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Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W Power Supply Review

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W Power Supply Review

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W Power Supply Review

Real World Testing

So, what do these excellent controlled results mean in a real world environment? To show this we take two steps. The first is to build a system which is appropriate to the PSU’s target market. In the case of the Thunderbolt Plus we assembled the following components:

Intel Core i7-990X CPU
Corsair H80 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard
6x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
2x NVIDIA GTX 590
1x Corsair Force3 GT SSD
2x WD VelociRaptor SATA Drives
Corsair 600T Case
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive

This creates the basis for an enthusiast system with significant power use. Added to this we have 2x20cm case fans and various USB devices (keyboard, mouse, wireless-n) which draw additional current.

With the system set-up we then test noise, exhaust temperature and min/max power use on the 1000w sample, a current generation PSU and a comparable model from 12-18 months ago in real world use.

  Noise Exhaust Temp Minimum
Power
Maximum
Power
Thortech 1000W Idle 23.0dBA 25.5°C 281w
Thortech 1000W Load 30.0dBA 29.3°C 816w
Hiper 1000W Idle 29.1dBA 31.0°C 289w
Hiper 1000WLoad 34.2dBA 40.1°C 831w

As expected the newer, higher efficiency unit from Thortech improves on the performance of the older model significantly. A key result is that the Thunderbolt Plus system draws less power at the wall, reducing energy costs over time.

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Stuart Davidson

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