Antec High Current Platinum HCP-850 850W Power Supply Review

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Antec HCP-850 Platinum PSU Review Introduction

Antec has been an old and well-known player in the power supply market. The company currently offers a very wide range of products, trying to satisfy all users and budgets. We have tested a few of their products in the past, such as the gamer-oriented HCG-520M and the highly efficient EA-650 Platinum. For those not easily satisfied, Antec decided to combine the modular design and aggressive appearance of their HCG series with the extremely high efficiency of their EA series; thus, the High Current Pro series was born, a line of products offering, for a hefty price tag, the highest possible performance and the largest possible number of features, to those users who are not satisfied with anything but the very best.

Antec HCP-850 80Plus Platinum PSU

Today we will be having a close look at the 850W version of the High Current Pro series, the HCP-850. The HCP-850 is a modular power supply with a very long list of features and a seven year long warranty. As all of the High Current Pro products, the HCP-850 also comes with an 80Plus Platinum certification, the highest currently available on a retail product (note: recently, a higher level has been specified for the 220/230V AC markets, the 80Plus Titanium; however no retail product can be found carrying it at this point of time). The downside is that the HCP-850 currently retails for $198.48 + shipping, making it one of the most expensive 850W units available and nearly twice as expensive as mainstream 800-900W products, even those coming from another high-performance series of Antec. Does the HCP-850 really worth the hefty price tag? We will find out in this review.

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Manufacturer’s features

  • 850W Continuous Power – Guaranteed 850W of Continuous Power from Antec
  • 80 PLUS® PLATINUM certified – Up to 94% efficient, to reduce your electricity bill
  • Save Energy and Money – Reduce your electricity bill by up to 25%
  • AQ7 – Antec Quality 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support
  • 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
  • 28(20+8)-pin MBU socket – World’s first socket for possible future MBU connectors
  • 135 mm DBB Silence – Whisper-quiet high-quality double ball bearing fan with long lifetime
  • Thermal Manager – An advanced low voltage fan control for optimal heat & noise management
  • 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
  • OC Link™ – Allows 2 HCP Platinums to work in tandem to power the most demanding systems
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Stealth Wires – All wires darkened for minimal visibility in chassis
 

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