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Thermaltake Toughpower 1000watt Modular PSU

Price: $329.99 USD


Power, we all think we have enough when it comes to our computers. With the increasing performance and power consumption of todays latest and greatest hardware, the lowly power supply is often an overlooked component. We don't hesitate to spend two or three thousand dollars on hardware, but then we'll skimp on a sixty dollar, 500 watt power supply thinking it will be fine. Then we get upset when the computer doesn't perform to our expectations and we have reboots, BSOD's and other random issues. With 1000 watts of continuous power, the Toughpower 1000 should handle everything I can throw at it. It boasts such features as +/-3% power regulation, up to 87% efficiency, four independent, dedicated 12v rails and a 140mm fan (yes boys and girls that's right, a 140mm fan) to cool down this beast.

Thermaltake, a name we all have come to know as a quality manufacturer of many products for the personnel computer market. These products range from cases to power supplies to heatsinks and even some of the more unique items such as the drive bay cup holder-cigarette lighter combo. Each product has a niche that it is targeted for. Thermaltake was formed in 1999 with it's headquarters in Taiwan and offices located across the globe. Thermaltake is considered to be one of the world leaders in the design and manufacture of thermal management products, computer chassis and power supplies.

Closer Look:

The packaging illustrates the contents of the box and looking at the size of the box I can only imagine how large this PSU is. The box has all of the specifications and features arranged so that you get useful information on all sides of the packaging. A couple things grabbed my attention right away; the 140mm fan and the weight of this power supply. In life being heavy is bad, but in the case of a power supply, it's a good thing.

Opening the box you will find that this power supply comes well protected in a foam enclosure. Not only is it encased in foam, but it's bubble wrapped for further protection. Because this is a modular power supply, the additional cables,silicon vibration dampener and power cable, are packaged in what space is left in the box.

I like what I see so far. Quality packaging and an extensive pack of accessories.

  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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