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Thermaltake Grand RGB 1200W Platinum PSU Review

When you start getting into high power PSUs, there are simply not a lot of brands you should trust expensive hardware to. Thermaltake is one of the oldest high power PSU sellers. Do the Frag Harder Disco Lights help it out when we put it on the load tester? No. Does TT still have the PSU chops to hang at 1.2 kilowatts? Yes, it surely does.

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 OEMs like CWT and Enhance. Today, we are looking at a new product that is part of the Toughpower Grand series of power supplies from Thermaltake, the Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum (TPG-1200AH3FCP, PS-TPG-1200F1FAPx-1, or TPG-1200F1FAP).

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, Thermaltake, 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.

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Does It Have The Go To Match The Light Show?

In previous reviews, we have pointed out that we have seen a huge number of 1200W products from Thermaltake over the years. So, it is probably not that surprising that, today, Thermaltake is back with another 1200W unit. Over the years, power needs have fluctuated a good bit. At various times 1200W units were overkill and other times 1200W units have been reasonable for certain enthusiast systems. These days, power consumption for most components is below historic highs. However, how components are being utilized has changed and the market for large capacity power supplies, such as this, has exploded once more with the rise of mining of various Cryptocurrencies. So, while people in the past may have been somewhat skeptical of large capacity units like this one, there is a very definite market for them today. Now, today's Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum is the first product we have seen from this product line and we are certainly looking forward to what it can do given this renewed, actual, need for high capacity units. Before moving on though, let's see what Thermaltake has to say about this unit, its product placement, and its advertised features:

Thermaltake, as the pioneer who incorporates RGB lights into PSU, introduces the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Series, coming with a pre-installed, patented 256 colors Riing 14 RGB fan with 5 lighting modes (RGB Cycle Mode, Solid Red, Solid Green, Solid Blue, and Solid White), LEDs Off and a built-in memory function.

Featuring capacities ranging from 850W to 1200W and 80 PLUS Platinum certification, Toughpower Grand RGB Series adopts the highest quality components and fully modular design that always accommodate any mainstream build under any circumstances.

With that said, let's take a look at what we get when we purchase the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.