Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W PSU Review
Compared to the average power supply design, the Toughpower Grand series unit certainly looks very different. The chassis features a smooth design with rounded edges and is sprayed with a matte black paint. At the center of the fan’s grill Thermaltake placed a shield-like silver badge with their logo. Except from the red ribbon, both sides of the power supply are entirely clean. The chassis measures 18cm long, making the Toughpower Grand considerably longer than a normal ATX power supply which could cause problems in compact HTPC cases.
The sticker with the unit’s electrical certifications and approvals can be found at the top side of the chassis. A small logo of the company can be seen subtly engraved right beneath the sticker.
The rear is entirely perforated to allow for the air pushed by the cooling fan to escape towards the outside of the case. Thermaltake went with the simple but proven honeycomb grill design. A LED on/off switch which lights up when the power supply is turned on and a standard 3-DIN A/C power plug can be found at the rear side of the power supply, as well as a chromed label with the company name on it which also lights up while the power supply is turned on.
At the front side of the power supply one can find the numerous connectors for the modular cables. The red connectors are meant for the PCIe card cables and the black connectors are for the Molex/SATA power cables. This unit offers the following number of connectors:
24-pin ATX connector
1 x 8 pin EPS CPU connector
1 x 4+4 pin ATX/EPS CPU connector
8 x 6+2 pin 12V PCIe connectors
12 x SATA connectors
8 x Molex connectors
1 x Floppy connector*
*Editor’s note: The floppy disk drive connector adapter makes use of a Molex connector.