Thermaltake Toughpower PF3 1200W PSU Review

The Thermaltake Toughpower PF3 1200W is a high-performance power supply, addressing users with increased power needs. Despite its high capacity and the Cybenetics Platinum efficiency rating, it is sold at a good price ($220 at the time of the review). Read the full review to find out everything about this product and its performance.

The Thermaltake Toughpower PF3 1200W is included in my best ATX v3.x & PCIe 5.x PSU picks article.

After completing TT’s Toughpower GF A3 line reviews, it is time to deal with the Toughpower PF3 models. The OEM remains the same, HKC, and the PF3 is above the GF A3 in TT’s portfolio of products in terms of efficiency. This means that the price tags are increased. The Toughpower PF3 1200W I will review today costs 220 dollars, while the GF A3 1200W costs $180. A 40-dollar price difference between these two products is notable, and I will check if it is justified, especially during part analysis.

The PF3 1200 utilizes a fully modular cable design, and because of its compact dimensions, with a 1 40mm depth, it cannot accommodate a fan larger than 120mm. To increase its reliability and keep noise output low, TT used an FDB fan driven by an aggressive speed profile; thus, the average noise output is high, Cybenetics Standard (40-45 dB[A]).



Technical Specifications:
  • Manufacturer (OEM): HKC
  • Max Power: 1200W
  • Cybenetics Efficiency: [115V] Cybenetics Platinum (89-91%)
  • 80 Plus Efficiency: Platinum
  • Noise [115V]: Cybenetics Standard (40-45 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 combined: 1200W
  • Number of 12V rails: 1
  • Power 5V + 3.3v: 100W
  • Power 5VSB: 15W
  • Cooling: 120mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan [TT-1225 (BDK12025MS)]
  • Semi-Passive Operation: ✓ (Selectable)
  • Modular Design: Yes (Fully)
  • High Power Connectors: 2x EPS (2x cables), 5x PCIe 6+2 pin (3x cables), 1x PCIe 12+4 pin (600W)
  • Peripheral Connectors: 12x SATA (3x cables), 8x 4-pin Molex (1x cable)
  • ATX Cable Length: 600mm
  • EPS Cable Length: 650mm
  • 6+2 pin PCIe Cable Length: 500mm (+150mm)
  • 12+4 pin PCIe Cable Length: 600mm
  • Distance between SATA / 4-pin Molex: 150mm
  • In-cable capacitors: No
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 150 mm x 85 mm x 140mm
  • Weight: 1.69 kg (3.73 lb)
  • Warranty: ten years
  • Street price (excluding VAT): $220

Power Specifications

Rail 3.3V 5V 12V 5VSB -12V
Max. Power Amps 20 20 100 3 0.3
Watts 100 1200 15 3.6
Total Max. Power (W) 1200
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