Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W (TPG-1200F) Review

Thermaltake is back with a new 1200 watt fully modular PSU. We have used Thermaltake power supplies on our test bench literally for years with excellent results. However the Toughpower line has not always been the best value out there, but today we see a 1200 watt PSU with revised pricing.

Introduction

Today, Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program with a more value oriented product than we last saw from them. 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 and it is the Toughpower Grand Gold Fully Modular 1200W (TPG-1200F or various listed as the TPG-1200AH3FSG). This unit we are looking at today is produced in conjunction with Sirfa.

Sirfa Electronics Co., Ltd. is a name that is not that familiar to most users but Sirfa has been around since 1996 when Sirtec established Sirfa as a factory in the Sirtec group on mainland China. In June 2008, Sirtec sold off its interest in Sirfa making the company independent of the Sirtec brand but still in business with High Power. As such, while we have not seen any Sirfa produced power supplies under the Sirfa brand, some of the Sirtec units of the past were produced at the Sirfa facility. Additionally, we have seen Sirfa providing OEM services for Thermaltake, Enermax, PC Power & Cooling, Tuniq, Lepa, SilverStone, and others with very mixed results.

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Another Day, Another 1200W Toughpower

The Thermaltake TPG-1200F costs around $210 according to PC Hound and is the fifth 1200W model power supply we have seen from Thermaltake in its Toughpower line. Given the frequency of said products in our reviews, you might well be confused about whether or not Thermaltake sells any products other than 1200W units and that would be understandable! Each of these previous 1200W Toughpower models we have seen have been high-end products (which is not exactly surprising given they are 1200W units) and separating each of the various iterations is difficult for many reasons. Looking at things today, Thermaltake has four 1200W products on the market and we have seen two of those products (TPG-1200F-P and TPD-1200M). Given that recent history, and our long history with products similar to this from Thermaltake, we have a rough idea of what we expect from this 1200W unit. However, expectations and reality are not always the same thing. So, before moving on to see how today's TPG-1200F performs, let's see what Thermaltake has to say about this unit and how it is supposed to separate it self from so many other products:

Thermaltake new high wattage (1050W/1200W) "Toughpower" line of the high-end PC power supply unit, the Toughpower Grand Series is launched with fully modular design. Its grandiose look with a classy black finish makes a clear statement through sheer appearance. Being 80 PLUS Gold certified, users not only get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU, but also an electricity bill with reduced cost. The Toughpower Grand 1050W/1200W models are ideally suited for high-end gaming and enthusiast PCs powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU setup.

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 power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.