If you’re one of those hardcore gaming enthusiasts with a high-end graphics card, such as a Geforce RTX 3080 or a Radeon RX 6800 XT (or higher), then you know how power hungry these VGA cards can get. On average, they can consume anywhere between 250W to 330W or even higher. So with that said, you’ll need a power supply that’s big enough to power those high-end graphic cards, and the minimum recommended power supply would be around 850W or higher. We recommend 1000W to be on the safe side.
Today, we will be taking a quick look at the Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER PF1 ARGB 1050W PSU. This power supply is fully modular and rated 80 Plus Platinum. It comes with 100% Japanese capacitors and offers Low Ripple Noise. It also features a massive +12V single rail at 83.33A, and comes with Smart Zero Fan, flat modular cables, and massive 10 year warranty.
What I like about this power supply is that it supports all the major RGB eco-systems out there, including Asus AURA Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASRock Polychrome Sync and of course Thermaltake’s own TT RGB PLUS. It comes with a Riing Duo 14 RGB fan with 18 LEDs preinstalled, offering up to 16.8 million colors.
Spec-wise, this power supply is a quite a beast, and should be able to handle anything you throw at it, including power hungry components such as high-end graphics cards, and even overclockers who want to want to push their CPUs to the max. For those who don’t know … overclocking your CPU typically increases the TDP from 125W to a whopping 240-250W (Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake / 12th Gen Alder Lake).
We’ll be installing the Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER PF1 ARGB 1050W power supply on to our test rig, which is comprised of an Intel Core i9-12900KF, an ASRock Z690 Tachi motherboard, 32GB of Adata XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 ram, Adata Legend 840 1TB SSD, and a Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card.
Unfortunately, due to chip shortage/scalpers/overpricing I was not able to test the PSU with a high-end, power hungry graphics card such as a GeForce RXT 30-series or Radeon RX 68xx XT. So the results shown may not reflect the full power consumption of the system. Yes, I’m stuck with a Radeon RX 6500 XT … *sigh*
I would like to thank Thermaltake Premium for providing the review sample. This is what Thermaltake Premium has to say about themselves on their website:
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OK let’s not waste any more time and start with the features and specs of the Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 1050W Power Supply. You can buy the Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 1050W Power Supply for around USD $349 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3LSq5NA
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