Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W PSU

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W PSU
1200W PSU Specs, Cables and More
A look inside the PSU and Test Setup
Testing the Toughpower 1200W PSU

Product: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Modular PSU
Provided By: Thermaltake USA
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Introduction:

It's been a few months since we have reviewed a PSU and we are now starting to work our way through a mounting pile of them.  Thermaltake is known for making good quality PSUs and their Toughpower series has been pretty solid in the past.  Today we are looking at their largest modular unit - the 1200W Toughpower W0133RU.  This power supply boasts a maximum output of 112 Amps on the four 12v rails and it should be able to handle almost any system thrown at it.  We'll take a look and see if it can keep things stable and if the power delivery is smooth and ripple/noise is low.  We'll be putting this unit to the test in the real world as it powers a 3-Way 8800GTX SLI system and an overclocked Q6600 while keeping it cool with a Freezone Elite.  All of these components are power hungry and we're expecting to pull well over 800W from this system.

Toughpower Box
Toughpower Box

 

First Look:

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W 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 1200W 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.

Fan Side
Fan Side
 Grill Side
Grill Side
Modular Connectors
Modular Connectors

 

Thermaltake uses a large 14cm fan to keep the components inside the PSU downright chilly and there is ample ventilation on the back of the PSU to allow the hot air to escape unrestricted.  Some units also have side ventilation, but this will let some of the hot exhaust air to circulate back into the case.  This PSU is modular with some cables attached.  The 24-pin, 8-pin and 4+4pin cables come attached to the unit as two of the three will be used in virtually every system.

The 1200W Thermaltake PSU comes with a large label on the top that shows how much power each rail is rated to deliver.  The location of the label won't allow you to show it off to your friends and fellow LAN'ers so make sure you know the details before you install this bad boy.

PSU Label
PSU Label

 

There are four +12v rails that range from 20A to 36A.  Rails 12v1 and 12v2 are 20A while rails 12v3 and 12v4 are 36A.  If you've got a good memory, you'll remember that the Toughpower 1000W unit has the same amp rating on it's lines.  Either the 1000W was under rated, or the 1200W unit is over rated.  Let's take a look at some math before we jump into the specs on the next page.

  • Total maximum amperage of the 12v rails combined is 112A.  This will generate a peak theoretical output of 1344W.
  • Total maximum amperage of the 3.3v rail is 30A.  This will generate a peak theoretical output of 99W.
  • Total maximum amperage of the 5v rail is 30A.  This will generate a peak theoretical output of 150W.
  • Total maximum amperage of -12v and +5VSB is 0.8A and 3A respectively.  This will generate a peak theoretical output of 24.6W.
  • Total maximum wattage of all rails is over 1600W.

With that being said, let's take a look at the features and specs of this PSU on the next page.