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Topower 1000W Gold Power Supply Review

Price: $171.99


Topower Computer Industrial Co. Ltd., founded in 1986 in Taiwan, originally started as a manufacturer of switched mode power supplies. Their product line has now expanded to include computer power supplies, speakers, 19" racking systems, chassis, server cases, CD/DVD duplicators, coolers and accessories. Topower products are manufactured in China with offices located in Europe, Canada and the USA to support their international sales growth.

Topower products claim to use the latest technology in power supplies as it becomes available to combat the growing concern of energy efficiency and system stability. The PC enthusiast probably wants stability above efficiency but both are available from today's high end power supplies. This time around OCC are taking a look at a Topower power supply from their Nano series which includes a range of 6 units with power ratings from 500W to 1000W.

The Topower 1000W power supply is 80 Plus Gold certified, comes with a fully captive cable set, four 12V rails and active power factor correction. The connector set includes two 4+4 pin ATX12V/EPS12V, twelve SATA and six 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors to cater for most combinations of motherboards and graphics cards. Let's have a closer look.

Closer Look:

The top cover of the box shows a photograph of the power supply along with SLI ready, Crossfire ready, RoHS and 80 Plus Gold logos with a border at the bottom that shows the Topower web site address, a 1000W Gold sticker and the multi-coloured "topower - Dare to be different" trademark. A comprehensive feature list along with small diagrams to illustrate the major ones, a couple of graphs outlining the advantages of noise and lifespan of a Nanotek fan and conformance marks complete the picture on the bottom face.



The front and rear faces of the box provide information on the number and type of connectors with photographs and six specification tables suggesting the packaging is used for several different models.



The previous photographs show the four faces of what is basically an open ended sleeve that just slides off to reveal a plain gloss black box that contains the power supply.


Lift the lid and the user manual sits on top of a bubble wrapped power supply. The fully captive cable set along with a power cord are neatly tucked down the side of the power supply.


The bubble wrapped power supply along with a very basic set of accessories.



The Topower 1000W power supply comes with a basic set of accessories and minimal packaging. Let's move on, have a closer look and then see how well it performs.

  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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