ASUS THOR 850W Platinum ATX Power Supply Review (Page 4)

| Dec 17, 2019 at 11:11 am CST
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUSModel: ROG-THOR-850P

THOR 850P Power Supply


Opening the package holding the PSU and we are greeted by soft Polystyrene style foam, which is firm yet squishy, ensuring the unit stands a good chance of enduring even the roughest shipping.

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The THOR PSU once pulled from the foam, also has a clear plastic wrap to help mitigate abrasion damage, which can occur during shipping with packaging rubbing on the surface.

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Finally, out of its plastic bag, we see the PSU. The fan grille is unique as it is part of the chassis top plate. The grille has the ROG eye in a glossy silkscreen on the grille if you look at it closely. To the bottom right, you will notice a notched edge displaying the THOR name; this illuminates when powered.

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Here we have the plain side of the PSU without the OLED screen or RGB; this side will be visible when looking through the rear panel.

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Here we have the top label of the THOR PSU, and as you can see, ASUS chose unique styling on this as well. Rather than go with a standard rectangular label, ASUS decided a triangle to fit the data; even though most chassis, you will not see this under the PSU shroud.

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Here we have the OLED side of the PSU. As you can see, ASUS chose to have the PSU mount with the fan up, which is a bit odd, since most chassis have air inlets directly under the PSU fan area for fresh air intake. The PSU can be oriented fan down, but it would then omit the OLED shining through the main panel. This is not a deal killer just strange. The diagonal stripe running between the OLED and the ROG eye is ARGB and can sync to your motherboard or RGB controller. If you do not use a cable, it defaults to red. The ROG eye and the THOR name on the chamfered edge are also backlit in the same way.

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Here we have the input side of the PSU, which is where you will insert the AC power cable coming from your surge suppressor. There is a main power toggle along with a 0dB fan mode button to enable the silent mode until the PSU reaches a load in which the fan is needed. The ventilation area is sizeable, and the whole thing is rounded out with a ROG badge adjacent to the input and switches.

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Here we have the output board for the modular cable connections. The CPU EPS and VGA share the same connector, so technically ASUS could have included another connector or even allowed users to opt for a single EPS and four sleeved GPU cables, which I think would have been an ideal solution. However, this would also mean that the cost would potentially rise as including two more GPU leads would add cost to the unit form the manufacturing side. Being that the overwhelming majority of users run a single GPU, I guess ASUS can get a pass on this one.

Last updated: Feb 20, 2020 at 03:17 pm CST


Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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