ASUS has finally become a brand that offers every type of PC component with the launch of the ASUS ROG Thor series power supplies. The first ROG Thor PSUs were unique with an LCD display that can show real-time power consumption and of course, it also comes with ASUS AuraSync RGB Lighting. Seasonic is reportedly the OEM behind the ROG Thor series hence the strong reception from gamers and enthusiasts despite its hefty price tag. Since the success of the ROG Thor line, ASUS has released a second revision with more wattage capacities to cater to different builds.
|Max. DC Output||1200W|
|Efficiency||80 PLUS Platinum, ETA-A (88-91%)|
|Noise||LAMBDA-A+ (15-20 dB[A])|
|Intel C6/C7 Power State Support||✓|
|Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)||0 – 50°C|
|Over Voltage Protection||✓|
|Under Voltage Protection||✓|
|Over Power Protection||✓|
|Over Current (+12V) Protection||✓|
|Over Temperature Protection||✓|
|Short Circuit Protection||✓|
|Inrush Current Protection||✓|
|Fan Failure Protection||✗|
|No Load Operation||✓|
|Cooling||135mm Double Ball Bearing Fan (PLA13525B12M)|
|Semi-Passive Operation||✓ (selectable)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||152 x 88 x 192mm|
|Weight||2.37 kg (5.22 lb)|
|Form Factor||ATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92|
|Total Max. Power (W)||1200|
Cables & Connectors
|Description||Cable Count||Connector Count (Total)||Gauge||In Cable Capacitors|
|ATX connector 20+4 pin (610mm)||1||1||18-20AWG||No|
|4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm)||2||2||18AWG||No|
|6+2 pin PCIe (680mm)||4||4||18AWG||No|
|6+2 pin PCIe (680mm+70mm)||2||4||18AWG||Yes|
|4-pin Molex to 2x SATA (150mm)||1||2||18AWG||No|
|4-pin Molex (350mm+120mm)||1||2||18AWG||No|
|4-pin Molex (450mm+120mm+120mm)||1||3||18AWG||No|
|FDD Adapter (+105mm)||1||1||22AWG||No|
|RGB Cable (800mm)||1||1||22AWG||No|
|RGB Sync Cable (800mm)||1||1||24AWG||No|
|AC Power Cord Type (1380mm)||1||1||18AWG||–|
A Closer Look
The ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II follows the standard ROG design style packaging with a model shot of the power supply on the right side with the tex and highlighted features on the left side. The back part shows more details about the key features listed on the front.
The packaging contains the following
- ASUS ROG Thor II Power Supply
- Zip Ties
- Velcro ties
- ROG Logo Badge
- 4x Screws
- PSU Combs
The ASUS ROG Thor 1000 Platinum II is definitely a premium, high-end power supply with its textured finish and design. The product info sticker follows the ROG style with the fan grills having the same signature slanted ROG design. Additionally, the grill cutout is much larger than standard PSU grills resulting in better airflow.
With the ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II having an LCD screen on the left side, you are pretty much limited to having that specific orientation where the fan is facing the top in order to use the screen. While most cases have PSU shroud cutouts, there are cases where the top-facing fan orientation is at a disadvantage with the shroud cutout blocking the airflow of the power supply. The right side also has a design however its not inverted for a bottom fan mount set up nor does it have the LCD display.
Like other high-end platinum powers supplies, the ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is a fully modular power supply meaning it that there are no pre-attached cables on the PSU hence making it easier for cable management as you only need to attach the cables you’re going to use. What’s neat about the ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is the excellent segmentation of the ports with the PCI-E and CPU ports on the left side and the peripherals are located on the right just above the 24-pin motherboard slots. Moreover, each group has outlines and labels as opposed to name brackets on most power supplies.
Ventilation is maxed on on the back part of the power supply with a huge honeycomb style cutout across the whole area. Apart from the plug and the power switch, the ROG Thor II 1000W Platinum has a 0db mode switch that can be toggled with a button next to the power switch. When 0dB mode is enabled, the ROG Thor II Platinum’s fan will only turn on once the total load exceeds 50% or 500 watts(800 watts on the 1600 W model).
ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II Cable Set:
- 1x 24-pin ATX Cable
- 2x 4+4 pin EPS 12V Cable
- 4x 6+2pin PCI-E Cable
- 2x 6pin PCI-E Cable
- 2x Molex Cable
- 3x SATA Cable
- 12 pin PCI-E Cable
- Addressable RGB cable
ASUS uses a flat ribbon cable for its ROG Thor II Platinum power supplies but what makes it more unique and premium is that all connectors are individually sleeved cables with the exception of the SATA and Molex cables. The sleeved cables can also be paired with the cable combs for a more premium look.
The PCI-E cables have a decent length for most ATX cases even in different configurations. The black sleeving makes it easier to bend the naturally stiff PCI-E cables for easier cable management. Do note that cable combs are a must if you’re running a very exposed length as individually sleeved cables are hard to group up unlike flat ribbon cables or one larger sleeved cable.
The SATA cable as well as the Molex cable are not sleeved but instead uses the typical flat ribbon style cable. We aren’t really bothered by this as SATA and Molex cables aren’t really exposed in most builds.
The ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is the first power supply that includes a 12-pin PCI-E microfit cable out of the box. Being a 1000W power supply, the ROG Thor Platinum II can support an RTX 3090 which makes the microfit cable very useful especially if you happen to have a Founders Edition card.
Our test bench setup only requires two out of four PCI-E Cables for the graphics card with an extra cable for PCI-E devices. We used one SATA cable to power our AIO and HDDs.
|ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II Review Test Bench Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core i9 12900K|
|COOLER||ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360MM AIIO – Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste|
|MOTHERBOARD||ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming Motherboard|
|MEMORY||Kingston Fury Beast 32GB(2x16GB) DDR5 5200MHz|
|GPU||Inno3D RTX 3080 Ti iChill X4|
|STORAGE||WD SN750 2TB NVMe SSD|
|POWERSUPPLY||ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Windows 11 Pro Build 22000|
|DISPLAY||Lenovo Legion Y27Q Gaming Monitor|
User Experience and Conclusion
The ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is a delight to use not only because of its RGB lighting but mainly because of the real-time power consumption through the LCD display. We started using the ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II since our Intel 12900K review and ROG Z690 motherboard reviews paired with an RTX 3080 Ti. We’ve never had any system stability issue nor any unwanted shutdowns which Seasonic PSUs are known for due to the spike in power draw with the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 GPUs. The LCD display really helps to keep track of the overall system power consumption and reports the same values as our OMNI power meter. While we don’t have any tools to measure a PSU’s performance, we can attest to the quality of the ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II given our time with it using the latest and highest-end components. Its build quality and design are definitely one of the best if not the best we’ve seen in power supplies. While RGB lighting might be over the top for some, its subtle and diffused design will blend with most setups. However, the features that we liked from the individually sleeved cables to the LCD display come at a cost as the ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is priced at Php 18,000. Php 18,000 or $350 is definitely expensive for a 1000W Platinium power supply as you should be getting around 1200 to 1600W PSUs at the $350 mark. That said, the ROG Thor 1000W is definitely not for everyone especially those who are looking to maximize the dollar-per-watt spending. That said, the ASUS ROG Thor 1000W Platinum II is a well-designed power supply that not only looks and feels good but also has the performance and features that back it up delivering your PC stable power and peace of mind for the user.
Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.