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Antec High Current Pro 1000W Platinum PSU Review
|Product:||Antec High Current Pro HCP-1000 Platinum|
|Date:||Thu, Oct 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
Ante HCP-1000W PSU Conclusion
It is clear that the HCP-1000 Platinum is a premium product, designed by Antec to please the craving needs of the most hardcore enthusiasts. As it is these products which define much of a company's reputation, Antec apparently left nothing to chance and approached one of the most capable OEMs, Delta Electronics.
The power supplies from Antec usually are visually unpretentious and the HCP-1000, even though it is a fully modular power supply designed for hardcore enthusiasts, is not much of an exception. Antec certainly made some effort to enhance the aesthetics of the HCP-1000; however, their cosmetic augmentations were limited to a very good paint job, a unique fan grill and a lot of stickers, the latter of which is most likely more of a negative point than a positive one.
Even though the appearance of the HCP-1000 is not very special, there is much more to this power supply than what meets the eye. When it comes to quality, the HCP-1000 is remarkably close to perfection. Down to the smallest capacitor and transistor, Antec went with some of the highest quality parts we have ever seen inside a consumer power supply. Combine that with an OEM reputable for being among the best manufacturers on the planet and the result is a product that "immaculate" is not enough of a word to describe. Antec retails this product with a 7 year old warranty and the reason is very clear.
The HCP-1000 bears the 80Plus Platinum certification and therefore the very high efficiency is taken for granted; however, enthusiasts care about more than just the electrical efficiency of a power supply, which is not always an indicative figure of a PSU's overall performance. Aside from the very high electrical efficiency however, this power supply delivered exceptional results in most of our tests. With such a ripple suppression and thermal performance, the HCP-1000 has little to fear from competition. Acoustics do spoil the otherwise textbook performance of the HCP-1000, which power supply remains relatively quiet up to 60% capacity.
Value a relative term and depends on both the budget and the requirements of the user. The Antec HCP-1000 has been primarily designed to please hardcore enthusiasts in terms of performance and quality. As Delta is an expensive OEM, Antec had to hold back on aesthetic enhancements in order to retain competitiveness against other manufacturers; still, the HCP-1000 is a fully modular unit, the appearance of which ought to be satisfactory for the largest percentage of users. The Antec HCP-1000 can be found retailing from $238.28, a fair price for an 80Plus Platinum certified 1kW power supply capable of such performance figures and backed up with a 7 year long warranty.
Legit Bottom Line: The Antec HCP-1000 power supply is highly recommended for hardcore enthusiasts and crazed overclockers who are after the best possible quality and performance, while aesthetics and acoustics are secondary objectives. Competing products of the Antec HCP-1000 in terms of ripple suppression and quality can be counted on one hand, so there aren't too many power supplies like this one!
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Page 1 - Antec HCP-1000W Power Supply
Page 2 - Unboxing the HCP-1000
Page 3 - External Design of the HCP-1000
Page 4 - A look inside the HCP-1000
Page 5 - PSU Test Setup
Page 6 - Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - Ante HCP-1000W PSU Conclusion