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Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 750W Power Supply Review

A power supply that's worthy of your money, with high performance and low noise output.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 750W
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To learn more about our PSU tests and methodology, please check out How We Test Power Supply Units. 

Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation

The following charts show the main rails' voltage values recorded between a range of 40W up to the PSU's maximum specified load, along with the deviation (in percent). Tight regulation is an important consideration every time we review a power supply because it facilitates constant voltage levels despite varying loads. Tight load regulation also, among other factors, improves the system’s stability, especially under overclocked conditions and, at the same time, it applies less stress to the DC-DC converters that many system components utilize.

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Results 1-8: Load Regulation

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Load regulation is tight on all rails, but 5VSB where it doesn't matter so much. 

Hold-Up Time

Put simply; hold-up time is the amount of time that the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption.

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Results 9-12: Hold-Up Time

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The hold-up time is longer than 17ms and the power ok signal is accurate, so everything is good here. One small detail is that the delay period should be 1ms, at least. 

Inrush Current

Inrush current, or switch-on surge, refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when it is first turned on. A large enough inrush current can cause circuit breakers and fuses to trip. It can also damage switches, relays, and bridge rectifiers. As a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as it is turned on, the better.

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Results 13-14: Inrush Current

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The inrush current is at normal levels with both voltage inputs. 

Leakage Current

In layman's terms, leakage current is the unwanted transfer of energy from one circuit to another. In power supplies, it is the current flowing from the primary side to the ground or the chassis, which in the majority of cases is connected to the ground. For measuring leakage current, we use a GW Instek GPT-9904 electrical safety tester instrument.

The leakage current test is conducted at 110% of the DUT's rated voltage input (so for a 230-240V device, we should conduct the test with 253-264V input). The maximum acceptable limit of a leakage current is 3.5 mA and it is defined by the IEC-60950-1 regulation, ensuring that the current is low and will not harm any person coming in contact with the power supply's chassis.

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Low enough leakage current. 

10-110% Load Tests

These tests reveal the PSU's load regulation and efficiency levels under high ambient temperatures. They also show how the fan speed profile behaves under increased operating temperatures.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
14.419A1.967A1.973A0.982A74.97388.331%0<6.0 44.60°C0.953
12.078V5.085V3.343V5.093V84.877 40.00°C115.13V
29.861A2.951A2.965A1.182A150.05291.314%0<6.0 45.77°C0.974
12.083V5.084V3.339V5.075V164.326 40.75°C115.13V
315.639A3.443A3.461A1.384A225.06492.257%0<6.0 47.37°C0.985
12.086V5.083V3.337V5.059V243.952 41.60°C115.13V
421.410A3.938A3.962A1.587A300.08792.369%559<6.0 41.66°C0.990
12.091V5.081V3.334V5.041V324.880 48.43°C115.13V
526.803A4.925A4.956A1.792A374.75091.857%582<6.0 42.04°C0.993
12.097V5.078V3.330V5.023V407.970 49.55°C115.12V
632.206A5.911A5.954A1.999A449.66991.477%83517.3 42.17°C0.995
12.105V5.077V3.326V5.004V491.565 50.95°C115.12V
737.640A6.898A6.959A2.208A524.99090.945%96622.5 43.49°C0.995
12.111V5.076V3.321V4.985V577.260 52.73°C115.12V
843.097A7.888A7.958A2.418A600.30690.248%105925.6 43.64°C0.996
12.109V5.074V3.319V4.966V665.172 53.49°C115.12V
948.922A8.384A8.445A2.422A674.83889.666%157437.6 44.80°C0.996
12.107V5.072V3.317V4.956V752.612 55.27°C115.11V
1054.716A8.880A8.964A2.530A749.95188.962%180841.3 45.91°C0.997
12.112V5.070V3.314V4.942V843.003 57.19°C115.11V
1160.912A8.880A8.968A2.535A825.17788.178%216846.2 46.64°C0.997
12.115V5.069V3.313V4.933V935.805 58.31°C115.10V
CL10.101A12.004A11.999A0.000A102.07885.683%592 6.5 41.91°C0.967
12.123V5.081V3.322V5.110V119.135 49.52°C115.13V
CL262.022A1.000A1.000A1.000A764.76289.507%1804 41.1 45.55°C0.997
12.114V5.076V3.333V5.018V854.418 57.05°C115.10V

The PSU can deliver full power at high temperatures for prolonged periods, without any problems. We had to overload the power supply, to force its fan spin at full speed.

20-80W Load Tests

In the following tests, we measure the PSU's efficiency at loads significantly lower than 10% of its maximum capacity (the lowest load the 80 PLUS standard measures). This is important for representing when a PC is idle with power-saving features turned on.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])PF/AC Volts
11.231A0.492A0.493A0.195A19.99875.116%0<6.00.716
12.060V5.085V3.346V5.133V26.623115.13V
22.461A0.983A0.985A0.391A39.98983.661%0<6.00.872
12.065V5.085V3.345V5.123V47.799115.13V
33.693A1.475A1.481A0.587A60.02086.965%0<6.00.932
12.068V5.085V3.344V5.112V69.016115.13V
44.918A1.967A1.973A0.784A79.97289.160%0<6.00.963
12.073V5.085V3.343V5.101V89.695115.13V

It has high efficiency and silent operation, under light loads, even at high ambient temperatures. 

2% or 10W Load Test

Intel plans on raising the ante at efficiency levels under ultra-light loads. So from July 2020, the ATX spec requires 70% and higher efficiency with 115V input. The applied load is only 10W for PSUs with 500W and lower capacities, while for stronger units we dial 2% of their max-rated-capacity.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])PF/AC Volts
11.088A0.212A0.211A0.044A15.11271.384%0<6.00.658
12.042V5.084V3.346V5.141V21.170115.13V

Impressive efficiency with 2% load.

Efficiency & Power Factor

Next, we plotted a chart showing the PSU’s efficiency at low loads, and loads from 10 to 110% of its maximum rated capacity. The higher a PSU’s efficiency, the less energy goes wasted, leading to a reduced carbon footprint and lower electricity bills. The same goes for Power Factor.

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Results 15-18: Efficiency

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This is a highly efficient platform, especially with 230V input. As you can see in the charts above, the PSU scores high in every load segment.

The Power Factor readings are high enough with 115V but not as high with 230V. HKC has to tune the APFC converter to make it more efficient.

5VSB Efficiency

Test #5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyPF/AC Volts
10.100A0.51475.256%0.076
5.141V0.683115.13V
20.250A1.28479.505%0.163
5.135V1.615115.13V
30.550A2.81980.936%0.274
5.124V3.483115.13V
41.000A5.10881.325%0.354
5.107V6.281115.13V
51.500A7.63280.925%0.399
5.087V9.431115.13V
62.500A12.62279.244%0.444
5.048V15.928115.13V
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Results 19-20: 5VSB Efficiency

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The 5VSB rail is highly efficient, but FSP did a fantastic job in its power supply, leaving the competition far behind in this performance metric, at least.

Power Consumption In Idle And Standby

Mode12V5V3.3V5VSBWattsPF/AC Volts
Idle12.020V5.080V3.345V5.144V5.4330.315
115.1V
Standby0.0560.006
115.1V
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Results 21-22: Vampire Power

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Vampire power consumption is low with both voltage inputs. 

Fan RPM, Delta Temperature, And Output Noise

All results are obtained between an ambient temperature of 37 to 47 degrees Celsius (98.6 to 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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The fan speed profile is relaxed, even under high operating temperatures. 

The following results were obtained at 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) ambient temperature.       

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Given the relaxed fan speed profile, we expected even lower fan speeds at normal operating temperatures. Not that this is a loud power supply, but it would be nice to see an even lower average noise output, as long as it doesn't compromise the product's reliability.

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  • bdcrlsn
    I know they're not actually made by Thermaltake, but I've had a Toughpower 650-watt for 7 years and had no issues whatsoever. They're good choices these days in a saturated market.
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  • Braindead154
    I bought two of these power supplies to use in my new rig. BOTH of them had a high pitched whine when my computer was off or sleeping (MSI MEG x570 Unify). As much as I appreciated the long warranty and build quality, I prefer not to have a dog whistle in my PC case. They were returned.
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