Latest batch of Antec PSUs boasts 80 Plus Gold certification

Power supplies with 80 Plus Gold certification are still multiplying. The latest newcomers, the High Current Pro series, hail from Antec and purportedly deliver “server and workstation technology” as well as efficiency of up to 92%.

Antec is offering 750W, 850W, 1000W, and 1200W HCP variants, all of which have the aforementioned perks plus modular cabling and five-year warranty coverage. The first three models also feature quad 12V rails and 135-mm pulse-width-modulation double-ball-bearing fans, which are said to be “up to 50 percent quieter than traditional voltage-controlled fans.” The HCP-1200 kicks things up a notch with eight rails, but presumably because of its meatier internals, it only features an 80-mm fan. (Antec says that fan is “specially configured” and “Japanese-made,” so it probably won’t sound like a jet engine.)

Oh, and Antec has taken measures beyond fancy fan selection to keep noise levels down. The firm isn’t afraid to get technical with its explanation:

The High Current Pro series uses a one-of-a-kind high-performance full-bridge topology for a higher DC-to-DC voltage regulator module working frequency that stabilizes output voltage, making the system more reliable and energy-efficient, and features none of the annoying pitch noise typically found in higher-power 80 PLUS® Gold certified PSUs.

I see the HCP-1200 has already made its way onto Newegg. As you’ve probably guessed after reading the specs, it ain’t cheap—$299.99 before shipping. The other three units should be available later this month, Antec says.

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    • yehuda
    • 9 years ago

    The latest power supplies seem to be very well built, to the point there may be nothing to improve upon for a while. The efficiency is excellent, the warranty coverage is very long, and the quality of the fan and internal components, together with the fact that a power supply does not “age” in terms of performance, ensures they’ll serve the user for a long time. It’s also great that we have many options for bottom-mounted cases. They provide the power supply with cool air and help it last longer and remain quieter.

    I have personally purchased tens of Seasonic OEM, S12, S12-II and Seasonic units rebranded by Antec and Corsair and I have to say the small investment over generic brands is well worth it, whether you build a gaming of office machine. These products are head and shoulders above most anything else. The S12-II series in particular is top quality, using only Japanese caps and providing long enough cables to fit in any case. Amazingly, even down to the 330W version, which was quite affordable while it was available where I live.

    It’s only when you look back and think how smooth your experience has been that you realize how much trouble a good power supply can save you.

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve had one single PSU fail and it was the cheapest PSU imaginable. Other than that the only problem I’ve had with PSUs has been noise.

        • Thrashdog
        • 9 years ago

        I’ve had two Antecs quit on me, both models that, at the time, had reviewed well. I ended up buying a (pre-OCZ acquisition) PC Power and Cooling unit, and it’s been chugging along merrily ever since.

        • yehuda
        • 9 years ago

        Failure is only one way things can go wrong with a cheap power supply, and frankly, it’s the best way I would wish for.

        I think in the US all electronics are required to pass FCC tests, so perhaps the bottom of the barrel as you know it is better than what we have here. In fact, I can name a few brands that are 100% guaranteed to cause trouble if not swapped out on time.

        Among the problems I encounter on daily basis are random system lockups, hard drive and memory failures (I can clearly say some of them are caused by the power supply) and unstable behavior of USB devices (printer, wireless adapter). All of this havoc happens in the context of lightly loaded office machines. What’s more, generic power supplies don’t even provide basic short-circuit protection, so if the user breaks the front USB port by accident the power supply will explode in flames.

        Of course, noise is also a concern. It goes without saying that the fan in these is not thermally controlled, but whatever, some people don’t mind. The problem is that after one or two years of service the fan bearing goes out of balance or something, and the noise level goes up dramatically to the point that even casual users wonder if something is wrong.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        After HDD’s, PSU’s are the most common failure that I’ve seen, although not many lately on either count lately. I changed a Server PSU earlier this summer (just over three years running) and before that it had been about 4-5 years during the last of the whole bad cap fiascog{<.<}g

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    The smallest size is 750W?!!? Seasonic has down to 400W in gold. Well I guess I will wait for hardware secrets and jonnyguru’s reviews on these.

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