Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W Review - Updated

paulktreg - 2008-10-03 13:50:38 in Power Supplies
Category: Power Supplies
Reviewed by: paulktreg   
Reviewed on: January 18, 2009
Price: $329.00

Introduction:

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W has previously been reviewed here by OCC, so please take a look and see how OCC formerly tested power supplies. This testing method does have its merits, it is after all how the power supply will be used in the "real world" and not all sites have the expertise or equipment to test them any other way.

You would be right in saying this power supply has been on the market for quite some time now and a label on the box tells me it was an Official Power Supply at the 2007 World Cyber Games. If Thermaltake are still sending this power supply out to review sites like OCC, then I can only pressume it's going to be available for some time yet.

Thermaltake have kindly let OCC have another Toughpower 1000W for me to test and this time around I will be giving it a little more to think about and see how it actually performs delivering its rated power output. Will it make the grade? Let's see.

Closer Look:

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W is packaged in a gloss finished box on which is given a selection of the main features and the power supply specification. The lid shows the obligatory power supply photograph along with the power supply wattage, CableManagement which I think is Thermaltake speak for modular, some of the main features, 80 Plus and Crossfire certified logos. The underside of the box shows the same photograph of the power supply along with a few more of the main technology features with photographs and quantities of all the available connectors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same information is shown on the front and rear panels of the box along with a WCG 2007 Official Power Supply sticker.

 

 

A small paragraph in eight different languages pointing the user in the direction of the Thermaltake website for more information along with a detailed specification table on one panel and on the other the features list along with its model number and type. Both end panels also have a sticker along the bottom with icons of all the agencies for which the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W has gained approval.

 

 

Open the box and everything is neatly packaged inside. The user manual is laid on top of the power supply foam protector and the modular cable bag fitted neatly down one side. Lift the foam away and the power supply is further protected with a bubble wrap envelope.

 

 

The bubble wrapped power supply showing the hard wired cables and the included accessories set, boxed power cord, user manual, Key 3 Spirit leaflet, anti-vibration gasket and modular cable bag.

 

 

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W is well protected for transit and the accessories bundle is excellent. Let's move on and have a closer look.

 

Closer Look:

You will see from the photograph that the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W is a little longer than the average power supply at nearly 8 inches long and this will need to be taken into consideration when lining up a case. The user manual tells me the power supply has a "special Hi-Tech Black coating", I don't know whats hi-tech about it but it, does look good. The hardwired cables shown at the rear include the 20/24 pin motherboard connector, one 4+4 pin ATX12V connector and a EPS12V 8 pin connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front panel showing the honeycombed grill exhaust, IEC mains input connector and a nice large mains on/off switch. The rear panel showing the hardwired cable port and the modular cable connectors. The modular cable sockets and the corresponding modular cable connectors are all colour coded, black for peripherals, blue for graphic card one and red for graphic card two auxillary power. The attached label shows which 12V rails are utilised.

 

 

One side of the power supply bears a good quality aluminium Toughpower label and on the other side is a test label.

 

 

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W uses a large 140mm cooling fan which is protected by a grill that is actually part of the case and gives a better quality finish, in my opinion, than the usual screw attached safety grill. The other side of the power supply shows a comprehensive specification label.

 

 

Hardwired cables and the full set of modular cables with colour coded plugs as previously stated.

 

 

The cooling fan is a large 140mm Thermaltake TT-1425B rated at 12VDC 0.7A manufactured by Yate Loon Electronics.

 

This power supply like many others of 1000W or above is actually two switched mode power supplies in one box. The two power supplies produce one high current 12V rail each which is then distributed to supply two of the four 12V rails each and either the 3V3 or 5V0 via DC to DC converters.

 

The heatsinks are highly finned to increase their surface area and improve heat dissipation. The main capacitors are rated at 85°C. I couldn't find any manufacturers marks without totally dismantling the printed circuit board. What is clearly printed on one corner of the circuit board is Gigabyte, so maybe this board is also used in one of their units?

 

 

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W is a good looking, well built unit. Let's hope it performs...

 

Specification:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ratings Table:

 

RATINGS

Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1000W (W0132)

 AC Input

115VAC – 230VAC   13A   47Hz – 63Hz

DC Output
12V1
12V4
3V3
12V2
12V3
5V0
-12V
+5VSB
Max Current
20A
36A
30A
20A
36A
30A
0.8A
3.5A
Min Current
1.0A
1.0A
0.5A
1.0A
1.0A
0.5A
0A
0A
Ripple
120mV
120mV
50mV
120mV
120mV
50mV
120mV
50mV
Regulation
+/- 3%
+/- 3%
+/- 3%
+/- 3%
+/- 3%
+/- 3%
+/- 10%
+3%-5%
Max O/P Power
500W
500W
9.6W
17.5W
Total Power
1000W

 

System Protection:

 

PROTECTION

Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1000W (W0132)

 
DC Rail
Trigger Point
Over Voltage Protection
3V3
4.5V Maximum
5V0
7.0V Maximum
All 12V
15.6V Maximum
Over Current Protection
3V3
33A ~ 50A
5V0
33A ~ 50A
12V1 & 12V2
22A ~ 35A
12V3 & 12V4
39A ~ 55A
Under Voltage Protection
3V3
2.0V Minimum
5V0
3.3V Minimum
All 12V
8.5V Minimum
Short Circuit Protection
All outputs to ground

 

Safety & Agency Approvals:

 

CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, & BSMI.

 

Power Supply Weight:

 

WEIGHT

Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1000W (W0132)

6.6lbs
3.0kg

 

Power Supply Connectors:

 

CONNECTORS

Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1000W (W0132)

20+4 Pin Motherboard
Hard Wired
1
8 (4+4) Pin ATX/EPS 12V
Hard Wired
1
8 Pin EPS 12V
Hard Wired
1
Molex 4 Pin
Modular
8
SATA Power
Modular
8
FDD 4 Pin Power
Modular
2
PCI-Express 6 Pin
Modular
3*
PCI-Express 8 Pin
Modular
3
* 6 Using 8 Pin To 6 Pin Adapter Cables

 

Power Supply Cable Lengths:

 

CABLE LENGTHS

Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1000W (W0132)

Type

Approximate Cable Lengths & Connector Spacings

Qty
Hard Wired
PSU > 20” > 20+4 Motherboard
1
Hard Wired
PSU > 20” > 8 (4+4) Pin ATX/EPS 12V
1
Hard Wired
PSU > 20” > 8 Pin EPS 12V
1
Modular

PSU > 20” > Molex > 6” > Molex > 6” > Molex > 6” > Molex > 6” > FDD

2
Modular

PSU > 20” > SATA > 6” > SATA > 6” > SATA > 6” > SATA

2
Modular
PSU > 20” > PCI-Express 8 Pin
3
Modular
PSU > 20” > PCI-Express 6 Pin
3
Adapter
PCI-Express 8 Pin > 6” > PCI-Express 6 Pin
3

 

Features:

 

Exactly as printed on the box.

 

 

Testing:

For more information on how we test our power supplies, please browse our testing methodology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Safety:

 

Electrical Safety Test Class 1
Manufacturer/Model
Pass/Fail
Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W
Pass

 

Short Circuit Protection:

I short circuited the 3V3, 5V0 and all four 12V lines in turn. The power supply did shut down, and once the short was removed and the unit switched off for at least one second, resumed normal operation. Although listed here at the beginning of the testing section, I tend to leave this test until the very end, in case it doesn't quite go to plan.

 

DC Output Voltage Load Regulation:

 

Mains Input Voltage 110VAC

 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 195W which is 20% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
3.11
10.39
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.10
9.35
47.68
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.05
2.54
30.61
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.05
2.55
30.73
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.05
2.51
30.24
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.05
2.57
30.97
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
11.88
0.35
4.16
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
5.02
2.13
10.69
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
195W
 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 474W which is 47% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
7.83
26.15
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.09
9.25
47.08
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.08
7.99
96.52
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.04
8.00
96.32
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.04
8.01
96.44
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.07
8.04
96.61
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
11.99
0.36
4.32
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
5.01
2.13
10.67
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
474W
 

 

110VAC - Total Load at 1027W which is 103% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
15.68
52.37
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.09
13.62
69.32
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.18
18.46
224.84
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.03
18.32
220.39
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.03
18.27
219.79
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.17
18.50
225.15
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.21
0.36
4.39
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
5.00
2.13
10.65
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
1027W
 

 

Mains Input Voltage 230VAC

 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 195W which is 20% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
3.11
10.39
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.10
9.28
47.33
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.04
2.55
30.70
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.04
2.55
30.70
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.04
2.52
30.34
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.04
2.57
30.94
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
11.87
0.35
4.15
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
5.01
2.13
10.67
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
195W
 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 475W which is 48% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
7.82
26.12
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.10
9.27
47.28
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.08
8.00
96.64
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.04
8.00
96.32
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.04
8.03
96.68
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.08
8.04
97.12
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
0.36
0.36
4.32
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
2.13
2.13
10.65
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
475W
 

 

230VAC - Total Load at 1019W which is 102% of Rated Maximum Output Power.

PSU
DC Line
Measured
Voltage(V)
Measured
Current (A)
Load Power
(W)
ATX12V V Limits
(V)
Pass/Fail
+3V3
3.34
16.56
55.44
3.135 – 3.465
Pass
+5V0
5.10
13.88
70.79
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
+12V0(1)
12.17
18.44
224.41
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(2)
12.04
18.35
220.93
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(3)
12.06
18.36
221.42
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
+12V0(4)
12.16
18.59
226.05
11.4 – 12.6
Pass
-12V0
12.18
0.36
4.38
10.8 – 13.2
Pass
+5VSB
5.01
2.13
10.67
4.75 – 5.25
Pass
Total Power Supply Loading
1019W
 

 

All the DC rails held up very well, even at full load and remained well within the limits set out in the ATX12V V2.2 specification. No problems here, so let's move on.

 

Testing (Continued):

Efficiency and Power Factor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output & Efficiency at 110VAC
DC Load (W)
AC Load (W)
PF
Efficiency (%)
Pass/Fail
0
9
0.50
N/A
N/A
195
245
0.99
80
Pass
474
576
0.99
82
Pass
1027
1285
1.00
80
Pass

 

Output & Efficiency at 230VAC
DC Load (W)
AC Load (W)
PF
Efficiency (%)
Pass/Fail
0
11
0.24
N/A
N/A
195
241
0.91
81
Pass
475
558
0.96
85
Pass
1019
1241
0.97
82
Pass

 

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W meets the requirements of the claimed 80 Plus certification on 110VAC and 230VAC (PF>0.9 & Efficiency>80%). Actual measurements once again show the PF to be best at 110VAC and efficiency at 230VAC. Maximum efficiency of 85% is an excellent result and puts this power supply up with the best.

 

AC Ripple On DC Outputs:

 

I have consistently found the AC ripple levels on the DC rails to be more or less equal with a 110VAC or 230VAC mains supply. The results given below are for 230VAC only but I will continue to check the levels at 110VAC during testing and publish them below if they differ in any way.

 

AC Ripple On 3V3 Rail at 230VAC

Oscilloscope settings: Amplitude = 5mv/div, Timebase = 10uS/div

 

AC Ripple On 5V0 Rail at 230VAC

Oscilloscope settings: Amplitude = 10mv/div, Timebase = 10uS/div

 

AC Ripple On 12V1 Rail at 230VAC

Oscilloscope settings: Amplitude = 20mv/div, Timebase = 10uS/div

 

Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W AC Ripple/Noise Measurements

DC Output
+3V3
+5V0
+12V
-12V0
+5VSB
Ripple (mV p-p)
30 40
90
80
50

 

The measured levels are a little higher than I would like but they do meet the requirements of the ATX12V V2.2 standard and will not cause any problems so lets move on.

 

Testing(Continued):

Temperature, Noise Levels and Fan Speeds:

 

I am not going to give a pass or fail in this section, as the ATX12V V2.2 does not really have any references on which to base a decision.

Temperatures are purely for information only, as there are too many variables involved when installed in a case, which, by the way, it wasn't. Ambient temperature, processor cooling efficiency and case cooling fans all play their part on the temperature of the air entering the power supply, and consequently the temperature of the air leaving it. No valid conclusions can be made from this test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC Loading
Temp In (°C)
Temp Out (°C)
Δ Temp (°C)
Fan Speed (RPM)
195W
22.0
25.4
3.4
1044
475W
21.9
29.8
7.9
1041
1019W
22.5
31.8
9.3
2014

 

Temperatures at all times remained low even after a substantial run (4 hours) at 1019W. Realistically, the Temp In would be higher, but after testing several power supplies, these results are very good and compare well with other power supplies in its class. The fan noise at 195W and 475W is very low and only becomes audible at 1019W which is to be expected.

 

Conclusion:

Environmental Factors:

High shipping costs due to weight and the use of foam and bubble wrap don't earn the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W any points in this section. Verified 80 Plus compliance does, however, pull these points back, so let's call it a draw in this section.

 

Price Per the Watt:

Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W at $329.99 = $0.33/Watt (December 2008)

 

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W (Model W0132RU) packaging carries the Crossfire Certified Logo, but a look on the AMD/ATI website shows this power supply has been certified for crossfired X1900/X1950 graphic cards. I appreciate this power supply has been knocking about for some time now, but if Thermaltake are going to continue with this power supply, isn't it time to update the certification? I have no doubt this power supply is quite capable of running any graphic card currently available in SLI or crossfire with room to spare.

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W performed very well and I would not hesitate in recommending it for any high end dual graphic card system that it is possible to build at the moment.

I have no hesitation in awarding the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W a gold award. It deserves it, but I do ask myself whether I am giving out too many awards at this level. It is getting increasingly difficult to separate branded power supplies on performance alone. But at the end of the day all you, the reader, wants to know, is whether the power supply can provide good quality, stable power to your rig and this one will!

 

Pros:

 

Cons: