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Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M 520W Power Supply Review
|Product:||High Current Gamer HCG-520M 520W|
|Date:||Tue, Sep 04, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
HCG-520M review conclusion
As we mentioned in the introductory page of this article, most adept PC users realize that they do not need monstrous units for their everyday or even for typical PCs. Antec presented the HCG-520M as a high quality solution for gamers and enthusiasts who do want a high performance product but own a system which does not really require a massive power output. Truly, the internal quality of the HCG-520M is amongst the best we have ever seen, especially at this low a power range. Antec's choice of components might have been expensive but undoubtedly they will increase the longevity of the power supply and, although we do not really like the presence of so much glue, the assembly quality is above acceptable.
When it comes to performance, the HCG-520M leaves mixed feelings. Electrically, the HCG-520M excels over ripple suppression, displaying outstanding filtering and thus there is virtually no ripple at all, but the regulation on the minor lines is weak, allowing the lines to fluctuate by as much as 4.6% between 20% and maximum load. Thermally and acoustically, the unit does perform great while nominally loaded but it will not enjoy being heavily stressed for prolonged periods of time. Finally, the efficiency of the HCG-520M is very good but not much better than what anyone would expect from an 80Plus Bronze certified unit.
With a retail price of $81.84 at the time of this review, the Antec HCG-520M offers good value for money but is not beyond the reach of competition, as multiple similar products may be found within the same price range. Although most people would buy the modular version of the HCG-520 for the aesthetic improvement over the normal unit, the HCG-520M is certainly worth the extra cost even if your case does not have a windowed side panel. The retail price difference is miniscule, less than $10 at the time of this review, while the modular design and the half-black cables are definite visual and practical improvements.
Legit Bottom line:The Antec HCG-520M unit is recommended for casual gamers and adept PC users who are going to power single GPU gaming systems or typical home PCs and would like to use a reliable and visually attractive product capable of good overall performance.
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Page 1 - Antec HCG-520M Review
Page 2 - Unboxing the power supply
Page 3 - External Design
Page 4 - A look inside
Page 5 - Test Setup
Page 6 - Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - HCG-520M review conclusion