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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

Conclusion

Looking first at the build quality and design of the Thortech Thunderbolt PSU we have a product which scores well. The chassis is solid and paintwork well applied. We liked the honeycomb style fan grill and the cable braiding is of a good quality with solid rubber ends to ensure it is durable over time. The only minor external issue is that the stickers used by Thortech could have better artwork to give the unit that extra high end feel.

Inside we find a selection of quality branded components which include Japanese 105°C capacitors and the overall assembly is good with decent soldering and components secured in place as required. There could be some tweaks to the wiring throughout the PSU as some end at the solder point in protective covers and others don’t but on the whole it is a decent build.

It would also have been nice to see Thortech aim for a fully modular 1000w unit as other manufacturers are heading in that direction now. That said, few offer the unique monitoring and tweaking panel which is provided with the Thunderbolt Plus.

In terms of performance the Thunderbolt Plus showed good 12v figures but 3.3v/5v could have been a little better, though remained within spec. Ripple results were good as were temperature and noise levels. While it is nice to see a Gold certification on this unit the figures we recorded were very much borderline between Silver and Gold.

That brings us to value where the Thunderbolt Plus, provided it is priced appropriately, will score well. Currently though $239 is a little on the high side when looking at other 1000w Gold models but will say that a 5-year warranty, cable pouch, thumbscrews and cable ties as well as the monitoring tool all add value to the overall package.

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