Power-supply purveyor Antec has expanded its lineup with a trio of modular gaming PSUs: the High Current Gamer M series. Antec calls these an "extension of the HCG PSU line issued in late 2010," but it points out that the new 400W, 520W, and 620W units feature hybrid modular cabling. (From what I can tell, the motherboard and CPU power leads are hard-wired, but other connectors are modular.)
The modular HCG units are fairly affordable, with prices of $89.95 for the 400W model, $99.95 for the 520W one, and $119.95 for the 620W flagship. All three have 80 Plus Bronze certification, maximum efficiency ratings of 87%, 135-mm double-ball-bearing fans, and quad 12V rails with "high load capabilities." Peak 12V output is rated as 360W, 480W, and 576W for the 400W, 520W, and 620W units, respectively. Antec also touts its "patented Circuitshield," which "includes voltage, current, power, under voltage, and short circuit protection which automatically shuts down the PSU to prevent further system damage." Last, but not least, is a five-year warranty applied to all three offerings.
It's nice to see more big PSU vendors offering modular units like these. Modern cases have considerably better cable-routing features than their forebears, so making a build look spotless is surprisingly easy. There's rarely a clean way to tuck away a big jumble of unused power cables, though.
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