Thermaltake 1kW Toughpower PSU
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We have recently looked at the Ultra 600W X3 series PSU, and today we are following up with a PSU with a little more "oomph". We are talking about the 1kW Thermaltake Toughpower, and if you need to power a massive rig and keep it running stable, this power supply makes some pretty bold promises. It has a total of four 12v rails and 6 PCIe connectors that would allow you to run a massive gaming rig. Thermaltake claims that it can provide a continuous 1000W of power at 50C, but how clean and stable is the power? Will it be rock solid, or will it just get by? We've done some overclocking and have a fast 8800GTX setup pulling as much power as we can in a real-world test. Keep on reading to see how the 1kW Toughpower does.
The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W PSU comes in one of the longest heaviest boxes I've seen in a power supply. It has the traditional Thermaltake flare without being over the top. On the box are the specs and information about each rail amp/wattage output for those of you that are interested. I think this is a great idea as most people who are purchasing a 1kW PSU want to know this information before they drop $300 on a PSU for their rig.
There's no mistaking who makes this PSU once you get it out of the box and look at it. Thermaltake's name is on the side, bottom, fan and more. It appears that Thermaltake is proud of this unit.
On the other side of the PSU is the label that carries the specs of this PSU. Not only do you have it on the box, you can also pop off the side panel of your computer and show your friends and fellow LAN-ers, how much power you've got in your rig.
As you move around to the back you can see that the 140mm fan has a lot of space to blow air through the PSU. The back is a wide open grill accented by the orange/red power switch and standard power plug. The front on the PSU is color coordinated to indicate which are for PCIe connectors and also how the rails are split up. This unit has four 12v rails ranging in power from 20A to 36A. Rails one and three are 20A, while rails 2 and 4 are 36A each.
The rails are divided up with the 12v1 rail running the SATA, IDE and Floppy connectors. The 12v2 rail handles the motherboard 24-pin and 4/8-pin connectors, while the 12v3 and 12v4 rails are in charge of 3 PCIe connectors each. If you don't have a Crossfire or SLI system, you won't need at least one of these rails.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the specs of this PSU.