Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W - Cables and Test Setup

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

Cables:

While the cables of a normal PSU aren't that exciting, the cables included with the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W unit are pretty nice.  The modular cables are sheathed with a nice flexible material that still allows great cable management.  Sometimes wrapped cables are not very flexible, but Thermaltake has chosen a nice material that looks good and is still flexible. Outside of the standard motherboard cables, there are a total of eight PCIe connectors, eight Molex connectors, 12x SATA 5-pin connectors and a single 4-pin floppy adapter that will take up a Molex cable.  This is enough to power pretty much any system with up to four graphics cards.  Good luck overloading this unit.

Connectors

 

Modular Bundle
Modular Bundle
Non-Modular Cables
Non-Modular Cables

 

Molex Bundle
Molex Bundle
PCIe Bundle
PCIe Bundle
SATA Bundle
SATA Bundle

Output Total 1200W

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Test Setup & Info:

In the past, we've prided ourselves on real-world testing.  For graphics cards, CPUs and memory, what matters is what takes place in real applications and games.  We also held that philosophy for PSU testing, but after a while, we realized that there is more to a PSU that being able to run a machine stable over a few weeks or months.  In reality, if there is a lot of ripple, this can damage sensitive traces on your $700 graphics card or $1300 CPU.  A multi-meter alone is not good enough to check PSU voltage stability.  It's for this reason that we've updated our PSU testbed, and will continue to improve the detail and quality of our PSU reviews.  That being said, we will still be testing the PSU in a system and will be including stress tests from real components in the real world.

We have purchased a Tektronics TDS2002 60MHz Dual Channel scope and it has already become invaluable around the shop here at BCCHardware headquarters.  I've used it to troubleshoot everything from PSU's to Radars, and we are using it today to check the stability of the Thermaltake 1200W PSU on the next page.

On the next page we'll pull the PSU apart before we jump into testing on the last page.