When I first saw an ASUS branded extreme PSU, I was pretty stoked to give it a run. After using it a bit, I like the unit a lot, there are some things as I noted in the review that I would change, but overall it does its job quite well and delivers some substantial power at a non-audible noise level. The design choices in regards to cables and a few other areas could be better as we have already mentioned.
What did we like about the ASUS THOR 850P? Well, first of all, the OLED is a neat addition, it allows real-time monitoring of your systems power draw which can be helpful pending your chassis has a window in the PSU shroud or no PSU shroud. The inclusion of sleeved cables is always welcome as it can save the cost and hassle of getting a custom set. The ability to sync the RGB is a refreshing addition pending; you are a fan of RGB and again can see your PSU. The PSU operates quietly even under heavy load, which is good.
Some of the above pluses are also minus in their own right. The OLED is only on one side forcing users to mount the PSU fan up, which seems counter-intuitive since cases have adopted a fan down position pulling fresh air in. The case manufacturers even put airflow openings and filters in place to allow the PSU to ingest form the bottom. If you rotate the fan to the bottom of the THOR PSU, the OLED would only be visible from the cable management side. The fan pointing up will be just fine, and the PSU will survive, but it seems like a weird choice.
The other caveat is the RGB and OLED will not be visible in several cases, which will have them covered by the PSU shroud. ASUS makes cases now, and their PSU shroud has a window for this, but that's a minimal market. Another negative with the THOR is that I believe any majorly visible wires such as GPU should be the same. Using two different cable sets means anyone using dual GPU will have a beautiful looking sleeved cable set, alongside a bundle wrapped pigtail style.
The THOR holds its own at its price point when considering the unique features it has and the unique styling and rigidity of the PSU. However, with some significant caveats, as mentioned above, I feel like the THOR is a 90% hit with 10% miss.
ASUS was ambitious with the THOR PSU entry, and the performance was reliable. The aesthetics, however, which made it special, are a double-edged sword and creates limitations that are arbitrary and unnecessary. If you are running a single GPU system and want something like the THOR PSU, it is a reliable option. Adding a GPU and well, I would use the included voucher to get proper cables that are not a mish-mash.
Shannon's Power Supply Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Zenith Extreme Alpha (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Custom Alphacool CPU Liquid Cooling (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB 3000MHz 32GB (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA TITAN V (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collectors Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: VARIABLE (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Feb 20, 2020 at 03:17 pm CST
The Bottom Line
ASUS created a unique entry into the PSU field with the THOR PSU series. If you are looking for a solid PSU, and can see your PSU location, the THOR 850P just might be for you.