Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W - Closer Look, Features and Specs

Article Index
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W
Closer Look, Features and Specs
Cables and Test Setup
Inside the 1200W Grand
Testing the Grand 1200W
 

Closer Look:

While there may not be a ton of design options when it comes to the external appearance of a power supply, Thermaltake has taken a few liberties in the overall finish that sets this unit apart from other units.  It has a matte finish on the exterior and this of course helps keep fingerprints and dust from being too obvious if you have a window in your case.  One thing that you'll notice too, is that the corners of the unit are rounded and this gives it a very distinct look that is very appealing.  The rear of the unit has a nice open grill as well as a lighted power switch and even a nice decal that lights up with the company name.  This is a nice touch that shows Thermaltake is proud of this unit and wants people to know who makes it.  I love that pride.

Thermaltake uses a pretty typical modular system on this unit and have separate connector styles for PCIe and Molex/SATA connectors.  While I do prefer the modular system on the NZXT HALE90 and Sentey units, Thermaltake still has a nice layout and the non-modular cables come through the case in a nice, clean protected area.  The overall build quality and curb appeal are great.

PSU Fan Side
PSU Fan Side
Rear Grill
Rear Grill
   
Modular Side
Modular Side
Side View
Side View

 

 

Features:

  • Compliance with Intel ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards.
  • 80 PLUS Gold certified – extreme efficiency PSU series with 87-92% efficiency @ 20-100% load to cut down electric cost.
  • 24/7 @ 50°C: Guaranteed to deliver 1200W continuous power.
  • Pure aesthetic design with uncompromising performance.
  • Proprietary dual ball bearing 14cm flower-shape fan enables longer lifespan and lowers overall noise output by dramatically reducing bearing frictions.
  • 100% 105°C (221°F ) Japanese made electrolytic capacitors: the foundation of a robust and reliable power source even under the harshest operating environment.
  • Double-forward switching circuitry: offers low power loss and high reliability.
  • Unparalleled DC to DC converter provides highest efficiency, most stable performance, and perfect regulation.
  • 3oz PCB design reduces heat generation and allows greater efficiency.
  • Robust & dedicated +12V output: comes with dual +12V rails design providing up to 40A for 12V1 and 85A for 12V2.
  • FanDelayCool Technology allows 14cm fan to continue to operate 15-30 sec after system shuts-down to ensure all components are properly cooled.
  • Multi-GPU ready: comes with 8 x PCI-E 6+2pin for cutting-edge gaming machine.
  • Auto switching circuitry for universal AC input from 90-264V.
  • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.95 at full load.
  • High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours.
  • DIMENSION: 5.9”(W) x 3.4”(H) x 7.1” (L);150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L)
  • Built-in industry grade protections : Over Current, Over Power, Over Voltage, Under Voltage and Short-Circuit protection.
  • Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOST and BSMI certified. 

 

As far as product specifications go, we have the following information.  This also has been taken from the Thermaltake website. 

GENERAL: _________________________________
- Wattage 1200 Watts
- Fan
140 mm Dual Ball Bearing fan
1900RPM ± 10%
99.6 CFM

- Efficiency up to 93%
- PFC Active PFC
- Hold-Up Time 16 ms at 75% full @ 230 VAC input
- Switches ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch (with light indicator)
- Motherboard Connectors
24-pin Main Connector
8-pin Power Connector
4+4-pin Power Connector

- Power Good Signal 100 - 500 ms
- Form Factor ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.92
- Dimension
7.08 x 5.9 x 3.4 inch (L)x(W)x(H)
180 x 150 x 86 mm (L)x(W)x(H)

- Warranty 7 Years
- Certifications
ATI CrossFireX Certified
NVIDIA SLI Certified
80PLUS Gold Certified

AC INPUT: _________________________________
- Input Voltage 100 VAC ~ 240 VAC
- Input Current Max. 15A
- Input Frequency Range 50Hz ~ 60Hz
- Inrush Current
- Operating Range
- MTBF 120,000
- RFI / EMI CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOST, BSMI
DC OUTPUT: _________________________________
- Output Table
ENVIRONMENT: _________________________________
- Operating Temperature 10 ℃ to 50 ℃
- Storage Temperature -40 ℃ to 70℃
- Operating Humidity 20% to 90%, non-condensing
- Storage Humidity 5% to 95%, non-condensing
PROTECTION: _________________________________
- Over Voltage Protection Yes
- Over Current Protection Yes
- Over Load Protection Yes
- Over Termperature Protection Yes
- Under Voltage Protection Yes
- Short Circuit Protection Yes

The PSU itself has some information on it that confirms the information on the website.

PSU Label  

Although the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W PSU claims that it can handle 1200W of power, with the ratings on the rails, it should be able to handle more - and easily 1200W continuous load.  If you do the math on this PSU you'll see that the 3.3v adn 5v lines actually total 207.5W - and up the 180W combined conservative rating set out by Thermaltake.  Also the +12v1 and +12v2 lines are very large and equal 105A which is 1260W - again, a bit up from the 1200W rating.  Once you toss in the +5vsb and -12v lines, we manage a total output rating of 1507.1W.  I think it's safe to say that if you have any other major device plugged into the same wall as this PSU if it's maxed out, you'll blow a breaker in most houses.  Thankfully, the new shop here at BCCHQ South includes 80A of service in my office = almost 10,000W.  I'm good.

On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the cables before we jump into the PSU itself and then run some tests.