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Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU

It occasionally happens that we get to realize our dreams be they big or small. As a computer enthusiast and an avid gamer, my dreams are often centered around that next piece of equipment. Though sometimes it’s just a wee gadget or a mere trinket that I wish to add to my treasure chest, sometimes it’s something big. Lately, I’ve been dreaming big – livin’ large, so to speak, in the backwaters of my mind. I’ve been dreaming of a monster rig, a monster gaming rig. And my dream is about to be realized.

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INTRODUCTION

It occasionally happens that we get to realize our dreams be they big or small. As a computer enthusiast and an avid gamer, my dreams are often centered around that next piece of equipment. Though sometimes it’s just a wee gadget or a mere trinket that I wish to add to my treasure chest, sometimes it’s something big. Lately, I’ve been dreaming big – livin’ large, so to speak, in the backwaters of my mind. I’ve been dreaming of a monster rig, a monster gaming rig. And my dream is about to be realized.

 
My first PC’s video card was a 1MB card from Trident. With 4MB of ram and a 386/DX33 processor, I was able to play Doom to my heart’s content in all its 2D glory. PC’s were actually pretty quiet back then as the only sound coming from my box other than my shotgun blasts was the sound of the teeny tiny fan in my 150W power supply. Things sure have changed over the years.
 
We now have 3D graphics with SLI and Crossfire technology and today’s high-end gaming systems can require that much power for a single video card alone and sometimes more. The GeForce 8800 GTX video card with 768MB of ram that I want in my monster gaming rig requires 175 watts and nVidia recommends at least a 450W power supply unit. And that’s just for one card. But remember, I’m dreaming big here. I want two of those cards in my rig. I want SLI baby!
 
nVidia’s SLIzone recommends at least a 750W PSU for that. However, minimal recommendations are not always the best route to follow. What might be adequate today may be woefully inadequate tomorrow. So, with that in mind, I’m looking towards the future. And the future is big. The Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W power supply up for review is about as big and as powerful as they come and may well last quite a ways into the future.
 
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU 3/4 view
 

Thermaltake: Company Overview

 
Before we get started, let’s take a look at Thermaltake and what they have to say about themselves. The following mission statement was taken directly from the Thermaltake web site:
 
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.
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 producs design and reliable manufacturing process; a task that has made what Thermaltake is now and future.

 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Features

nVidia SLI Certified ATX 12V Power Supply

• Stable 1200W continuous output (at 50°C operating environment)
• Four independent & dedicated +12V rails (12V1,12V2,12V3,12V4) provides superior performance for PC system.
• NEW! Three 8pin and three 6pin PCI-E connectors design supports Multi-GPU Graphic card.
• Supports Dual Core CPU / Quad Core CPU / Nvidia SLI & Quad SLI and all Multi-Core GPU technologies.
• Modularized Cable Management to eliminate clutter and improve airflow inside the case.
• Independent Voltage Circuit: offers unflappable current delivery under heavy load.
• Strict voltage regulation (±3%): provides steady voltage for system.
• Active Power Factor Correction (PF>0.99) and high efficiency (up to 87%).
• Industrial grade components (capacitor, transformer, etc)
• High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours.
• Quiet and reliable 14cm ball-bearing fan.
• Noise Preventive Silicon Pad – Effectively reduces vibration noise by as much as 80%.
• Protections: Over Current, Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Temperature, Over Power, and Short-Circuit protection.
• Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified.

Total Output Connectors

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

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Back of Box

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Modular Connections


Specifications

  
Model
W0133RU
Power
1200W
Dimension
200mm(L)x160mm(W)x86mm(H)
Switches
ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch
PFC
Active PFC (PF > 0.9)
Cooling System
140mm Fan, 2300RPM ± 10%
Noise
16 dBA at 1300 RPM
P. G. Signal
100-500 ms
Efficiency
up to 87%
Hold-up Time
16ms
 
INPUT
Input Voltage
115 VAC ~ 230 VAC
Input Frequency Range
47 ~ 63 Hz
MTBF
120,000 hrs minimum (at 25 )
Input Current
15A
 
OUTPUT
Voltage
+12V1
+12V4
+3.3V
+12V2
+12V3
+5V
-12V
+5Vsb
Max/Min
20A/1A
36A/1A
30A/0.5A
20A/1A
36A/1A
30A/0.5A
0.8A/0A
3.5A/0A
Regulation *1
+3,-3%
+3,-3%
+3,-3%
+3,-3%
+3,-3%
+3,-3%
+10,-10%
+3,-5%
Ripple & Noise
*2
120mV
120mV
50mV
120mV
120mV
50mV
120mV
50mV
Max Output
600W
600W
9.6W
17.5W
Total Power
1200W

*1. +5Vsb operate at 3.5A max load base on PS-ON mode. If PS-OFF +5Vsb only operate
      at 3A max load.
*2. Add 0.1uF and 47uF capacitors across output terminal during ripple & noise test.
 
ENVIRONMENT
Operating Temp.
10°C to 50°C
Storage Temp.
-20 °C to 70°C
Operating Humidity
20% to 90%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity
5% to 95%, non-condensing
 
PROTECTION
 
DC rail
Trigger Point/Range
Over Voltage Protection
+3.3V trip point
4.5 Vmax
+5.0V trip point
7.0 Vmax
+12.0V trip point
15.6 Vmax
Over Current Protection
+3.3V
33A ~ 50A
+5.0V
33A ~ 50A
+12V1 & +12V2
22A ~ 35A
+12V3 & +12V4
39A ~ 55A
Under Voltage Protection
+3.3V trip point
2.0 Vmin
+5.0V trip point
3.3 Vmin
+12.0V trip point
8.5 Vmin
Short Protection
All output to GND
 

 Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Top Sticker

 

 

PACKAGING & CONTENTS

The Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W power supply comes packed in styrofoam inside a pretty tough cardboard box. Though not exactly gorrila-proof, it’s pretty well protected. I had the added advantage of having mine shipped to me inside of another cardboard box with lots of brown paper in there to keep it from shifting around. I wouldn’t advise having this shipped without that extra protection.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Front of Box

Upon opening the Thermaltake box I was pleasantly surprised to find the manual up front and center so I didn’t have to go digging for it. I always read the manual first no matter how mundane it may seem and that habit alone has saved my keister on more than one occasion.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Box Top Open

Though encased in styrofoam, the PSU itself is further protected by bubble wrap. I really wouldn’t expect anything less and I’m glad that I wasn’t disappointed. I’m also glad that Thermaltake advised me not to eat the silicon gel. You don’t know how many times I’ve been tempted to do just that.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Box Top Open Bubblewrap

The unit itself sports a 14cm fan that’s rated at 16 dBA at 1300 RPM and there are three cables directly attached to the PSU that are not part of the Modularized Cable Management system. These cables include the 20+4-pin Main connector, the 4+4 pin power connector, and the 8-pin power connector.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Main Connectors

Besides the PSU itself, there are cables galore included in the box. As mentioned earlier, and as part of Thermaltake’s Modularized Cable Management system, there are (3) 6-pin PCI-E connectors, (3) 8-pin PCI-E connectors, (3) 8-pin to 6-pin PCI-E adaptors, (8) 5-pin S-ATA connectors, (8) 4-pin Peripheral connectors (Molex with EZ-Grip), and (2) Floppy connectors.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Modular Cables

Also included in the box are a set of screws, a beefy power cord, and a Noise Preventive Silicon Pad which Thermaltake claims “Effectively reduces vibration noise by as much as 80%.”

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU Embedded Sockets

 

 

 

TESTING

Initial testing was performed on the workbench using an Extech MN36 Digital Mini MultiMeters and a Rexus PST-3 Digital Power Supply Tester with LCD. The latter is designed with an LCD readout to show your ATX power voltage. It’s a simple tester for switching power supplies and it makes it easy to test the power supply output. It can check both 20-pin and 24-pin power supplies. It can also check 5-pin S-ATA connectors, 4-pin Peripheral connectors (Molex), and floppy connectors. But what I like about it the most is that it negates the need for my having to bend a paper clip and and jump pins 13 & 14 on the main connector to make the PSU turn on. It’s pretty sweet just for doing that alone. I’m definately a wimp when it comes to electrical current coursing through my body.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU with Power Supply Tester & Multimeter

Though the test platform listed below is not my dream machine, once upon a time it was. But that a year ago and with time, dreams do change. Parts for my new dream machine are either enroute or sitting on my desk collecting dust. The keepers of the dust so far are four 320GB Seagate Barracuda ES hard drives, an XFX 680i motherboard, 2 GB of OCZ PC8500 DDR2 ram, a couple of optical drives and a floppy, and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 processor. The watercooled case that I have on order is making its way to Orlando, Florida from Washington State via wagon train and my XFX 8800 GTX video card is probably wondering what 3D graphic delights await for it upon its arrival.

Testing Platform
Processor AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego (2.4GHz & 2.8GHz)
Motherboard Asus A8N-SLI Premium
Memory 2GB G.SKILL SDRAM DDR 400 F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX
Video card XFX PV-T71F-YDL9 Geforce 7900GTX 512MB
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
CPU Cooling asetek Waterchill Xternal
Power supply PC Power and Cooling TURBO-COOL® 510 SLI
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W
Case

 Super Flower TT201BW

Operating System  Windows XP SP2

The Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU is quite a bit larger than my current PSU (a PC Power and Cooling TURBO-COOL® 510 SLI), though not overbearingly so. At 200mm (7.87 inches), it would definitely fit in my Super Flower TT201BW case if I were to take out the 80mm fan that I use on the blowhole. But with a new monster watercooled case on the way, I was hesitant to disassemble my current PC. Before we move on to the results, I would like to say that this PSU is one of the quietest PSU’s I have ever heard thanks to its low rpm 14cm fan.

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU with Testers and Case

TEST RESULTS

 

Testing was done at both idle and with a load. Testing was also performed at a stock clock of 2.4GHz and an overclock of 2.8GHz.

 

Idle Results - Measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity with no applications running and no open windows. None of the programs that I normally have running in systray were disabled as I wanted this to be a real world test.

 

Load Results – Measured while running four 120mm fans on my asetek Waterchill Xternal at 100%, a music CD, Prime95, 3DMark2006, and folding.

 

 

Results(V) Measured with Extech MN36 Multimeter
@Stock Clock of 2.4GHz

Power Supply PC Power and Cooling
TURBO-COOL® 510 SLI
Thermaltake Toughpower
W0133RU 1200W
Idle Load Idle Load
3.3v 3.354 3.345 3.329 3.322
5v 5.10 5.12 5.06 5.02
12v1 12.12 12.12 12.06 12.00
12v2 - - 12.14 12.12
12v3 - - 12.14 12.12
12v4 - - 12.06 12.04
Wattage Used 160 w 260 w 142 w 230 w

Results(V) Measured with Extech MN36 Multimeter
@Overvlock of 2.8GHz
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling
TURBO-COOL® 510 SLI
Thermaltake Toughpower
W0133RU 1200W
Idle Load Idle Load
3.3v 3.350 3.352 3.310 3.321
5v 5.10 5.12 5.03 5.02
12v1 12.12 12.14 12.02 12.00
12v2 - - 12.12 12.10
12v3 - - 12.12 12.10
12v4 - - 12.04 12.02
Wattage Used 169 w 302 w 151 w 269 w

 

Before all this testing started, I was fairly confident that my purchase last year of the PC Power and Cooling TURBO-COOL® 510 SLI PSU was a wise decision. Still, it’s nice to see it black & white. For what it is, it’s pretty darn good. While it won’t power the two nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX video cards SLI that I want in my monster gaming rig, it’s as stable a PSU as I could ask for. Perhaps after this test though I should be more demanding because what’s really nice to see are the numbers produced by the Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU. They are quite outstanding. Not only do the numbers show that this is one extremely stable PSU, it’s energy efficient as well.

 

As the tests results indicate, I used far less energy with the Thermaltake than I did with the PC Power and Cooling performing the exact same tasks. Wattage was measured using the P3 Kill A Watt Electricity Load Meter and Monitor. It’s a pretty nifty device in its own right even though I haven’t felt the need to check all of my household appliances with it.

CONCLUSION

The Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU performed magnificently in all tests. Voltages for for the 3.3v, 5v, and 12v lines were almost spot-on, never reaching 2% of the 3% variance that Thermaltake allows for. This truly is quite remarkable. With 1200 watts of rock solid stable power, this unit will have enough juice and then some for the most demanding of users for some time to come. It may not be bulletproof but it sure as heck may be bulletresistant. The Toughpower name was aptly chosen for this power supply as it is darned near invincible. Thermaltake warranties it for a full five years and it is definitely worth the money. The Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W would be a welcomed addition for anyone with a need for a high-end power supply, be it for mulitple video cards or a quad CPU or both. You just can’t go wrong with the Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W power supply unit.

FINAL THOUGHTS

My only regret in testing this PSU is that I didn’t have my dream machine ready for testing. I have no doubts whatsoever though that this power supply will fare very well in my new monster gaming rig. I also have no doubts that this unit will be laughing wholeheartedly at me no matter what I throw at, now, or in the future.

Pros:

+  1200 watts of rock solid stable power
+  Four independent & dedicated +12V rails
+  Active PFC
+  High efficiency rating (up to 87%)
+  Quad SLI/GPU ready
+  Dual Core/Quad Core CPU ready
+  Modularized Cable Management
+  Next Generation 8-pin PCI-E connectors
+  All cables fully sleeved
+  Quiet operation

Cons:

-  200mm might be too long for some mid-tower cases
-  The price may be too steep for some pocketbooks

 

Final Score: 9.5 out of 10 and the Bjorn3D Golden Bear award.

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