Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W Power Supply Review

Thermaltake was a leader in the field of high power computer PSUs many years ago, and in fact we still use those 1200 watt units in testing. Today we are seeing another top end Toughpower PSU enter the market, this time packing a huge 1500 watts of power supposedly at high efficiencies.

Introduction

Today Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program with its new monster sized Toughpower 1500W. As a company, Thermaltake has a rather short history being founded in just 1999, but in that short time they have grown rapidly. While Thermaltake's primary focus has 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 4 years ago Thermaltake took its power supply business in a new, and quite frankly better, direction as they paired with CWT. Today, we are looking at a new OEM for Thermaltake, in our reviews, with Enhance providing the guts to today’s Toughpower 1500W (TP-1500M).

Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd. was founded over 20 years ago in 1986. While a major power supply OEM Enhance is not nearly as well known to most users as some other OEMs as its core business focus has been outside of the desktop market in areas such as servers, embedded, and telecom markets. However, its products have started to surface in the US consumer realm in the last year or so under the likes of SilverStone, Silverpower, Antec, Cooler Master, and now Thermaltake as well as the occasional Enhance branded model. Today’s Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W once more represents the largest capacity power supply we have seen from Enhance to date.

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It's Big, but is it Tough?

The Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W is just the third power supply we have seen in the 1500W-1600W range to date. So far, the preceding 1500W+ units have been generally very good units and, with one exception, Thermaltake’s previous ventures into the 1200W and up realm have been very successful. With that in mind, we are definitely looking forward to seeing what Thermaltake can bring to the table at 1500 watts. Before moving on though, let’s see what Thermaltake has to say about this unit:

Toughpower Series

Thermaltake, the market’s most trusted brand name also produces the market’s most reliable Toughpower series power supply. Built with the latest technological advances in circuitry design with industrial-grade components, Toughpower offers industry’s leading 87%+ efficiency, power protection and performance that today’s cutting-edge PC components demand. Recognized for its highest level of performance, Toughpower power supply carries either Nvidia SLI Ready or AMD/ATI CrossFire certification that fully supports Nvidia 2-way and 3-way SLI configuration as well as AMD/ATI 2-way, 3-way and 4-way CrossFire configuration.

Moving on let’s see what we can expect when a user purchases the Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W at retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.