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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Platinum Power Supply Review

The Toughpower Grand RGB 850W achieves high performance and has lots of RGB lighting modes, to choose from.

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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% – 200ms


Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms


Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 200ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms


The transient response at +12V is tight, and this is what matters the most in contemporary systems. We are also fully satisfied by the performance of the 5V and 5VSB rails, while the 3.3V rail might not have high deviations. Still, its voltage drops below 3.2V and in one test it fails to keep it above 3.14V. 

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.

Almost flawless performance here. We only notice a minor spike at 5VSB. 

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.

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

The PWR_OK delay is out of the 100-150ms region, so the PSU does not support the alternative sleep mode, which will be a requirement by the ATX v2.52 from 2020.

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).

10% Load9.7 mV6.8 mV25.8 mV9.3 mVPass
20% Load9.7 mV4.9 mV13.1 mV8.7 mVPass
30% Load9.4 mV4.1 mV12.1 mV8.5 mVPass
40% Load11.1 mV5.0 mV12.1 mV8.9 mVPass
50% Load14.7 mV5.6 mV14.0 mV9.5 mVPass
60% Load16.6 mV5.8 mV14.8 mV9.9 mVPass
70% Load15.8 mV5.8 mV15.3 mV8.8 mVPass
80% Load17.7 mV6.4 mV16.6 mV9.4 mVPass
90% Load18.4 mV7.0 mV16.6 mV9.3 mVPass
100% Load25.4 mV7.5 mV18.8 mV11.0 mVPass
110% Load26.5 mV7.3 mV20.1 mV11.2 mVPass
Crossload 111.4 mV5.4 mV18.6 mV9.7 mVPass
Crossload 224.7 mV6.8 mV15.6 mV10.8 mVPass

The ripple suppression is good on all rails. 

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110% Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & 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 close-by devices.

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

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Aris Mpitziopoulos
Contributing Editor

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