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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Power Supply Review

Manufacturer: Thermaltake
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Introduction and Features

Thermaltake has six new power supplies in their Toughpower Specialty Series with Cable Management, which range in output capacity from 650 to 1,200 watts!  These new models all feature a large 140mm cooling fan, high efficiency, active PFC, quiet operation, and ATX12V 2.2 compliance.  In addition, the power supplies come with sleeved, modular cables and include a silicone rubber mounting pad to help reduce vibration noise.  We will be taking a detailed look at the Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W PSU (W0133RU) in this review.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


 



 


Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Main Features


·         Up to 1,200 Watts continuous output power


·         ATX 12V 2.2 and EPS 12V 2.91 compliant


·         140mm cooling fan with auto fan speed control for quiet operation


·         Tight voltage regulation (±3%)


·         High efficiency (up to 87% at 230 VAC)


·         Active PFC (>0.9)


·         Quad +12V outputs (up to 36A each for +12v3 and +12V4)


·         Six dedicated PCI-E connectors (3) 6-pin and (3) 8-pin


·         Industrial grade components (capacitors and transformers)


·         Modular peripheral cables for better cable management


·         5-Year warranty


 



 


The Toughpower 1,200W power supply arrived securely packed between foam inserts inside a large, colorfully printed box highlighting the unit’s features and specifications. 


 



 


In addition to the power supply the box also contains a package of 13 modular cables, a heavy duty power cord, mounting screws, silicone rubber gasket, and a 20-page User’s Manual. 


 


Establishing an accurate load is critical to testing and evaluating a PC power supply.  PCPerspective’s power supply test bench can place a precise 2,000 watt DC load on the PSU under test.  Each power supply is tested under controlled, real-world conditions up to its maximum rated load, using both 115 VAC and 240 VAC line voltage.  Our current suite of tests includes:


 



  • DC Load Regulation

  • DC Line Regulation

  • DC Cross-load (unbalanced load)

  • AC Ripple and Noise

  • Power Factor

  • Efficiency

  • Differential Temperature

  • Noise

  • Size and Weight



 


The Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W power supply was evaluated on both features and performance.  A full range of equipment was used to test the power supply under controlled load conditions. 


 



  • (2) CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)

  • (4) CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)

  • FLUKE 87-III True RMS digital multimeter (Accuracy ±0.05%)

  • Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Accuracy ±0.5% of full scale)

  • Hitachi V-650F 60 MHz dual trace oscilloscope (Accuracy ±3%)

  • Powerstat Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA, 0-140 VAC

  • FLUKE  52-II digital thermometer (Accuracy ±0.3ºC/0.5ºF)

  • Extech Model 407738 digital sound level meter (Accuracy ±1.5 dB)

  • AccuLab V1-10kg digital balance (Accuracy ±1g)

  • Custom Lian Li PC60 enclosure to simulate real-world operating conditions

 



 

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