Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1200 W Review 4

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1200 W Review

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Thortech TTBPK20G Features & Specs
Max. DC Output1200W
Efficiency80 PLUS Gold
Operating temperature0°C - 50°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135 mm Double Ball Bearing Fan
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 160 mm (D)
Weight2.6 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.30, EPS 2.92
Warranty5 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)$269.99

Thortech equipped the unit with all available protections. Even the relatively rare OTP (Over Temperature Protection) is present and the good thing is that the unit can deliver its full power even at 50°C, according to the manufacturer. The dimensions of TTBPK20G are pretty compact, considering its high capacity, so it will be compatible with almost every chassis. The cooling fan uses double ball bearings so its lifetime will be increased compared to a sleeved bearings and the warranty is long enough at five years, although some other high-end units come with seven years warranty. Final its price looks high but we shouldn't forget that this unit comes with the iPower Meter device which adds some bucks to the total.

Thortech TTBPK20G Power Specs
Max. Power24A24A100A4A0.8A
Total Max. Power1200W

There is a single, powerful, +12V rail which can deliver up to 100A matching the unit's full capacity. The minor rails combined can deliver 150W max, a power level that most likely no modern system will ever pull from these rails. Finally, the 5VSB output is at the power level that a 1200W unit should have.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Native Cables
ATX connector (530mm)20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V (580mm)1
8 pin EPS12V (580mm)1
6+2 pin PCIe (580mm)4
SATA (580mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)4
6 pin iPower Meter 1
Modular Cables
6+2 pin PCIe (580mm)4
SATA (480mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)8
4 pin Molex (530mm+180mm+180mm)6

As it is natural, for a high capacity unit, a great amount of cables/connectors is available to the user. In total there are two EPS, eight PCIe, twelve SATA, six peripheral and one FDD connectors. There is also a cable which feeds data and power to the iPower meter device. Our only problem here is that there are too many fixed cables and few modular ones. We would highly prefer it the other way around. Thankfully all native cables are fully and nicely sleeved.
Regarding cable length, we would like to see additional 70mm length on the 24pin ATX cable and longer EPS cables, since most likely a 1200W unit will be installed in a large, full tower, case. The distance among all connectors is adequate, at 150-180mm and all connectors use 18AWG, which is the recommended size by ATX spec. Gauges with 16AWG size would offer lower voltage drops but with so many native cables, cable management would be a nightmare since cables would be too rigid.

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail we do not have anything to comment about its power distribution.
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