Certified 80+ Platinum and built using low-ESR capacitors, the Asus ROG Thor 850 PSU features dustproof IPX5 wing-blade fans, ROG heatsinks, Aura Sync addressable RGB lighting, and a LiveDash OLED panel that displays the power draw in real-time. After a 44% discount, it is now available on Amazon for US$139.99.
Released back in late 2018, the 80+ Platinum-rated Asus ROG Thor 850 fully modular RGB PSU is still a popular choice for system builders in 2022 and will remain so for a few more years, at least as long as the latest power-hungry high-end video cards from NVIDIA and AMD are not involved. Alongside the 135 mm wing-blade fan and Japanese capacitors, the highlights of this PSU include Aura Sync RGB lighting and an OLED real-time power display.
Thanks to the improved heat dissipation solutions and top-end capacitors used, the Asus ROG Thor 850 delivers 89% efficiency at 100% load and 92% at 50%. The list of connectors included consists of two 8-pin CPU cables, one 24-pin, two 6+2-pin PCIe cables, as well as an RGB connector. This PSU is covered by a 10-year warranty.
On Amazon, the 44% discount pushes a US$249.99 list price down to US$139.99. However, this PSU is available for US$139.99 directly from Asus as well, but the list price mentioned is US$169.99 in this case.
The Amazon global rating of 4.7/5 stars is shared by the ROG Thor 850 with other Asus PSUs, ranging from 450 W to 1200 W and including 80+ Bronze, Gold, and Platinum models. The breakdown by feature highlights the energy efficiency and quality of materials used (4.4), noise level (4.5), ease of installation (4.6), and gaming performance (5/5). The lowest score is awarded to the value attribute, which only gets a 4.1/5. In this case, the aforementioned discount might help push this rating up.
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