Date: Monday , January 21, 2019
The first thing we are going to look at with the ASUS ROG THOR 1200W is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.
The packaging of the ASUS ROG THOR 1200W is HUGE. I mean it is BIG. That said, it is also well put together which is kind of cool as this unit actually does start off feeling like a premium product just by holding the box (sure that doesn't actually mean anything in the end but it gives a good impression none the less). Starting on the front of the package, we see this unit using the Republic of Gamers branding throughout. We also see a picture of the included power supply and a row of seals including one for "ASUS AURA SYNC," a 10 year warranty (which is definitely on the longer end of the scale), and an 80 Plus Platinum seal on the front of the packaging (a quick check of the 80 Plus website does indeed find the unit certified for 80 Plus Platinum). When we flip to the rear of the packaging, we find a lot of advertising about features of the unit including the inclusion of "OLED POWER DISPLAY," "ASUS AURAU SYNC," "ROG HEATSINK," "80 PLUS PLATINUM CERTIFICATION," "WING-BLADE FAN," and "SLEEVE CABLES." Realistically, all of these items are more show than go, but these do all make the impression that ASUS has thought about this a bit and is trying to be a bit different from everyone else while also fitting this product into their ROG branding. On the sides of the packaging, we find just the power label (reproduced below).
The power information for the ASUS ROG THOR 1200W is much as we expect from modern units and very similar to what we see from other 1200W units. ASUS claims that this is a single 12v rail unit with a peak 12v capacity of 100A or ~100% of the units total possible capacity if necessary. When we look at the minor rails, we see that these are capped at 125W and each rail is individually capable of 25A. Moving on, we find that the ROG THOR 1200W has eight modified 8-pin PCIe connectors, two Molex connectors, and twelve SATA connectors. This is a bit of a reduction in the number of PCIe connectors and Molex connectors compared to what we have seen from other 1200W units (including ones built on this same platform). So, this unit is not the best appointed in this regard, but it is most likely serviceable for the vast majority of needs even if you are pushing 1200 watts.
Once we open the ROG THOR 1200W, we find the power supply, mounting screws, modular cables in a bag, the power cord, the user manual, and some accessories like zip-ties/case badges/cable combs. The user manual that comes with the ROG THOR 1200W covers this model as well as the 850W model. It is 116 pages long in 19 languages. Included in the manual is package contents list, the power table for all of ROG THOR units (both of them), the connector counts, a section on how to plug in your power supply, and some labeled pictures that look like they fell out of an ASUS motherboard manual. That, folks, is all. Overall, the manual is not so great but this is the first time ASUS has done this so we should probably cut them some slack here. Let's move on to look at the unit itself now.