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Topower 1000W Gold Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   July 25, 2011
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Closer Look:

The Topower 1000W power supply with its slightly textured satin black finish that now seems to be the norm on most power supplies at the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large diamond shaped exhaust grill on the rear along with an active PFC label, IEC mains input connector and mains on/off switch. The cable set is sleeved all the way into the power supply and a plastic grommet installed into the cable exit port to protect the cables from damaging sharp edges.

 

 

A comprehensive specification table on one side panel.

 

 

The bottom face of the Topower 1000W is unadorned and on the top is a black wire grill covered cooling fan.

 

 

The captive cable set on the Topower 1000W is on the large side and unless there's plenty of room inside the enclosure the unused cables could prove difficult to keep tidy. The black braiding on the cable set is well-done with a cable tie and heat shrink used to secure it at the connector end.

 

The cooling fan of choice here is a 120mm BTek A1225L12S rated at 12V and 0.3A with a nano technology bearing.

 

The printed circuit board is well laid out and appears well made but it looks familiar, it's the same board used in the Joule 800W from Mushkin. The electrolytic capacitors are manufactured by Teapo, the two large primary capacitors rated at 85°C and on secondary a more welcome 105°C. A quick check of UL number reveals Topower to have manufactured this power supply, so no rebranding here.

 

The Topower 1000W power supply's build quality is on a par with other power supplies I've looked at, though the packaging is minimal and the accessories very basic but how does it perform? Let's have a look at the technical bits and then find out.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Specification & Features
  4. Testing: DC Voltage Load Regulation
  5. Testing: Efficiency, Power Factor & DC Quality
  6. Testing: Temperature, Noise Level & Fan Speed
  7. Conclusion
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