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Thermaltake Toughpower 1000watt Modular PSU



How do you know if a product performs as advertised? You test it under the conditions it will see on a day to day basis. You also test it under the worst case scenario to see if the product will hold up. Today I will attempt to show both of these extremes. I will perform a no load test to test voltages with the computer in an idle or "no load" state. I will then load the CPU with Stress Prime 2004 Orthos edition, 3DMark06 Professional to load the video cards and HDTach to put a load to the hard drives to try and load all three voltages that we will be measuring. I will be measuring the 3.3volt, 5volt and 12volt lines. To verify the voltages at each level, I will use a voltmeter to check the voltages. Additionally I will use my  Kestral 4100 pocket airflow tracker to find out how much air the 140mm fan actually displaces through the rear exhaust panel.This measurement will be made at both idle and load levels to verify any airflow increase under load.

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo 400 x 9
  • Motherboard: DFI Lanparty 680I LT
  • Memory: 2 x 2gb Mushkin HP6400
  • Video Card(s): 2 X Evga 8800GTS 640mb In SLI mode
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 1000w
  • Comparison Power Supply: OCZ 700w GameXstream
  • Hard Drive(s): 2 x 74GB WD raptors in raid 0,  2 x WD 250gb 16mb cache SATA
  • Opticals:   BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony dvd-rom
  • O/S:  Windows XP Service pack 2

Testing Tools:

  • Sperry DSA-500 Multimeter
  • Kestral 4100 Airflow tracker

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Accessories, Cables)
  3. Closer Look (The Power supply)
  4. Installation
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing (Setup , Idle volts)
  7. Testing (Load volts and Airflow)
  8. Conclusion
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