Thermaltake Toughpower 1500w (W0171) ATX PSU

Introduction & Specs

When it comes to the world of cases and cooling everyone (and their dog) has heard of Thermaltake. With their headoffices based in Taiwan and a total of seven other offices located around the world, Thermaltake have experienced an explosion of growth since their inception back in 1999.
Responsible for products such as the "Big Water 745" water cooling system and "Tsunami" ATX case, it's fair to say that Thermaltake have always catered for the enthusiast on a budget - whilst also trying to maintain the highest level of quality possible at that price point.
In 2005 Thermaltake introduced their "Toughpower" PSU range. Designed to pick up where their previous Purepower range left off, the Toughpower proved to be stable, quiet and well priced resulting in many awards worldwide. Today we're going to be looking at the latest model in the Toughpower range. Rated at 1500w, the Toughpower is actually one of the most powerful consumer PSU's to date, but before we get down to business let's find out a little more about Thermaltake from their website:

Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.
started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for "overclockers" orPC enthusiasts. With the company's initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.

With company's core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis's atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unti which provided users full control over computer's thermal management system.
Despite the vast selection of PSU's Overclock3D has tested over the past few years, for some reason we've never got our hands on a Toughpower (until now that is!). So with the help of Thermaltake's website, let's see what this 1.5kw monster has in store for us today:

• Intel ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 2.91 compatible
• Stable 1500W continuous output, peak power at 1600W (at 50℃ operating environment)
• Four 8pin and four 6pin PCI-E connectors design supports multiple high-end graphic card setup
• Support Dual core CPU, Quad core CPU, NVIDIA SLI and all Multi-Core GPU Technology
• Four independent +12V rails provides superior performance (Total Combined load of +12V is 120A)
• Modularized Cable Management to eliminate clutter and improve airflow inside the case.
• Active Power Factor Correction (PF>0.99) and high efficiency (up to 87%).
• Industrial grade components (capacitor, transformer, etc)
• High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours
• Quiet and reliable 14cm ball-bearing fan.
• Protections: Over Current, Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Temperature,
• Over Power, and Short-Circuit protection.
• Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified.

Max load
Min load
Ripple & Noise
+3,-3% +3,-3% +3,-3%
Max output power
Total power
Peak Power
* Add 0.1uF and 47uF capacitors across output terminal during ripple & noise test
Aside from the usual safety features and certifications found on most recent PSU's, the Toughpower also sports "up to 87%" efficiency, a 14cm ball-bearing fan and an MTFB of over 120,000 hours. As expected, the unit also supports the latest 8-Pin PCI-E graphics cards, while still providing full support for mid-range cards based on 6-Pin connectors.
Interestingly, the output chart above has the +12v, +3.3v and +5v rails split into two arrangements of 750w. This may be a sign that Thermaltake have used two transformers inside the unit or even possibly that they've litterally crammed two 750w PSU's into one case and configured the rails to the layout we see above. Regardless, the specifications of the Toughpower are certainly extremely encouraging, and we'll find out exactly how it performs in our tests over the next few pages.
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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2007, 21:20:29

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

13-12-2007, 21:27:40

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

13-12-2007, 21:32:30

Both of those are industry standard and features most people look for in a PSU tbh

Good job TT, a very decent product. I'm impressed Quote

13-12-2007, 21:44:07

sounded like you were giving thermaltake compliments through gritted teeth at first

but good review all in all

and actually, a good unit, my god....somthing to come out of thermaltake (other than the armour) that didnt

13-12-2007, 21:56:42

Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
sounded like you were giving thermaltake compliments through gritted teeth at first

but good review all in all

and actually, a good unit, my god....somthing to come out of thermaltake (other than the armour) that didnt
Haha I think I may have well been, but hey I warmed to it in the end Quote

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