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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Gold Power Supply Review

Thermaltake has traditionally shined when it comes to computer power supplies in excess of 1000 watts. But in the past these power supplies have often been very costly. Today we cover Thermaltake's new 1200 watt power supply that is currently selling for $139 after $30 MIR. Is it worth your hard earned dollars?

Introduction

Today, Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program. 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 of lower quality but over the years they have taken their power supply business in a new, and quite frankly better, direction as they paired with higher quality OEM's like CWT and Enhance. Today, we are looking at a new product that is part of the Toughpower Series of power supplies from Thermaltake. The unit we are looking at today (TP-1200AH5CEG but also variously listed as TPD-1200M, PS-TPD-1200MPCG, and in the US PS-TPD-1200MPCGUS-1) is produced in conjunction with Enhance.

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 Thermaltake, as well as the occasional Enhance branded model.

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A Toughpower Reborn?

The Thermaltake TPD-1200M is the 13th power supply we have seen from Thermaltake and the third 1200W model. In this time, we have seen a number of high-end products and a few more mainstream products and even some entry level products from Thermaltake giving us a rather varied look at their offerings. The previous 1200W units, however, have all been the top of the line products in that time period in which they were reviewed. With the TPD-1200M today, this unit is a whopping 1200W and it is a member of the Toughpower series but we can see that this no longer ensures that it is the top of the heap in Thermaltake's lineup. Indeed, this unit appears to be number 3 in Thermaltake's lineup of 1200W Toughpower units. So, before moving on, what does Thermaltake have to say about this unit and how this is supposed to fit in such a crowded field?

Toughpower 1200W Gold

The Thermaltake Toughpower Series is a premium line of PSUs certified to the 80 PLUS Gold standard. Incorporating components of the highest quality, it delivers stable performance and unbeatable efficiency. TPD 1200W Gold, which uses a semi-modular design. An ultra-quiet fan delivers silent cooling and a single strong 12V rail flexibly routes the maximum available power to the CPU, enabling peak performance of the computer system.

While that all sounds wonderful, it really doesn't give us a good feel for how this unit is supposed to fit in among the other 1200W units. So, let's move on and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Thermaltake TPD-1200M power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality so we can try and place this unit in context.