Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Platinum 1200W Review

We have used Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 watt power supplies for many years here on our test benches at HardOCP. Those have been extremely reliable units. How does its brand new Grand Platinum 1200W stand up to our testing in today's market? The high end power PSU market is much more competitive than it used to be.

Introduction

Today, Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program with a more flagship oriented product than we last saw from it. 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 Toughpower Grand Platinum 1200W (TPG-1200F-P or PS-TPG-1200FPCPUS-P), as it seems to be listed at retail is produced in conjunction with Enhance.

Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd. was founded almost 30 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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Avant-garde or More of the Same?

The Thermaltake TPG-1200F-P is the 14th power supply we have seen from Thermaltake, the fourth 1200W model, and the latest in the litany of variations of the Toughpower line. Each of these previous 1200W Toughpower models we have seen have been high-end products with very few details separating each of the various iterations. Indeed, as it stands today, Thermaltake also has three 1200W products on the market which makes differentiating these products somewhat more difficult. However, given our long history with products similar to this from Thermaltake we have a rough idea of what we would expect from Thermaltake's newest 1200W unit. That said, we have also seen a number of similar 1200W products from other vendors so this unit will not just have to compete with the current crop of 1200W units from Thermaltake but also a rather full field of options. Before moving on to see how today's TPG-1200F-P performs, let's see what Thermaltake has to say about this unit and how it is supposed to separate itself from so many other products:

From Thermaltake’s new "Toughpower" line of high-end PC power supply units, the Toughpower Grand Platinum launched with a practical, fully modular design. It’s also powerful at 650-1200W. Its sleek look with a classy black finish makes a bold statement. Being 80 PLUS Platinum certified, users not only get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU, but also a smaller electricity bill. The Toughpower Grand models are suited for gaming and PC enthusiasts, powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU configurations.

With that out of the way, let's move on and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Thermaltake TPG-1200F-P power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.