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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU Review

By: Zac O'Vadka | 80 PLUS Platinum PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 3:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Load Test Results


Our load tests utilize a couple of FAST ATE active load testers, and a variety of other equipment such as an oscilloscope, power conditioner, temperature probe, and a power consumption meter. You can read more about our standard testing approach here.


The tests performed are based around six conceivable setups that are out there, and progressively load down the PSU up to the power supply's limits, or 1000W; whichever comes first. Since our test equipment's limits are lower than that of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum power supply, we can only test it to 1000W.




The above tests represent typical loads that we have measured from various systems, and are meant to give a rough idea of where your computer might fall in line with our tests. Please keep in mind that each system is different, and actual loads can vary greatly, even with similar hardware.




Let's start by taking a look at the voltages, to see how well this unit did during testing. Starting with the 12V rail, we see 2% regulation with a total voltage drop of .16V. The 5V rail managed to stay within 2% of specification, with a total drop of .07V from start to finish. Moving towards the 3.3V rail, we see that regulation was within 2% of specification, with a total voltage drop of .06V.


DC Output quality for the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum was excellent, and well within specifications. During Test One, we saw 15mV of noise on our scope at about 20% load. When we increased the loads in Test Three, the ripple climbed to a 23mV at around 50% load. Increasing loads even further showed that the noise on the 12V rail climbed to 30mV at 1000W.


The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum is rated for 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency. This means that the power supply must perform at 90% / 92% / 89% efficiency, at 20% / 50% / 100% loads respectively. As you can see, the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum performs exactly as expected.



Final Thoughts


Thermaltake is starting off the New Year with quite a bang. They have an all new power supply on the market and timed it perfectly to coincide with being able to showcase it at CES. This unit looks and performs exactly as we would have expected it to as we have come to expect nothing but greatness from Thermaltake. They promised a unit that looked great and they delivered.


From a performance standpoint, one can hardly do anything but smile at the results from the Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum. Voltage regulation is solid and stable and never any further than 2% from nominal values. Noise on the 12V rail is minimal, showing only 15mV on the low-end and no more than 30mV at nearly full load. The efficiency of the unit is spectacular as well. There aren't many units that we see break into the area of 93% efficiency, but this is certainly one of them.


The excellent performance values combine with the aesthetics and price of the unit to create the trifecta that most power supplies fall short of being able to achieve. With that being said, I highly recommend the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum, as you can't lose no matter what your reason for purchasing the unit is.



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United States: The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W TPG-1050M retails for $185.86 at Amazon.


Canada: The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W TPG-1050M retails for CDN$330.26 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging93%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Performance and looks will often cost quite a bit, but the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Platinum delivers both without breaking the bank.

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