Reviews - Antec CP-1000 1000W
Sample Provided by: Antec (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Nov-15-2009)

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Earlier this year, Antec sought to not only raise our standards, but sought to create new ones in the CPX form factor. Their first product in the new form factor was the CP-850, a unit that proved to be an astounding performer even when compared to Antec's flagship Signature line. Today, we see that Antec has expanded the CPX form factor line with the brand new CP-1000.

Why did Antec go ahead and create their own form factor? Well, I'll just let the side of the box tell you all about it.

Yes, folks, the CPX form factor is intended to bring you some awesome power and yet still have a power supply silent enough to sleep in the same room with.

As was the case with the CP-850, this unit is 80 Plus certified, but unfortunately it is still only standard certification according to the box. One had hoped that Antec would have addressed this a little bit with the new unit, but we'll find out on pages two and three what the real story is. Meantime, how about another box picture?

On this side of the box, Antec has provided pictures of the only cases on the market to use the CPX form factor - the Twelve Hundred, the P183, and the P193.

On the back of the box, we see the marketing points for this unit. There's not much here we haven't seen a thousand times before, so I won't get too deep into this. Ess ess ess ess... ay ay ay ay... eff eff eff eff... eee eee eee eee... tee tee tee tee... y y y y! Safety! Approval! Why yes, I am listening to Men Without Hats again. Well, I was - now I'm listening to ELO.

On this side of the box, we get a simple load table along with some fancy logos. That big AQ5 thing is Antec's way of telling us this unit has a five year warranty. I think it's time to open up the box now and get at the unit inside before I turn to stone... I turn to stone... I turn to stone.

As has been the case with many recent Antec units, there is no proper user guide for this unit in the box. Rather, we just get a piece of paper with some essential information and not much else.

As was the case with the CP-850, the CP-1000 rises up off the photography table like Jaws out of the ocean. These CPX units are real intimidating. Along with the unit, included are some screws, a power cord, and some modular cables.

See what I mean about the unit looking intimidating? This is how you would have it mounted in a compatible enclosure, and I'm sure if you stare directly into the grille here for too long it will take offense, get up, and sock you one. You'll be living in twilight for days.

Here's another shot of Andre the Giant's house... uh, I mean the CP-1000. How tall is that thing? Well, that's a 120mm fan on the back - that should tell you.

A better shot of that fan. As was the case on the 850W model, this is a PWM controlled fan. Also shared with the 850W model is the unfortunate trend of not sleeving the cables into the housing, which quite frankly is big enough to accommodate power lines and telephone lines being sleeved into it as well.

Sigh. It looks like we're continuing a trend we saw last time with the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W. What trend is that? Why the trend of sticking the combined 12V limit with 840W and then leaving 160W to be made up on the rest of the rails. That's disappointing, I expected more considering that the 850W model had so much headroom on the installed parts. How about it, Antec? Giving this unit 80A on the combined 12V instead of 70A would go a long way to selling more of these, I think. Especially when the 850W model already does 64A combined at 12V.

I suppose they could throw in four little diamonds too... that would help. But then the cost would go up.

Antec
CP-1000
3.3V 5V 12V1 12V2 12V3 12V4 -12V 5VSB
28A 30A 25A 30A 30A 30A 0.6A 3A
Max Power 160W 840W 7.2W 15W
1000W

Here's another look at the fan, and modular connectors. As you can see, 12V1 is intended for the peripheral cables while 12V3 and 12V4 are for PCI-E cables.

Some strange magic has been employed to wrestle the CP-1000 into position. It's not too light of a unit, for sure. Antec has apparently decided to continue their tradition of hardwiring altogether too many cables directly to the unit, a practice that gets a little older for me every time I encounter it.

Here are the modular cables. Nothing much to say here, except... whamma-lamma-bamma-lamma, rock and roll is king. That evil woman over there said so.

Type of connector: Antec CP-1000
ATX connector (640mm) 20+4 pin 12V1
5.25" Drive (545mm+150mm+150mm) 3
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm) 1
SATA (545mm+150mm+150mm) 3
8 pin EPS12V (660mm) 1 12V2
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V (660mm) 1
6+2 pin PCIe (470mm) 2 12V3/
12V4
Modular Cables
5.25" Drive (550mm+150mm+150mm) 6 12V1
SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm) 9
6 pin PCIe (460mm) 2 12V3/
12V4
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
170mm x 175mm x 120mm

You may be thinking to yourself, gee those PCI-E cables are short. And you'd be right, they are short. But remember, this unit mounts in the bottom of a CPX compatible case, so these may not need to be all that long to reach. Indeed, in my own Twelve Hundred case, this length has proven to be more than sufficient. And that's how it's meant to be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be-be...

Sorry, I think Jeff Lynne's sampler got stuck there and carried my brain with it.


 

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