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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 03 July 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Toughpower 1200W
Cables and Connectors
Testing Ripple and Regulation
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Thermaltake W0113RU PSU

It's difficult to justify the need for a 1200W power supply unit, since every appliance in my entire house would need to be combined just to consume this much electricity. However, if you are trying to build a better Death Star, or just simply trying to play Star Wars on your super-computer, the future of high-output PSU's is here. Channel Well Technology designed the Toughpower W0133RU 1200W power supply for Thermaltake, and it provides enough juice to sustain a small village, but Benchmark Reviews will test voltage regulation and power ripple before we give our praise.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU

Like everything else that's happening in the computer hardware industry these days, power supply units have been caught in a trend. Benchmark Reviews has seen some major changes within the power supply industry over the past year. Even in such a limited purpose industry, somehow fads manage to come into existence. At one point, the number of rails a PSU offered was key to media hype. At another point, you could see everyone pushing for the highest watts in their new product. I can't forget how modular power supplies, with the assortment of cables and interfaces, also shared some time in the limelight. The latest trend seemed to be 80-Plus efficiency, but now that most PSU's operate at this efficient level the 80-Plus label has lost meaning. And then without any warning, it was as if every company manufacturing power supply units suddenly decided that they could win the battle for industry dominance by combining all of the above features, and add a nice paint job or mirror finish for good measure.

Welcome the Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular power supply unit. Let's go through the marketing hype checklist:

  • Modular cables? Check. Too many to miss actually.
  • 80-Plus efficiency? Check. Everything seems to be these days.
  • Multiple power rails? Check. Four total 12V rails to keep you running.
  • Large cooling fan? Check. Good, maybe it will be silent too.
  • Outrageous output? Check. 1200W is more than twice the average need.
  • Attractive finish? Check. Not too shiny, and not too dull.
  • LED lights? Chec... wait a minute, it looks like someone missed a hype checkpoint.
Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Modular PSU

It has been said before in our reviews: the power supply unit is the single most important part of any computer. Regardless of the system or purpose there is a given rule: whether it is a simple workstation with integrated components or an advanced gaming system with newest technology available, everything requires power to operate. As anyone who has suffered the failure of a low-end power supply will tell you, not all power supply units (PSU's) are created equal, and looks often don't mean a thing.

About the company: Thermaltake

Founded in 1999, Thermaltake Technology is the world leader in the supply of thermal management cooling solutions, high-end power supply and chassis for desktop PC and industrial application systems. Building on the strength of its people, products and extensive expertise in Thermal Management, Thermaltake raised the level of excellence on its Award Winning Purepower branded power supply as well as Xaser line of chassis. While mission-critical applications for Enterprises and ultimate video gaming experiences available for gaming enthusiasts all rely on today's cutting-edge PCs to deliver, high-end PC makers relies on Thermaltake to provide the most reliable power supply, the most thermally efficient chassis and cooling solutions.

Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd. started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for "overclockers" or PC enthusiasts. With the company's initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.Thermaltake Logo

With company's core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis's atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unit which provided users full control over computer's thermal management system.

As a leader in Thermal Management, Thermaltake is the trusted supplier to many computer manufacturers providing Intel Validated and AMD Approved CPU coolers for today's high frequency and mainstream CPUs. At the pace of current technological advancement in multimedia application and multi-core processor, Thermal Management will become an evermore challenging task requiring innovative product design and reliable manufacturing process; a task that has made what Thermaltake is now and future.

In the year 2002, Thermaltake announced Purepower line of power supply unit for the ever-growing power-hungry PCs. Purepower series PSU quickly gained recognition with its extensive warranty and high-reliability guaranty. Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake 's company motto, " COOLall YOUR LIFE "!



 

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