Thermaltake Toughpower 1500w (W0171) ATX PSU


Thermaltake have never been a manufacturer that I've associated with high-end PSU's, however after putting the Toughpower 1500w through its paces today, that's definitely going to change. Not only did the Toughpower manage tight voltage regulation across all of its rails at a whopping 1329w load, but it also managed to stay extremely quiet, cool and maintain ~87% efficiency throughout the testing. The use of high quality components such as Japanese made Nippon Chemicon capacitors and an ultra silent 140mm Yate Loon fan show Thermaltake's dedication to quality on the Toughpower, and the inclusion of a 5 year warranty certainly backs this up.
With 1.5kw on tap, Thermaltake have also made sure that that the Toughpower is kitted out with enough cables and connectors to take full advantage of the very latest technologies such as Triple-SLI, and the uncomplicated aesthetics of the unit ensure that it wont stick out even in the most corporate of environments.
Combine all of these qualities with an extremely competitive £180 price tag (at time of review) and Toughpower is well on its way to becoming one of the best PSU's we've tested at Overclock3D to date.
The Good
• Extremely high efficiency recorded at just under 87%
• Tight voltage regulation on all rails
• Quiet and cool thanks to 140mm Yate Loon fan.
• Priced the same as most 1kw units, but packs an extra 500w!
• Support for Triple-SLI
• Quality components.
• Fully sleeved cables + easy grip connectors.
The Medicore
• 3.3v rail could have been better under 100% load - but still more than acceptable.
The Bad
• Not a sausage
Editors Choice Award
Thanks to Thermaltake for making this review possible. Discuss this review in our forums.
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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2007, 16:09:50

"Beefcake!! Beefcake!! It may have 1.5kw on tap, but how will the Thermaltake Toughpower perform in the OC3D Labs?"

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13-12-2007, 16:20:29

Very well i should think, i look forward to reading it later...Quote

13-12-2007, 16:27:40

Great review. 93% overall is pretty impressive, some nice efficiency going on there.

1. Don`t like black mesh wraps anymore.

2. Don`t like `easy grip` molex connectors.Quote

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