Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W

Having a PSU that is rated at 1200 watts is a big deal. Having a PSU that will give you 1200 watts under stressful conditions is quite another. We put the Toughpower 1200w into the oven and see if it stands up to its 1200 watt power claims. Don't miss this one.


Thermaltake Technology Company is the most recent addition to our Power Supply testing program today with their Toughpower CableManagement 1200w (W0133RU). As a company Thermaltake has a rather short history being founded in 1999. Thermaltake's primary focus has been on thermal solutions, but for some time now Thermaltake has maintained a group of product lines dedicated to power supplies. These early power supplies were often manufactured by Sirtec, but with the launch of the Toughpower line Thermaltake has taken their power supply business in a new direction. To make this shift Thermaltake has today partnered themselves with Channel Well Technology on the Toughpower 1200w and it looks to be a great decision.

Channel Well Technology was founded and began manufacturing power supplies in 1993. Since 1993 Channel Well Technology products have shown up under various guises including Antec, Xclio, 2theMax, and CWT themselves. While most familiar to our US users under the Antec brand CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as they have a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to their well designed independently regulated SMPS.

Speak Softly Big Stick?

Today we are looking at Thermaltake’s top of the line power supply the Toughpower CableManagement 1200w (W0133RU). The Toughpower 1200w is an interesting product that Thermaltake has positioned at the very top of the power supply market, a section that has gotten very crowded recently with the addition of 1000w+ units by a number of brands. With the field becoming so crowded Thermaltake is really going to have to pull a rabbit out of their hat with the Toughpower 1200w in order to shed the past and step into the high-end as a serious player.

Thermaltake’s approach to marketing the Toughpower on their product page is interesting as the product page is almost devoid of the usual gushing praise that most manufacturers post. Rather the page is simply dominated by some very impressive specifications.

Since Thermaltake appears to be taking the quiet route, lets see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Toughpower 1200w in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.