Antec adds modular gaming PSUs

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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    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    There are better PSUs out there than these for the same money or maybe even less.

    And I’m not a fan of multi-rail PSUs. I’ve heard they *can* be designed in a way such that they don’t create problems with running out of juice on one of the rails – and maybe these are done that way – but definitely rather have the assurance of the single rail design.

    What’s the drawback to single rail designs?

      • eofpi
      • 8 years ago

      The drawback is that, if something shorts out, you can get all your 12V current going through wires and components that can’t handle that much current, potentially causing a fire. It’s a pretty small risk, though.

      With multiple rails, the rating on each rail is closer to what the wires are rated for, so overcurrent protection will kick in before the copper is naked and sparking.

    • Decelerate
    • 8 years ago

    I’m a Seasonic-only PSU guy (X-Series especially). Can I change my mind eventually? Yes, but till then…

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    amazing…only like 4 years late to the party.

    • Xenolith
    • 8 years ago

    When I saw the headline, I thought this was for supplemental PSUs just for video card arrays. Something like this – [url<][/url<]

      • stupido
      • 8 years ago

      Actually I don’t really understand why they say “modular”? Just for the detachable cables?!

      In my dictionary modular would be something stack-able – you have one basic module for the CPU & peripherals, and depending on the GPU(s) you use, you should be able to stack extra power supplies to match your GPU needs…

      that would be a real modular design…

      I know, I know… cost, duplicating components, etc… but still…

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    Brand new, supposedly high end and only 80plus bronze rated? Shame. Still i dont mind, i recently got hold of a 480w be quiet gold rated PSU for the same price as these. And it doesnt have bullshit marketing speak like “gamer” quality PSU on it. Which sure doesnt effect anything in the real world, it just bugs me.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 8 years ago

      Anything with “gamer” bugs me a lot too…espicially since I’ve stopped playing games but still consider myself an enthusiast

      • Jambe
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, I play games, but I don’t want “gamer” branding on my hardware anymore than I want flame decals or lambo orange paint on it. Actually I would prefer the paint to “gamer” branding or decals.

        • Anomymous Gerbil
        • 8 years ago

        Mmm, Lambo…

    • I.S.T.
    • 8 years ago

    I want a modular PSU not for neatness concerns, but for the simple fact that trying to do any work on your PC with tons of unused cords in the way is a gigantic pain in the butt.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Buy more accessories and use them cords up! 😛

        • moose17145
        • 8 years ago

        lol this is exactly why I can less care if my PSU is modular… I have too many hard drives in my computer…

        I originally had a OCZ PowerStream 600W PSU, and when it died after a few years of non stop running, I sent in for a replacement unit since it was still under warranty, and was initially happy to death that OCZ sent me a comparable 600 Watt ModXtreme modular PSU. So…. after having to attach EVERY SINGLE cable to the PSU I ended up with just as big of a mess as I had before…

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          I have exactly one slot not used on mine. I would transfer my 1 TB drive to my server, but it’s an old computer that doesn’t have SATA ports.

      • eofpi
      • 8 years ago

      Zip ties are your friends.

    • sircharles32
    • 8 years ago

    Those prices are hovering awfully close to “Gold” territory……

      • Peldor
      • 8 years ago

      It’s not quite as bad as what’s listed here at the moment.

      Newegg has them (including the ~$10 shipping) at
      $80 400W
      $100 520W
      $110 620W

        • derFunkenstein
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, it’s actually sort of competitive with, for example, $90 for a Corsair 550W modular (TX550M) or $110 for a 650W modular (TX650M). I’d probably go Corsair again myself, though.

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