Reviews - Antec TruePower Quattro (TPQ-850) 850W
Sample Provided by: Antec (By jonny on Thu, Jun-28-2007)

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     It could be said that Antec has been "waiting in the wings" as far as getting a large capacity power supply to market.  While other companies have been offering 1000W and up power supplies for over a year, Antec's largest offering has been a 650W that, at least in our testing, couldn't put out it's rated wattage when run in a hot environment.

     I would have thought that with Antec's long relationship with Channel Well (Channel Well OEM'd the original True Power and Neo power supplies among others) and with the excellent high wattage offerings Channel Well has been offering lately (the Thermaltake Toughpower for example) that Antec would have returned to Channel Well for their latest efforts.

     Instead, Antec has gone the route SilverStone has gone with the Strider product and Tagan has gone with the Silver Power product and looked to Enhance as an OEM.  Enhance is quite the mixed bag, but they are very capable of producing an excellent high wattage unit too (Cooler Master Real Power Pro, for example.)  It's going to be interesting to see where the new TruePower Quattro falls in Enhance's wide range of engineering efforts.

     My Antec TruePower Quattro 850W came in a large, bright yellow box.  This bad boy literally JUMPS off the shelf at you.  Like yellow or not, this box will get your attention in the power supply aisle of Fry's or Microcenter.

     Well, actually, I hope you like yellow because the color from the retail box makes it's way to the housing of the power supply in the form of racing stripes reminiscent of an inverted Dodge Charger Super Bee paint job (see picture of Johnny Lightning die case 1970 Super Bee below.)

     Cooling is handled by a single 80MM fan.  This makes me wonder if this power supply will live up to Antec's typical "quiet at any cost" reputation.  Perhaps.  The Earth Watts and NeoHE are cooled with a single 80MM fan and manage to be quite silent.

     The TruePower Quattro is a modular product, but there are some fixed cables.

     The fixed cables include the main 24-pin ATX connector, a 4-pin ATX12V connector, an 8-pin EPS12V connector and two 6+2 PCI-e graphics card connectors.

     Above is a close up of the 6+2 PCI-e connector.  This connector is compatible with the newest "300W PCI-e cards" as described in the latest PCI-SIG specification.  If you don't need all 8-pins, and you're lucky, you can get away with just "hinging away" the extra 2 pins.  But if there is some sort of obstruction that prevents the extra 2 pins from remaining attached, the plastic is thin enough to allow the connector to easily break apart.

     The modular interface consists of five connectors.  Three are labeled "HDD/SATA" while the last two are labeled "PCI-e."  In the remainder of this review, I will refer to the "left" PCI-e connector in the picture as "the first modular PCI-e connector" and the one on the right as "the second."

     The pin out of all five power connectors is the same, and the connectors are interchangeable.  Despite the fact that PCI-e power connectors do not require +3.3V or +5V, both voltages are available through the two red connectors labeled "PCI-e."

     Above is the full complement of included modular cables.  As you can see, the cables are sleeved all of the way to the last connector.  Aesthetics = aesthetics + 1.

     Here I show all five modular interfaces populated with modular cables.  The sleeving is interesting.  Instead of using heatshrink and a zip-tie, Antec uses these unusual tight fitting rubber grommets over the ends of the sleeves.  They look much better than the typical heatshrink and zip-tie solution.

     Unfortunately, the rubber grommets aren't infallible and once a sleeve pops out from under one of the grommets there's no getting it back in.  I think a better solution would be to heatshrink the ends and then put the grommet over the heatshrink covered sleeve.

Now let's do a head count....

Type of connector: Antec TPQ-850
ATX connector (fixed @ 550MM) 20+4
2 x 2 4-pin 12V connectors (fixed @ 550MM) 1
2 x 4 8-pin Xeon/EPS connector (fixed @ 550MM) 1
6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 0
2 x 3 PCIe (550MM, 2 fixed, 2 modular) 4
2 x 4 PCIe (fixed @ 550MM) 2*
5.25" Drive connectors (550MM + 150MM + 150MM) 9
3.5" Drive connectors (+150MM) 2
SATA Drive power connectors (550MM + 150MM + 150MM) 8
Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 0

* = The two fixed PCI-e connectors are actually 6+2 connectors.

     There isn't really 6 PCI-e connectors as the table seems to imply.  There are only four, but two of them can be used as 6 or 8-pin, as described earlier, so they are listed twice.

     At press date, the Antec website listed this power supply as having a 6-pin Xeon/AUX power connector, but my unit did not come with this connector.

     As we can see from my measurements, the cables are a healthy 550mm long.  Add to this the over-all, slightly longer than standard length of the Quattro of 180MM and the cables should have no problem reaching your motherboard and components in most cases.


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