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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.

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.

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The packaging of today's Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum keeps with the recent style that we have seen from most Thermaltake units. The coloring differs a bit once more, but that is of no real consequence and does a bit to separate each unit. As with those other recent units, we see a picture of the included unit and a list of features on the front of the packaging. Among the listed features we see such things as "Patented RGB 256 Colors PSU Fan," "Smart Zero Fan," Low ripple Noise," " Fully Modular Flat Cables," "100% Japanese Capacitors," and "10 Year Warranty." Once more, the 10 year warranty we find listed here is a very generous warranty length and it is longer than what we have seen most of the time in the past (though it is becoming more common). Moving past those items, we find an 80 Plus Platinum seal. A quick check of the 80 Plus website does indeed find the unit listed and how it actually compares to that criteria we will see a bit later on today. When we move to the rear of the packaging, we find some useful information here such as the power table (reproduced below) and the connector count (reproduced below). We also find some graphs/figures to go along with some of the advertising we saw on the front such as the "Low Ripple Noise" and "Smart Zero Fan." Around the sides of the packaging, we find some advertising points that pertain to the RGB fan again and that is about it.

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The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum power information is very much like what we have seen from other modern 1200W units from Thermaltake. The Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum has a single advertised 12v rail with a capacity of 100A or ~100% of the unit’s total possible capacity if necessary. The minor rails have an individual capacity of 25A on each of the 3.3v and 5v rail and a combined capacity of 130W. These minor rail values are actually a bit more robust than what we have been seeing on many comparable units including the slightly higher end and larger capacity Toughpower iRGB Plus 1250W that we recently reviewed. Paired with this power distribution we find eight PCIe connectors, twelve SATA connectors, and eight Molex connectors. Overall, this unit is generally well appointed for most users. In fact, for most users, the PCIe connector count is sort of excessive as multi-GPU gaming seems to be on the downswing (currently). However, for users involved in cryptomining type applications the PCIe connector count may be useful.

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Once we open the Toughpower Grand RGB 1200W Platinum, we find the power supply, modular cables in a pouch, mounting screws, the power cord, a product warranty policy, some zip-ties, and the user manual. The user manual is similar to what we have been seeing from Thermaltake of late in that it is one piece of paper folded like an accordion and then folded in half. On this sheet we find the connector counts, power labels, installation instructions, some electrical specifications, and a few troubleshooting steps repeated in 12 languages. As before when we have seen this layout, the manual isn't as bad as we have seen from some other products recently but it also is not great either. So, let's move on now and look at the unit itself.