By: Jonathan Kwan
December 16, 2022
In the introduction of my ROCCAT Kone XP Air review, I talked about someone who genuinely believes every guy likes her despite the opposite is true. Other than her absurd conspiracy-level claims I pointed out, she also often tells a story about how she used to be in a relationship with someone. However, when you start asking questions, you will start to notice what she considers "dating" is debatable at best. It basically happened ten or fifteen years ago, and all there is to her story was there was a person she used to text all the time. As it can be seen here, something can appear one way on the surface, but you really have to look below the surface to see what something truly is. I have recently seen it with the Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2X, which ostensibly is just a Katana V2 with a smaller subwoofer. In reality, the Katana V2X has a different internal amp with a retuned output. Today, we have another potentially similar situation. The Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W, at first glance, looks like a revised Toughpower GF1 1000W with ATX 3.0 specifications and PCIe 5.0 graphics card support. But are there any major changes under the hood? We cracked one open to find out.
Our review unit of the Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W arrived in a medium-sized brown corrugated cardboard box from the company's American headquarters in City of Industry, California, USA. Using UPS Standard, the shipping box looked like it sustained some heavy impacts during its journey, but nonetheless, the Toughpower GF3 1000W arrived in excellent condition to us here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for our review today.
Inside the shipping box is the Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W's retail box. It features a black background with white text along with various shades of gray for a clean and reserved look. A photo of the power supply itself is shown prominently in three-quarters view. Thermaltake's logo is printed at the top left corner, while the Toughpower GF3 branding, 1000W rating, and 80 Plus Gold badge is seen on the center band. An array of badges shows off its features such as its PCIe Gen 5 readiness, ATX 3.0 compatibility, Smart Zero Fan, low 100% Japanese capacitors, and 10-year warranty. The remaining sides have a little more detail in presentation, which you will find more photos, feature highlights, performance graphs, and specifications.
Before we move on, let us take a look at the specifications of the Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W, as obtained from the manufacturer's website:
Max. Output Capacity: 1000W
Dimension ( W / H / D ): 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 160mm(D)
Weight: 1.72 KG
PFC (Power Factor Correction): Active PFC
Power Good Signal: 100-150 msec
Hold Up Time: > 17msec at 100% of full load
Input Current: 13.0A / 6.5A
Input Frequency Range: 50/60Hz
Input Voltage: 100V – 240V~
Operating Temperature: 0°C to + 40°C
Operating Humidity: 20% to 90%,non-condensing
Storage Temperature: -20°C to + 70°C
Storage Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Cooling System: 13.5cm fluid bearing fan
Efficiency: Meet 80 PLUS®Gold at 115Vac input.
MTBF: 100,000 hrs minimum
Safety Approval: CE/UKCA/cTUVus/TÜV/FCC/IC/BSMI/EAC/CB/CCC
Protection: OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, SCP, OTP
PCI-E Connector: PCIe 6+2pin x 4, PCIe 12+4pin x 1
The Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W's retail packaging can be opened by a flap attached at the bottom. Upon opening the box, you will find everything neatly organized. The power supply is securely clipped between two foam brackets inside an open-ended black nylon bag. Everything else is located inside another black Velcro nylon bag. Out of the box, you will receive the Toughpower GF3 1000W power supply itself, modular cables, AC power cable, four screws, four zip ties, and some product literature. The bundle is very minimalist but sufficient.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Minor Tests and Conclusion