Performance (40% of the final score) - once again we arrive at the scoring section. And this one's going to be easy. First, you have a unit that held up 80 Plus Bronze numbers, even when overloaded by 18 watts, even when cooked to 49 degrees in the hot box. Then, you have ripple and noise so low it was barely there at all. As if that weren't enough, the unit channeled its distant cousin the M12D in the overshoot transient tests and put the smackdown on nearly everything else I've ever tested. But, while those are all good things, I'd like to see the underside of the PCB cleaned up just a wee bit and the voltage stability on the 12V and 5V rails improved just a smidgeon. Today I'm going to be generous though and hand out a 9.5.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - while this unit is modular, I'm not quite sure what the point is, with so many cables already hardwired to the unit. Worse than that, there's a full length ATX12V cable and a full length EPS12V cable... both hardwired. But I do have to admit the sleeving is well done and the fan was mostly silent, even if it did start whining when the heat came on. 8.
Value (30% of the final score) - these just hit the market, so there's not much stock anywhere on them yet. Fortunately, Antec told me the MSRP on this unit: $159.95. The Seasonic M12D, which this unit comes close to performance wise, is about a hundred smackers more money. At the same time, you can get a Corsair 750W for significantly cheaper, but I'd have to say the extra cost on this unit is worth it. And if the initial retail prices I'm seeing on this unit are anywhere near accurate, Antec is going to be almost impossible to beat on this one. 10.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - I like matte black and I like matte gray. Sadly, this isn't quite my taste in gray, and the paint seems easily scratched. I think I need to go back down to 8 on this one.
Antec continues their evolution of the Truepower name with a unit that surpasses all previous Truepower incarnations easily. Coming in with performance reminiscent of models significantly more expensive and 80 Plus Bronze levels of efficiency, there's not much to hate about the Truepower New 750W. I think Antec could do with making more of the hardwired cables modular, but other than that, there's no reason you shouldn't buy one of these as soon as they hit the shelves. Signature too expensive? Too many people around you own a Corsair and you want to be different? Truepower Trio just a bit too lackluster for you? You too can have a True New.
very stable voltages
ripple? What ripple? Oh, you mean that 25mV squiggle there? That hardly counts.
did more than full rated power at 45 degrees
too many hardwired cables defeats the purpose of modular
Spandau Ballet won't stop singing in my head about being true. Time to fire up that P.M. Dawn CD. Set adrift on memory bliss of... doh!
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