The latest unit in Antec's High Current Pro series of units is here, and I'm going to have a look at it today. Recently, a lot of companies have been putting out 80 Plus Platinum units at the 1kW level, and Antec decided to grab a little piece of that pie for themselves. And why wouldn't they? You have to stay competitive in the marketplace. My only question is, does that pie taste more like cherry or rhubarb? We're going to find that out in a little bit when I raid the fridge of load testing, put back the mayonnaise that got left out all night, and wonder why I have so many bottles of ketchup in here.
Yeah, I don't know where I was going with that metaphor either. But I do know where I'm going with this review... box pictures. 94% max efficiency, huh? Let's see about that on the next two pages. 25% max savings? Over what, exactly? Other power supplies? Electric lawn mowers? Because if it's that second one, I expect to see more savings that that, and a lot less grass cut.
Here we go, marketing bullet points. I'll just reprint the Indonesian ones, if you don't mind. Oh, you do? Ok, fine, I'll go with the English ones. AGAIN. Sigh. You people are no fun. Except you, in the clown suit. You're always scary. I mean, fun. Yeah, that's it. I'll just have to make my own fun by cracking jokes about the marketing.
1000W Continuous Power - Guaranteed 1000W of Continuous Power from Antec -Ah, good. I was worried our power would come from Mr. Burns.
80 PLUS® PLATINUM certified - Up to 94% efficient, to reduce your electricity bill -94% is really a stretch. I have yet to see a Platinum unit this big get even close to that number.
Save Energy and Money - Reduce your electricity bill by up to 25% -Or even more, if you compare it to your oven. No, I will not test to see if you can fry eggs on top of it or cook a ham inside of it. Although... no, I still won't.
AQ7 - Antec Quality 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support -Seven years of warranty is at least as good as seven years in Tibet, I think.
16-pin Socket - Industry-leading 16-pin sockets double the modular connectivity by supporting 2 different 8-pin cables per socket and allow for future connector changes -Translation: we saw Enermax doing it and figured it sounded like a good idea.
28(20+8)-pin MBU socket - World's first socket for possible future MBU connectors -I'm guessing MBU means "Mother Board Unit" instead of "My Big Ulcer." Really, though, I don't expect anything to change soon on motherboards in terms of connectors. That 24 pin ATX connector doesn't really need changing, methinks.
135mm DBB Silence - Whisper-quiet high-quality double ball bearing fan with long lifetime
High Current Rails - 4 High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities ensure maximum CPU & GPU compatibility
100% +12V - Output for maximum CPU & GPU support
Multi PCI-E - 6 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
CircuitShield™ - Full suite of industrial grade protections: Over Current Protection (OCP), Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Over Temperature Protection (OTP), Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP), No Load Operation (NLO) & Brown Out Protection (BOP) -You're probably wondering why you've never seen units with those last three protections before. Well, actually, you have. Surge and inrush protection is provided by any well designed power supply - it's just the nature of the beast. Same thing with brownout protection. No load operation is a sometimes thing... many DC to DC designs are fine with no loads on any rails, some are not. Enermax has been bragging about this for a while now. Antec's just decided to turn these features into marketing.
All Japanese Heavy-Duty Caps - All high-performance Japanese capacitors ensure tightest DC stability and regulation
PhaseWave™ Design - A server-class full-bridge LLC design with a synchronous rectification based on a DC-DC topology -Actually, that's not a terrible name for it. This is by no means the only unit with this topology, in fact they are getting rather common lately, but this is the only unit with a really cool name for it.
On this side of the box, we get a large table showing us just how much money we'll save by using this unit, provided we run it at full power all the time. Conveniently, no mention is made of the purchase price of this unit, which offsets any savings you'd have for a period of time. It's like I keep telling my friends... why should I go out and buy a new Prius to reduce my fuel costs when it costs me far less money to just keep my 1992 Imperial on the road? I mean, think about it... I'm already recycling by using that car in the first place - I'm the third owner. Yeah, it produces harmful emissions, but so does building that Prius, right? Seriously... I'd have to pay big bucks for that Prius before I saved any money. I already own the Imperial free and clear. What's cheaper, a thousand smackers in gas and repairs into a car I already have, or several thousand bucks into a new Prius?
Where was I going with that? Kind of lost track there. Anyway, if you are in need of a new power supply anyway, you might as well go for something efficient like this one claims to be. But don't go buying it thinking you're automatically saving money over any working one you have now. Odds are, you won't be for a couple years until the new unit pays for itself.
On this side of the box, we get some support information, legalese, and a couple more tables.
This side of the box shows us a little picture and some dimensions.
Ooh... darkened wires = invisible! Uh, no, Antec. Invisible things are things you can't see at all regardless of the circumstances. Darkened wires are still visible, they're just dark. If you can point a light at them and see them, they're not invisible.
Oh, I'm being overly picky, am I? Well, I'll have you know that my chair is a millimeter too high, too.
Time to unpack this bad boy. Ah look, an information sheet.
Along with that information sheet, there is a bag of cables, power supply in a cloth sleeve, some velcro cable ties, and some screws.
Here's the info sheet, which doesn't do a lot more than tell you what connectors there are and what the rail assignments are. You are asked to go to the website if you want the full manual.
Now for the power supply itself. And a nice shade of matte black it is, too.
And another angle.
A view of the exhaust grille, complete with Antec branding, power switch, and AC receptacle.
Both side stickers are oriented the same way, which is a little bit of an annoyance. Many times a power supply company will put one on upside down, so that when viewed through a case window the sticker will always be right side up. Not this one.
Here's the fan for your consideration.
Finally, the bottom... er, top of the unit.
A close-up of the load table. Like Antec said on the box, you can load only the 12V rails right up to the full thousand watts if you wish. Not that many systems at all will ask for that. There will always be a load on the minor rails unless you're using this one as a supplementary power supply for the 12V output only.
Antec HCP-1000 Platinum
Max Power @ 50°C
Here's a table for pure redundancy.
Time to have a look at the contents of the cable bag. The power cord was stuck in there too. Interestingly, one of the modular PCI-E cables features two PCI-E connectors sleeved all the way to the end, sharing a single one of those 16 pin connectors on the power supply. I'm not sure why they did this. I mean, all the other PCI-E cables get a chain to themselves... why not do the same for that one?
Finally, a look at the modular connectors themselves, along with a second warranty sticker. The mainboard cable has two connectors at the power supply end... the big black one, and a four pin red one like the PCI-E and EPS cables have. You can plug any red connector into any red receptacle on this unit, depending on which 12V rail you want to use. That said, the big black mainboard connector is on 12V1 - you can't change that. But you can plug the red connector from that cable into any 12V rail you want to.
All peripheral connectors are on 12V1 - that also cannot be changed.
Before I show you a connector and cable table, I want to point out one thing - look at the slots in the housing above each connector. Antec actually has covered these with flexible insulating plastic. Nice touch, there.
Type of connector:
Antec HCP-1000 Platinum
ATX connector (550mm)
12V1/ 12V2/ 12V3/ 12V4
8 pin EPS12V connector (650mm)
4+4 pin ATX/EPS12V connector (650mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm)*
6+2 pin PCIe (+150mm)
5.25" Drive (550mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5' Drive (+150mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
190mm x 150mm x 86mm
*one shared cable
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