ASUS ROG Thor 1200w Platinum Power Supply Review
Mike Sanders / 2 years ago
A Closer Look
Following the general colouring and branding, we’re very familiar with from ASUS ROG, the main packaging is very pleasant to behold. You can immediately tell that this product means business.
The 1200w, platinum efficiency, 10 years guarantee and AURA sync capability are nice and clearly visible on the front.
The side of the packaging provides product specification and the manner in which the power is loaded onto the different voltage rails in a nice and clear manner.
The rear packaging contains details on all of the key features in a nice, well-presented way. The information provided is of good quality and has been well written to help you get a full understanding of what this power supply has to offer.
Whats In The Box?
It would be remiss of us not to point out that the ASUS ROG Thor is packaged exceptionally nicely. It’s a design we’ve seen used on a variety of ASUS ROG products and it never fails to impress us. As can be seen in the image below, the main box opens in an upward fashion to reveal the ASUS ROG logo and two embossed internal boxes containing the components.
Packaging is never a huge point in our reviews, but it’s truly fantastic to see ASUS ROG make such an effort in theirs.
The Power Supply
In terms of presentation, the ASUS ROG Thor is fantastic. Using a combination of black, silver highlights and RGB effects, it really stands out from the pack. Despite all the styling choices made to it though, it still feels exceptionally solid and well made.
A main highlight of the design is the side panel. Not only does this include the branding logo, but it also has a ‘Thor’ badge set to the bevelled corner. All of this, we should note, has RGB lighting which is nice and understated, but really makes it stand out when in a system.
The main intake fan, located to the top of the power supply, has a nice central location. You will again note the styling choices that have been made to this with the ROG logo to the top corner and the lightly silver bossed highlights to the fan guard.
The rear exhaust panel is well ventilated which should allow for good air flow. As this power supply does have a hybrid (0 dB) fan mode, passive airflow will clearly be an important factor. The only item of any particular note to the rear panel is this hybrid fan control button. It is, rather unusually, switched off when the button is depressed. This isn’t particularly intuitive as most people would assume a depressed button would be on. You are, however, given a little diagram to confirm the on/off setting.
The modular power input bank is nicely itemised depending on the specific ‘hook-ups’ your system will require. The cabling fits nicely into the slots and with the named sockets, it’s almost foolproof.
In terms of the looks, I absolutely love the ASUS ROG Thor. It ticks all the right boxes that the professional system builder would want. Not only does it have all the power, but it is presented in a very stylish and unique manner.
With the RGB lighting effects to the side, ASUS ROG hasn’t gone overboard. Which could easily have happened with such a bold design. In brief, ASUS ROG has found what is perhaps the best way to make a power supply look good!
Getting inside the power supply (not what we would recommend this to anyone not testing it) was surprisingly easy and straightforward. Once inside the main components are well laid out and even has a bit of branding going on! In terms of overview, this looks very professionally put together.
A closer look at the capacitors would confirm that these are Japanese designed and are rated to 105c. Exactly what you want to see from a professional high-power PSU!
In regards to the fan, this is a brushless Power Logic design. Although this isn’t a fan we have encountered before, there is nothing to sugegst that this will not have any difficulty in managing the airflow when under high output levels.
Important – Please Read
To understand the results on the new few pages, please take the time to read our detailed testing methodology page. The next page of this review will help you understand what the results of our testing mean, and educate you on the various qualities we look for in a good PSU.