Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply Review: Page 4 of 7

Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

Thermaltake uses the same oval pattern grill on most of the power supplies. The internal fan has milky white translucent blades to show off the RGB effect.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

The backside has the main label with all of the electrical characteristics.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

The side has the series label, but it also holds a bit of a secret we’ll get to shortly.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

On the business end, every connector is fully modular. Off to the side is the 3-pin ARGB connector.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

The backside is covered in switches and buttons. Beyond the normal main power switch, you get one to switch the Smart Zero Fan on and off, as well as two buttons to control the RGB system when it’s not connected to your motherboard.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

Cables included are the main 24-pin motherboard, a pair of 8-pin CPU cables, three VGA cables that each has twin 6+2 connectors, three SATA cables, and a molex type cable. You also get a Molex to berg style adapter if needed, the ARGB cable, some cable ties, and some mounting screws.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

The motherboard cables are decently long, but we wish the PCIe cables were just a bit larger. Large cases may not be able to route them cleanly.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

Peripheral cables are plenty long enough for most uses.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

We noticed something weird when plugging in cables. Thermaltake routes some of the flat cables of the 24-pin cable to both of the PSU end plugs. That in and of itself isn’t bad, but the plugs are very close together.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

When you try to plug them in, the 18 and 10-pin plugs are effectively backward. There isn’t enough slack to plug them correctly.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

The only way around this is to peel them back and twist them around to plug them in. This should be out of sight in most cases, but the entire purpose of an RGB enabled power supply is to show it off, and you just can't get clean cable runs like this.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

Once you get it plugged in and lit up, it's worth it though. The picture just doesn’t do the lighting justice on how rich and smooth the lighting effect is in person.

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