Reviews - Antec Truepower New 750W
Sample Provided by: Antec (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Mar-15-2009)

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Way back in the day, Antec came out with a new power supply line called the Truepowers. When these were introduced, they promised groundbreaking stability at reasonable prices for us consumers. As time passed, the Truepower line evolved and changed. We soon had the Truepower II series, and then the Truepower Trio series.

Well, get ready folks because it's happening again. Antec just sent me what you see in the above picture, the latest unit to bear the Truepower moniker, the Truepower New 750W. These new Truepower units start at 550W and go up to the 750W model I'm looking at today.

The box wastes no time in bragging about the unit inside, as you can see in this shot. While the Truepower line is no longer top of the heap at Antec (that would be the Signatures), this little blurb seems to promise enough high end performance to please most people who can't afford to lose the arm and leg a Signature costs. Some of the improvements over the previous True Trio units include 80 Plus Bronze certification and a PWM fan, so says the box.

There's more coolness being bragged about on the back of the box. It's a bit hard to read in the above shot, so...

  • DC to DC voltage regulator modules for greater system stability
  • 120mm PWM fan runs up to 50% quieter than standard fans
  • Advanced Hybrid Cable Management improves airflow and reduces clutter
  • Double layer PCB optimizes cooling efficiency and allows for heavy duty components
  • 80 PLUSĀ® Bronze certification saves energy and lowers your electric bill
  • Supports dual GPUs and dual/quad core CPUs
  • 4 +12V rail output circuits provide stable power
  • ATX12V v2.3 and EPS12V v2.91
  • 2 x 8-pin (6 + 2) & 2 x 6-pin PCI-E graphics card connectors for modern graphics cards
  • Safety approval: UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick

Also present is a load table and a promise that the unit meets 82% efficiency at minimum, full load. We'll just see about that, won't we?

Hmm... I guess I didn't need to type most of that out after all. Methinks I need some new glasses to go with my new Truepower New. And all this talk about new stuff makes me want to listen to Lidell Townsell for some reason. Mm-hmm, yeah yeah. That, or stand in front of the window and do the Numa Numa dance. Again.

As is the case with many new Antec units lately, the True New comes packaged looking like it came out of the grocery store produce section or something. And I have to tell you, the box must have been using technology from Dr. Who, because it seems to me it was holding twice as much as it should have been able to fit.

See? Along with the power supply and all its hardwired cables we have a bag full of modular cables, a power cable, user guide, and a bag of screws. All this crammed into an 8" x 9" x 4.5" box. Trying to get this all back into the box was a lot like me trying to get myself into my old jeans - the ones that last fit in high school, when I was still only 6' 3." It just wasn't easy. Or photogenic.

The user guide is really just a folded up piece of paper with a few useful bits of information on it in multiple languages.

And here's our new Truepower New Numa Numa... er, power supply right now. Sorry... all this newness seems to be overloading my poor brain. The unit is finished in a simple dark gray paint, with some purpleness in the label to contrast with.

Hi, pot! Are you ok? Warranty void if removed. Sincerely, Antec.

Wow, my brain really is sipping the crazy juice today. Let's zoom in on those modular connectors - there's something you should see there.

And that something is the little label below the connectors. This label tells you which 12V rail serves these connectors. 12V1 on the two black ones, and 12V3/12V4 for the red ones.

Antec Truepower
New 750W

3.3V 5V 12V1 12V2 12V3 12V4 -12V 5VSB
25A 25A 25A 25A 25A 25A 0.8A 3A
Max Power 170W 744W 9.6W 15W
750W

Going back to the label, there's some interesting info there. First, there's that huge combined 12V rating of 744W - that's a lot of juice for a unit rated at 750W total. This gives us a pretty good indication that the VRM design takes the approach of drawing power from the 12V for the 3.3V and 5V rails. I can't wait to get inside it and see what the design's like.

Also, you'll see that each of the four 12V rails is rated at 25A. This is more than adequate for just about anything you'd want to power with a 750W unit these days.

Unless I'm confused again, it almost looks to me like this unit already has most of the cabling hardwired. Looks a bit cluttered, honestly. And yes, I do believe there is a separate EPS12V and ATX12V cable. What for? How many rigs out there need both? Usually, it's one or the other, and most units come with a modular 4+4 pin EPS12V connector to prevent the kind of clutter that comes from having two cables essentially providing redundant functionality more than once a second time.

Otherwise, the sleeving is at least well done, going up into the unit to help alleviate wire chafing against the grommet.

And here are the modular cables. There are a fair few of them too, despite the fact that the unit itself has just about all you'd ever need hardwired to it already.

Type of connector: Antec Truepower
New 750W
ATX connector (540mm) 24 pin 12V1
5.25" Drive (540mm+150mm+150mm) 3
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm) 1
SATA (540mm+150mm+150mm) 3
8 pin EPS12V (540mm) 1 12V2
4 pin ATX12V (540mm) 1
6+2 pin PCIe (570mm) 2 12V3/V4
Modular Cables
5.25" Drive (560mm+150mm+150mm) 6 12V1
SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm) 6
6 pin PCIe (560mm) 2 12V3/V4
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
150mm x 150mm x 86mm
 

 

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