Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 ARGB 850W PSU Review

The Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 ARGB 850 is one of the very few ATX v3.0 and PCIe 5.0 PSUs featuring RGB lighting. If you don’t need RGB, you should look at the CWT-made GF3 model with similar capacity. 

High Power makes the Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 ARGB line, while the non-ARGB GF3 models with up to 1200W capacity are by CWT. I can imagine two reasons behind that: CWT didn’t want to mess with RGB lighting, or Thermaltake didn’t want to put all of its eggs into one basket (CWT), so it also used High Power for some of its PSU products. Indeed it is not wise to use a single OEM for your entire portfolio of products, but you should go with several ones, trying to make the best products in every category.

The Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 ARGB 850 is an ATX v3.0 and PCIe 5.0 ready PSU featuring a 450W 12VHPWR connector, supporting the high-end NVIDIA RTX 4080 and most of the RTX 4090 graphics cards. Compared to the 750W model, the 150W increase in the 12VHPWR connector means increased compatibility, so it is safe to assume that most users will go for the 850W unit. With 20 dollars difference in price, with the 750W GF3 ARGB model, the 850W unit is a one-way road if you ask me, even if you don’t plan to buy an RTX 4080/90 soon. Once the new generation GPUs are out, the older models will have substantial price cuts so that you can afford them, and it will be a shame to have an incompatible PSU.


Cybenetics Report


Technical Specifications:
  • Manufacturer (OEM): High Power
  • Max Power: 850W
  • Cybenetics Efficiency: [115V] Cybenetics Platinum (89-91%)
  • 80 Plus Efficiency: Gold
  • Noise: Cybenetics A- (25-30 dB[A])
  • Compliance: ATX v3.0, EPS 2.92
  • Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load): 0 – 40°C
  • Alternative Low Power Mode support: Yes
  • Power 12V: 850W
  • Number of 12V rails: 1
  • Power 5V + 3.3v: 100W
  • Power 5VSB: 15W
  • Cooling: 140mm Hydraulic Bearing Fan [TT-1425 (A1425S12S-2)]
  • Semi-Passive Operation: ✓ (selectable)
  • Modular Design: Yes (Fully)
  • High Power Connectors: 2x EPS (single cable), 4x PCIe 6+2 pin (2x cables), 1x PCIe 12+4 pin (450W)
  • Peripheral Connectors: 12x SATA (3x cables), 4x 4-pin Molex (single cable)
  • ATX Cable Length: 600mm
  • EPS/EPS#2 Cable Length:650mm +155mm
  • Distance between SATA/4-pin Molex: 155mm
  • In-cable capacitors: No
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 150 mm x 85 mm x 160 mm
  • Weight: 1.64 kg (3.62 lb)
  • Warranty: ten years
  • MSRP (excluding VAT): $180 ($160 for the 750W model)
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