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Page 2 - Physical Look - Outside

The Tagan ITZ 700W power supply is basically a repackaged version of Tagan's 2-Force II TG700-U33 700W, with a different outer casing and minor physical modifications. One of the most prominent features retained as a unique characteristic of Tagan's 2-Force II series is the Normal/Turbo mode switch -- the ability to combine +12V rails to act as one rail, or normal to go default -- which is a very popular feature among enthusiasts!

As noticed earlier on the retail packaging as well as the fan grill as shown in the photo above, Tagan has been working with ABS gaming systems to bring about the ITZ series power supplies -- to indicate it as 'ABS certified'. Likely more of a marketing aspect than performance indication, however -- because Tagan already holds a strong reputation for high performance power supplies as far as most people are concerned.

A shot at the back of the Tagan ITZ 700W power supply. The rear 80mm fan grill again shows the "Certified by ABS Gaming Labs" label. The cable leadout is done pretty cleanly; with sleeved cables packaged together in the beginning with a cable tie.

When I first took a physical look at this power supply, one of the more prominent physical characteristics are shown with its titanium mirror finish -- and that makes it pretty darn shiny!

Information sticker is placed on the side of Tagan's ITZ 700W power supply, as a standard implementation on majority of power supplies on the market today. Power distribution over its rails are quite standard for a modern power supply rated at 700W (Read: Lots on the +12V rail haha). A maximum of 24A and 26A of power can be drawn from the 3.3V and 5V rails, respectively -- however, this is limited by a combined overall maximum of 170W. The shared source, as we can see with one of two (One for +3.3V and +5V, the other for +12V) transformers inside the power supply, of each rail creates this limitation, because if maximum is allowed on both rails the combined wattage would be 209.2W.

On the +12V side, the specification indicated quad rail design can distribute a maximum of 20A on each rail, but maximum combined is 56A or 672W. This is, again splitting the same source of power (The transformer on the +12V rail) to create four +12V rails. Regardless, 672W is plenty -- especially when you can combine them all into one acting rail. 56A single rail is a truckload!

Cable length is adequate even for a large case -- I had no problems pulling all the cables, with exception of the ATX 4-pin/8-pin cable behind the motherboard tray on the Antec P182 case (It's a few inches short, I ended up using an extension). The sleeved cables are flexible and its length are flexible enough for neat cabling jobs -- because neat cabling usually means going the long way around. The connectors inside are gold-plated as far as we are informed of.

With regards to the length of Tagan's ITZ 700W power supply, it's no longer than the standard ATX average unit -- meaning that you can actually place it into an Antec P182 chamber without interfering with the middle fan. I don't assume its higher variants (Including Tagan's ITZ 1300W unit) are any larger; however specifications indicate that the 1300W unit is roughly a pound heavier.

Unlike Seasonic's M12 power supply, the ATX 4-pin block and the 8-pin EPS12VEP block are not separate -- I recall that it is done on the Seasonic power supply due to certain standard's regulations. The Tagan ITZ 700W power supply has an 4+4 pin leadout as shown in the photo above.

PCIe 6+2 pin connector (Orange connectors) is also featured on this power supply, for use with high power (usage) graphics cards that requires such a connection. A grounding pin, to an extent a unique feature to Tagan's power supplies, is also available on the ITZ 700W. I personally never had issues with power supplies without the grounding pin, but hey -- it never hurts to have one, just in case!

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Minor Tests and Conclusion