The Thermaltake Toughpower PF3 1050W is a Platinum certified power supply, featuring ATX v3.0 and PCIe 5.0 compatibility. It is about 60 dollars more expensive than the Toughpower GF A3 1050W and in this review I am going to find out if it is worth paying the extra amount to get it, or it is better to go for the more affordable option.
The Thermaltake Toughpower PF3 1050W is included in my best ATX v3.0 & PCIe 5.0 PSU picks article.
I have already evaluated the Toughpower PF3 1200W, so it is time to deal with the lower-wattage model and see if it is worth its asking price tag. The PF3 1050W is Platinum certified, and like all models of this line, it is made by HKC. It utilizes a modular cable design and has compact dimensions, with a depth of 140mm. It is notably less noisy than the 1200W model, with a Cybenetics Standard++ (30-35 dB[A]) certification, while the PF3 1200 has a Cybenetics Standard (40-45 dB[A]) noise rating. The fan uses a fluid dynamic bearing, but it is provided by a less-known OEM, which doesn’t have the same quality level as Hong Hua, which is the dominator in today’s PSU market. The fan is supported by a semi-passive operation, which can be deactivated. I highly prefer a PWM-driven fan, which can spin at low speeds under light loads, passing unnoticeably while removing the heat, instead of a semi-passive feature.
|Total Max. Power (W)||1050|