Asus has announced an absolutely overkill 1200W power supply that comes complete with an 80 Plus Platinum efficiency rating. It’s called the Asus ROG Thor.
There’s absolutely no way your gaming PC needs a power supply that’s this powerful. As graphics cards and CPUs have developed over the years, they’ve actually been needing less and less power.
Nowadays, it’s rare to find a gaming PC that needs much more than an 800W PSU, especially if it’s packing just a single graphics card.
But sometimes being excessive is fun, and that’s where the ROG Thor 1200W comes in. This ridiculous power supply is even named after the god of thunder himself, in case you needed any more proof of its excess.
At least it’s efficient
The fine folks over at TomsHardware have done some sleuthing and have discovered that the PSU appears to be based on a Seasonic Prime model, but Asus has added a couple of tweaks such as customisable RGB lighting and a nifty OLED screen that will show power consumption (in other words, you’ll be able to see just how much you don’t need a power supply that’s this powerful).
However, even if you’re not using every Watt that this power supply is capable of you’ll still benefit from the Platinum efficiency rating. This rating means that whatever power you’re drawing from the PSU, it will still be at least 89% efficient.
Ultimately you’ll be left with a power supply that gets much less hot under load, and generally wastes less of your expensive electricity.
There’s no word yet on a release date or price for the Asus ROG Thor 1200W, but with this wattage and power efficiency we don’t expect it to come cheap.
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