltake based connectors for use with the rheobus which is also included. I would like to point out that two SATA connectors is a big plus because other manufactures only provide one. Now you are able to supply power to your hard drives in RAID connection without having to purchase a MOLEX to SATA connector.  The inside of this power supply is very clean and laid out properly for the 120mm fan to have room to fit in.

The second product in this bundle is the 3-in-1 CPU cooler. This cooler has the Thermaltake TR2 brand and is composed of an aluminum heatsink with a copper slug screwed in at the bottom. Notice that the copper is only screwed on top of the aluminum. It is not welded. Looking underneath the copper slug will show you some thermal paste. This is the same design as past TR2 cooler’s we have looked at. The cooler includes a 80mm fan, which you will need to install yourself. This fan spins at up to 3000RPM. One of the nice attributes of this cooler is that it is multi processor compatible meaning it can be used on an AMD K7, AMD K8 and Intel P4 system. All of the clips and thermal paste is included for you to get it up and running. The fan uses a 3-pin connector and it also includes a 2-pin connector in which you can use the supplied rheobus to control the fan speed.

The third item included is Thermaltake’s 120mm fan. The fan comes with mounting screws and is powered off either a 3-pin connector or the 4-pin MOLEX connector with a pass through.

Lastly, Thermaltake includes 2 rheobuses with which you can connect up to two fans on the 5.25” one and 1 fan on the PCI slot version. This is a nice addition to the bundle because you can control how many CFM’s you want working.


Thermaltake 3-in-1 CPU cooler results (POLO 12 bundle) - Athlon XP 1900+
Idle (30 mins): 38c
Load: UT 2003 (1-Hour): 44c
Toast (5 mins): 45c

Power Supply Results

Idle (30 mins)
Load (Toast 5 mins)
+12V = 11.83
+12V = 11.75
+5V = 5.00
+5V = 5.00
-12V = -11.89
-12V = -11.65
-5V = -5.10
-5V = -5.19


Thermaltake again has produced a substantial packaged at a competitive price point that will change the way you buy your cooling supplies.

Pros and Cons

+ PSU is silent and has powerful voltage rails
+ Lots of stuff included and is all you really need
+ Good CPU cooler performance (K7 tested)

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