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What’s In The Box?

Before we start torture testing the Toughpower 1000W power supply, we should probably check out what else is included in the package.

Not only does Thermaltake include what one would expect with a modular power supply, they also include a couple nice extras. For connectors, Thermaltake does live up to their claims of including every connector you could need with the Toughpower 1000W. Here’s the full list of connections available:

  • 20+4-pin Main Connector X 1
  • 4+4 pin power connector X 1
  • 8-pin power connector X 1
  • 4-pin Peripheral Connector X 8
  • Floppy Connector X 2
  • 5-pin S-ATA Connector X 8
  • 8-pin PCI-E Connector X 3
  • 6-pin PCI-E Connector X 3

I don’t think I need to state the obvious, but that is a lot of stuff in the box. As for the aforementioned extras, Thermaltake includes a silicone gasket that goes between the power supply and the case, and is meant to dampen any vibration noise that may be transmitted from the power supply to the case. Anyhow, let’s get a better look at this power supply and then see how it performs.

Visual Inspection

Like many 1000W power supplies, the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W unit is very large. Front to back it measures a whopping 20 cm, which is something you’ll want to take into consideration when building a system. The reason for this length is the large amount of internal electronics required to generate 1000W of power, as well as the circuitry to drive it to separate rails and manage the output.

From the front you are able to get a glance of some of the large components used to construct the Toughpower 1000W. We had to settle for this, as the Toughpower 1000W is very difficult to take apart. Thermaltake did send us some pictures of the interior, which really demonstrates how all that extra stuff inside lends to both the depth and weight of the unit. The Toughpower 1000W actually consists of two smaller 500W supplies combined together, and cooled by many huge heatsinks. You’ll notice that a fan is absent from the front of the power supply.

The reason for this missing fan is because the large 140mm fan on the bottom of the Toughpower 1000W is plenty of cooling. This fan covers and cools pretty much every component within the Toughpower. Since it’s the only fan and is an intake, it creates an overpressure environment which then exhausts out the front. The use of a 140mm fan is also beneficial to one’s ears, and the larger fans tend to be quieter while still pushing a significant amount of air.

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