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Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W Power Supply Review

Thermaltake is back on our test benches and back with some very big iron. Thermaltake made some of the "biggest and baddest" computer power supplies years ago and we are about to find out if the company does once again. However this Toughpower is well above a kilowatt and surely will have a limited appeal, but also surely attract a lot of attention.

Introduction

Today Thermaltake Technology Company is back for a ninth time through our power supply testing program with its new Toughpower 1350W. As a company, Thermaltake has a rather short history being founded in just 1999, but in that short time it has grown rapidly. While Thermaltake's primary focus had been on thermal solutions, it has for some time now maintained a group of product lines dedicated to power supplies. The early power supplies in these lines were often manufactured by Sirtec, but with the launch of the Toughpower line over 2 years ago Thermaltake took its power supply business in a new, and quite frankly better, direction as it paired with CWT. Today, we are looking at another product from Thermaltake's partnership with Channel Well Technology, the new Toughpower 1350W (TP-1350M). Apparently worthy of its own website!

Channel Well Technology (CWT) 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, CWT, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and Corsair. While most familiar to our US users from when they used to provide OEM services for Antec, 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 its well designed independently regulated SMPS. Recently however, CWT has begun stretching out and is providing OEM services for a number of brands as today’s unit demonstrates.

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The Tough Just Got a Bit More Power

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W is the most recent power supply in a long list of power supplies that we have reviewed from Thermaltake. In general, our previous experiences with Thermaltake units have been positive (occasional hiccups here and there not withstanding), but often these units have been held back by a bit of a price premium. Today, however, the Toughpower 1350W is coming in at near the top of the DC output capacity available for 120v units that does not require some sort of unique adaptation to get UL approval, and in this category cost is usually not the first thing on people’s minds. As such, this realm makes for some great show pieces and flagship products. Indeed, this unit comes to us today hot on the heels of another flagship 1350W unit, the Enermax MaxRevo 1350W, so we should have a nice set of recent test results to compare this unit to. Before setting off in that direction though, let’s see what Thermaltake has outlined for us with this unit:

Combining 1350 watts of stable and reliable output power with cutting-edge efficiency, the Toughpower 1350W blasts ahead of the competition. Robust dual +12v rails deliver unbeatably stable power that earns the 80 PLUS Silver certification. Factors in the ultra-quiet 14cm cooling fan, modular cable management, 100% 105C Japanese electrolytic & solid capacitors, DC-DC converter module for higher efficiency and stable voltage output.

The Toughpower 1350W is the ultimate choice in the market.

Let’s move on and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.