ASUS ROG Thor 850W & 1200W PSU Review

Introduction - The Power of ROG

ASUS ROG Thor 850W & 1200W PSU Review

Introduction

It is always exciting to see a company enter a new market, bringing with it a new way of thinking and perhaps ideas for features that customers have never seen before. 

While some will argue that innovation is dead in the PSU market, it is also arguable that the PSU market is where we need new competitors the most, a new spark of creativity to take things to a whole new level. Yes, companies can continue to push for higher efficiency rating and cleaner power, but there are other ways of improving a product.  

ASUS' and their Republic of Gamers Sub-brand are entering the high-end PSU market, hoping to bring to the table unparalleled build quality and a stylistic flair that is almost completely missing from the market. Yes, we have seen a few power supplies with multi-coloured lighting in the past, but nothing else comes close to what ROG has brought to the table with their Thor series of PSU. 

In recent years, most new case designs hide power supplies under a shroud, leaving them unseen inside most new builds. ASUS' believes that if you buy a PSU from them, you will want to put it on display. ROG has placed a lot of effort into making their units as appealing as possible, even going so far as to create their own internal heatsinks, which appear to be similar to their high-end motherboards and come with ROG series branding to boot.  

Today we will be looking at ASUS' ROG Thor 850W and 1200W power supplies, two units that ooze premium from every facet of their being. It would be a crime to place either model under a PSU shroud, as ASUS fully intends for their PSUs to be shown to the masses. 

ASUS ROG Thor 850W & 1200W PSU Review  
Specifications

We will start with ASUS' unique selling points, the first of which being the ROG brand itself. We know that plenty of PC builders love to match their components to a single brand when possible, making the Thor series the only option available if you are shopping with the ROG brand in mind. The ROG brand is amongst the most popular amongst PC gamers, so it shouldn't be discounted as a selling point out of hand. 

Now, this is a review; we will need more than a brand logo to convince us to recommend a product. We know all too well that every brand has a dud product every now and then. The real USPs (Unique Selling Points) of the ROG Thor series is their integration of AURA Sync lighting, which can be controlled via ASUS Aura Sync and the use of an OLED panel to measure power draw, neither of which are common features in the PSU market.   

On the inside, ASUS boasts a design that uses 100% Japanese Capacitors, ASUS' patented Wing-Blade fan design with 0dB technology and an integrated heatsink solution that is said to offer 2x more volume than competing designs and offer 20% lower load temperatures. ASUS claims that these features will give their PSUs an extended lifespan, which is why the company offers a 10-year warranty for their core components (more on that later). 

Both ASUS' 850W and 1200W Thor series power supplies offer an 80+ Platinum efficiency rating and fit inside the industry standard ATX specification, with the only major difference in each unit's specifications being their wattage and their length, with the 850W model being 160mm long while the 1200W model is 30mm longer. 

ASUS ROG Thor 850W & 1200W PSU Review  

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16-12-2018, 13:10:58

AlienALX
Great review, and bonus points for making up the term "Roggy" Quote

16-12-2018, 16:36:02

Eddie long
Nice review guv , i do like the looks of them , and i see they got the nod of approval from the senior power supply analyst Quote

17-12-2018, 05:01:35

Warchild
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Great review, and bonus points for making up the term "Roggy"
Roggy... as if RoG didnt make me cringe enough haha. I would love to see the "republic of gamers" brand disappear. Along with MSI Gamer X, Godlike, EVGA FTW, and all the rest of the asian marketted terminologies.

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In short, we think ASUS needs to lower the price of their 1200W model. At its current pricing, it is hard not to recommend exploring other options, leaving the ROG Thor 1200W as a unit that is only for the most ardent of ROG fans.
To be honest, I don't see the point of a 1200W in this day and age. SLI 3/4way is gone. This is aimed at gamers, so even with SLI 2 way and and overclocked CPU you are looking at around 800W usage at most. Components released now focus on efficiency as much as performance. As you said, the 850W variant will make far more sense to the consumer.

Even a 1000W would be catered more towards enthusiast markets. 1200W just makes no sense to me at all.Quote

18-12-2018, 08:17:23

Dicehunter
Whatever you do, Do not drop 1 of these PSU's on your foot, Otherwise you're going to have a thor toe.....Quote

18-12-2018, 08:31:17

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Whatever you do, Do not drop 1 of these PSU's on your foot, Otherwise you're going to have a thor toe.....
Thor goes out on the sauce one night. He goes to a bar, and meets a young lady with a lisp.

They spend the night in a hotel making love.. The next morning he decides to formally introduce himself..

"Hi, I'm Thor!" he says. She replies..

"You're thor? I'm so thor I can't pith"Quote
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