Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1350W ATX v3.0 Power Supply Review

The Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1350W is a high-performance power supply.

Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1350W ATX v3.0
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Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details about our transient response testing, please click here.

In the real world, power supplies are always working with loads that change. It's of immense importance, then, for the PSU to keep its rails within the ATX specification's defined ranges. The smaller the deviations, the more stable your PC will be with less stress applied to its components. 

We should note that the ATX spec requires capacitive loading during the transient rests, but in our methodology, we also choose to apply a worst case scenario with no additional capacitance on the rails. 

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 10ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 10ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

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Transient response is satisfactory at 12V, but we would like a lower than 1% deviation on this rail. The minor rails, 5V and 3.3V, have a mediocre transient response. 

ATX 3.0 Transient Response Tests

The following table shows the load that we applied. 

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Duty CycleTime for Power Excursion (Te)Time Constant (Tc)Power @ TePower @ Tc

The PSU successfully passed all ATX 3.0 transient response tests for units equipped with 12VHPWR connectors. However, we would like to see a lower voltage drop at 12V in the 200% load test. 

Turn-On Transient Tests

In the next set of tests, we measure the PSU's response in simpler transient load scenarios—during its power-on phase. Ideally, we don't want to see any voltage overshoots or spikes since those put a lot of stress on the DC-DC converters of installed components.

The turn-on transient response is satisfactory. 

Power Supply Timing Tests

There are several signals generated by the power supply, which need to be within specified, by the ATX spec, ranges. If they are not, there can be compatibility issues with other system parts, especially mainboards. 

From year 2020, the PSU's Power-on time (T1) has to be lower than 150ms and the PWR_OK delay (T3) from 100 to 150ms, to be compatible with the Alternative Sleep Mode.

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PSU Timings Table
T1 (Power-on time) & T3 (PWR_OK delay)

The PWR_OK delay is within the 100-150ms region, so the PSU supports the alternative sleep mode recommended by the ATX spec.

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represents the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' lifespan because it causes them to run hotter. A 10-degree Celsius increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50%. Ripple also plays an important role in overall system stability, especially when overclocking is involved.

The ripple limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

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10% Load7.9 mV4.4 mV6.1 mV7.7 mVPass
20% Load11.1 mV5.1 mV5.8 mV7.8 mVPass
30% Load13.0 mV5.2 mV6.5 mV8.2 mVPass
40% Load13.7 mV5.9 mV6.7 mV8.0 mVPass
50% Load11.6 mV6.6 mV7.3 mV8.5 mVPass
60% Load11.9 mV6.8 mV7.2 mV8.2 mVPass
70% Load12.9 mV7.0 mV7.8 mV8.4 mVPass
80% Load12.3 mV8.0 mV14.9 mV8.9 mVPass
90% Load12.3 mV9.1 mV15.0 mV8.8 mVPass
100% Load17.5 mV10.8 mV17.7 mV10.7 mVPass
110% Load18.5 mV11.4 mV17.4 mV11.7 mVPass
Crossload 111.4 mV9.1 mV16.6 mV8.3 mVPass
Crossload 27.5 mV8.4 mV6.6 mV7.8 mVPass
Crossload 38.2 mV7.6 mV18.5 mV7.4 mVPass
Crossload 417.1 mV9.2 mV9.6 mV8.8 mVPass

Ripple suppression is excellent! 

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110% Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 4

EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & Quasi-Peak EMI Detector Results

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of a device to operate properly in its environment without disrupting the proper operation of other nearby devices.

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other nearby devices if too high. For example, it can cause increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.

΅We use TekBox's EMCview to conduct our EMC pre-compliance testing.

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The conducted EMI emissions are low. 

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Contributing Editor

Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.