Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Why anyone would actually want (let alone need) a 1,500W power supply is a very good question, but if you are in the market for a very high output PSU, the Toughpower 1,500W deserves consideration.  The Toughpower 1,500W PSU exhibited very good voltage regulation along with good efficiency.  Active PFC, modular sleeved cables, and a 5-year warranty are all nice-to-have features.  On the down side the unit gets quite warm, the fan noise is loud and the AC ripple approaches maximum allowable values at high loads.

The Toughpower 1,500W PSU has four +12V outputs, two of which are high-capacity (+12v3 and +12V4) rated for up to 40A each.  This can eliminate potential problems with overloading specific +12V outputs when using various combinations of power hungry hardware, especially some of the newest video cards.

At the end of the day (testing) I came away feeling this platform is being pushed pretty hard to obtain 1,500W status.  While it’s hard to imagine anyone actually loading a PC power supply to 1,500W, the Toughpower 1,500W PSU did deliver.  And Thermaltake has recently come out with another 1,500W power supply (W0218) that incorporates more high quality capacitors and a Green power design. 

As we said before, the Toughpower 1,500W power supply is a 230V Edition power supply, which is available to European customers (£180) but is not typically sold in North America.

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Strengths:
•    Very solid, stable voltages
•    Up to 1,500W maximum output at up to 50°C
•    High capacity +12V outputs (40A each for +12V3 and +12V4)
•    ATX 12V 2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 compliant
•    Supports multiple PCI-E devices (4) 6-pin and (4) 8-pin connectors
•    Good efficiency along with Active PFC
•    Modular, sleeved cables
•    Backed by a 5-year warranty

Weaknesses:
•    Runs quite warm and can get noisy at high loads
•    DC output quality (AC ripple) suffers under high loads

I would like to thank our friends at Thermaltake for sending us this new power supply to review – thank you!  Be sure to use our price checking engine to find the best prices on the Thermaltake Toughpower 1,500W power supply, and anything else you may want to buy!

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