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Antec Case Mod Tribute to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

“Our bond is iron, our will unbreakable, who will stand against us?” – Grommash Hellscream

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With the November 13th release of the Warlords of Draenor™, the fifth expansion in the massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, we decided to pay tribute with a PC case mod that looks at home on the battlefields of Draenor. And since this expansion’s release also marks the tenth anniversary of the WoW franchise, we figured we would pair up our own Eleven Hundred V2 pc gaming case for creating a case mod worthy of the Iron Horde. The result of the case mod project, dubbed the “Relic of Hellscream,” is something we’d display proudly on our desk top or show off at the next LANfest. We’re taking you behind the build with details on the amount of work that went into it, and photos to go along. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway sweepstakes, below!

In a nutshell, the plot of WoD takes place after the events of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as Garrosh Hellscream escapes trial and travels back in time to a pivotal moment in Warcraft history, stopping the Orcs from drinking the Blood of Mannoroth, which prevents their enslavement by the Burning Legion. In doing so, Garrosh creates an alternate timeline where he forms a new Iron Horde and tries to create a Dark Portal to wage war on present-day Azeroth. The case mod is an ode to the Iron Horde’s siege weapons.

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We partnered up with Bill Owen, Pro Modder from Mnpctech to create this Antec 1100 Case Mod Tribute. The case we selected for this project hails from Antec’s Gaming series, the Eleven Hundred V2. Armed with good looks, good airflow with plenty of room for additional fans, nine expansion slots, and grommet-lined holes for cable management, the Eleven Hundred V2 is easy to build with and is a great canvas for case mods like this.

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To create the case with a weathered, authentic look, Bill used a Dremel to add texture and finished with airbrushing and dry brushing effects. The effort that went into doing it was no small feat—Bill, asserting that, “Iron Horde Orcs didn’t have CNC Machines,” needed to make this fan grill look like it was forged from iron by Siegecrafter Blackfuse himself. Bill used the 120mm Billet Fan Grill Blow Hole Kit to create his custom “Iron Horde” front intake grill. The 120mm Blow hole fan grill is CNC machined from 3/16″ thick 6061 aluminum, while the crest is made from black acrylic, and hand painted to look like it was carved from stone.

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The Eleven Hundred V2 is outfitted with a whole new front intake, with drive bay covers that look like they were made from hardwood. Bill used a Dremel to craft the edges and dry brushed the wood grain effect.

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The aluminum mesh adds a very Medieval-esque touch, as it resembles chainmail armor, and the side panel has slotted aluminum mesh. The framework is studded with polished billet aluminum spikes throughout. Aluminum diamond mesh pieces are added to the openings along the 5.25” drive bays, and the clear side panel is replaced by smoked acrylic.

The case is flanked on both sides by artwork. On one side, the skull emblem is inspired by Hellscream’s shoulder strap buckle, and is meticulously airbrushed by hand. The Iron Horde’s emblem is airbrushed on the opposite panel.

 

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So there you have it, a case mod that looks as fierce as its namesake. Do not try this at home- at least without the proper safety gear and precautions. A big thanks to Bill for building this epic mod, and to Mnpctech for the mod parts, supplies and modding tools. Please consider shopping Mnpctech for your next custom AMD or Intel Gaming PC project. Also, cosplay artist Lisa Lou Who took some amazing shots with her custom-made Gorehowl– check out her page as well.

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But wait, there’s more! We didn’t want to part with this case, but since we’re nice, we’re doing a contest on our Facebook page. The winner will get to recreate this badass build, with the Grand Prize package that includes this one-of-a-kind case mod, along with our new EDGE PSU and Kuhler 1250.

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DIY!

DIY – Do it yourself! But…why?

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BUT WHY?!?

Building your own system is very rewarding and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Here’s a few of the many reasons to consider and can hopefully convince you to start building your own system.

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Getting Started

If you have no hardware experience, the idea of building a computer from the ground up seems daunting—but it’s one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on. It only makes sense that buying an already built retailer’s pc is more convenient for us all and saves us a lot of time. Like they say “Why build when you can just buy one?” that’s a great question. Some even say that building your own system can be a money saver, which is true in some degree, but that’s not the best reason to commit on a project like this. In my own personal experience, building my first rig was a fantastic hands-on educational experience, time consuming yes! but, very rewarding. It gave me a deep sense of satisfaction every single day when I press the power button, watch it light up, and know that I was responsible for this creation! Some of us spend hours per day on a computer and not even know how that little mysterious black box does all these amazing things for us. Putting together your own rig gives you a glimpse of the mystery inside the black box.With your own build you can customize your system just how you like it, you can make it your perfect media center or your ultimate gaming machine. Upgrading your PC in the future becomes easier and cheaper, because your parts aren’t required to be bought from a specific manufacturer. With a custom build you can do fun stuff like overclock your CPU and get “more bang for your buck” (as they say).

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Unnecessary Pre-Installed Softwares

No Pre-Installed unnecessary software  Norton Internet Security Trial, why? I’d venture a guess that the average number of useless pre-installed garbage programs that come on a machine measures at 10-15. These programs are generally useless and completely use up you valuable processing power, taking a clear toll on your system stability. These programs border on Adware and Malware programs (that many offer ANOTHER software to remove them for you if you dish out that additional $19.95). By building your own system, you start with a blank hard drive and whatever operating system and software you choose to install. That’s it.

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Submerged Rig

Build from the ground up Whether you’re in the market for aesthetics or pure performance, 99% of the time, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Like in the car industry, there are tons of aftermarket parts out there that you may have never heard of, cases with clear windows and LED lights can make even the nerdiest kid  seem cool (but only to his friends). You can even make the most outdated system seem like brand new and cool! Until they actually turn on your computer or look inside your rig. There are literally thousands of ways to personalize your machine to your visual tastes as well as completely tailored to your actual computing needs. Did heat kill your last machine? No worries, throw about five more fans on there and a heat sink the size of a soda can or install liquid cooling! (I suggest the Kuhler 1250!) or if you live inside a volcano, why not just submerge your system in water?!

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Done!

You’re so pro! While the task may seem daunting at first, it’s actually quite straightforward to put together a computer. All you need is a small screwdriver, some plastic wire ties, and a pair of wire cutters and you can put one together. Anyone who can read can follow the motherboard hook ups, each specific cable are specifically matched to only go into one slot, if it doesn’t click its best not to force anything in! It took me about 4 hours to build my first system, now I could do one in less than an hour. There will be some trial and error, but other than that it’s a simple game of patience. It take a couple of practice builds, as time goes on, you’ll be able to build a rig just like the image above!

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Word Of Advice

But beware….know what you’re getting into! Don’t get me wrong, building your own system can be fun, self fulfilling, a great experience, etc…. all that good stuff, but you will come across some problems, some WTF moments (more than you can count), and it will be very frustrating. And on top of that, it takes a good amount of time researching, will test your patience and willingness to deal with unseen problems that will take some time to troubleshoot. If you’ve never taken a shot at opening a PC’s case and installed parts, like a higher end GPU or a simple hard drive, I recommend starting there first. If you managed to swap/add out those components and your computer didn’t explode, good job! But then you might think that building a new rig is just a matter of snapping together a few parts. It is, but building from the ground up takes much more than an hour or two. My build took three and a half days, a newegg order, a returned board, two trips to Fry’s, one sales associate who gave me the “what the hell is this guy talking about look” when I asked a question, and a trip to Best Buy. If that sounds like a lot, well, it was and there were moments in the process when I wished I’d just bought an already built HP desktop. But when it finally all came together, all that sweat and blood (you get cuts here and there!) makes the results even sweeter. So go out and start building your own custom machines today!

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Under powered PSU Myth

An Underpowered PSU Myth and Fact

Constantly cruising the blogosphere and internet forums can expose you to a lot of information. It seems that everyone is an expert, so who do you trust?
One discussion that seems to keep popping up again and again is poor PC gaming performance and how to improve it. Surprisingly we saw more than a few
threads that looked like this:

Q: “HELP! My BF4 keeps artifacting!”

With the response: “Check your PSU”

Or

Q: I am getting horrible frame rates!

A: What kind of PSU do you have?

While it certainly is great to get free advice, this advice probably does more harm than good, here’s why: Good or bad, your PSU does not affect your PC’s
performance.

That’s right; a malfunctioning PSU will not affect your frame rate just as replacing an old PSU will not speed up your PC.

This requires a bit of a technical explanation. As you know a computer PSU converts the AC (alternating current) that comes from the wall socket into DC (direct current) that your computer components want (that is why laptop power cables have that large brick, it’s a converter). So as the names suggest, AC power is like a wave, it rises and falls, where DC power is more continuous, like a line.

To provide an illustration, many people see PSU and performance to be a proportional relationship much like that of a flashlight. New batteries mean a strong beam and a flickering or dim beam means low power. But that’s not the case with your computer’s PSU. When it comes to PSU, either your PSU can power your gaming PC’s components. Or it can’t.

But how do you know when your PSU is bad, under strength or malfunctioning?

Easy, in most cases your entire system will just shut down.

Allow me to explain. A quality PSU will include integrated safety features such as over and under current protection. These features are designed to detect a power deficiency and shut down your gaming PC before it begins to damage components. So if your power level drops below the necessary levels, even for a second, these safety features kick in and shut down your PC preventing damage. This can mean the blue screen of death, a black-screen or just a full system crash.

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Blue screen of death

While it might be annoying, this ‘fail safe’ is meant to protect your PC, its components and you.

So what if these safety and fail-safe measures malfunction or don’t exist?

Then you have a real problem. Sometimes the PSU is still able to provide its 12 volts, but not stability (see Continuous Power). This type of  an underperforming PSU can ‘blow caps’ where the soldering melts off the PCBs. Even worse is a full PSU failure. This is bad; without safety features like Circuit Shield, a PSU failure can mean a problem of the smoky, flamey variety. No exaggeration, to be clear, we are talking about exploding PCs. So, therefore, a PSU’s safety features are just as vital as its wattage.

So when choosing a PSU or trying to improve performance, you have a lot to consider. You certainly want to make sure that you have enough power to push
all your hardware and deciding what is ‘enough’ a full discussion better left for next time. But the main point is, if you PC isn’t performing, I feel bad
for you son, you might have 99 problems, but your PSU aint one.

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Cool your system your way

Many people believe that there is only one way to cool a case, that isn’t always true. There are a lot of factors that are involved if you want to cool your rig as efficiently as possible. Below, I broke down some factors that should be considered, as well as different configurations when it comes to setting up your “Air Flow System”.

Case Selection:

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People forget how important it is to choose the right case for the right setup. A properly cooled computer starts with a case. Look at your budget and choose the appropriate case depending on what you are trying to achieve. A well ventilated case ensures the most critical and power hungry components of the computer get the cooling they need in order to operate efficiently. Make sure to check each case’s features, some are ideal for gaming others are more suitable for quiet computing.

Fact: The Arrhenius Equation – Component life doubles with each 10 degree temperature decrease

Cable Management:

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Cable management is very important for any builds.  The excess cable clutter can prevent optimal air flow throughout the system. Having disorganized cabling is one of the leading causes of having dust build up within the case.  Dust build up can prevent air flow making the system run hotter. Also, many cables are designed for maximum thermal insulation and they can still radiate heat towards other areas of the computer. Simply put, cable management offers better air flow, safety, and aesthetics.

 

**Note**

Cable management is not a must for all system set ups, however it is highly recommended if you’ll be using your system for gaming or over clocking.

 

Air Flow Configurations:

Equalized Airflow – Push / pull or Fan in / Fan out System

– Warm air naturally rises, so the ideal way to remove the heat it is to draw cool air from the lowest points of the case and exhaust through the highest points of the case. Adding a push/pull configuration in the front of the case fan adds faster airflow through the case for more cooling capabilities (if your case supports it). You can setup your airflow however direction you want, as long as the flow is in one straight line…or more like an “S” flow of air, this setup is called Equalized Airflow. Insufficient cooling can shorten your component’s lifespan and degrade their performance.

Positive Pressure Airflow – More Air in Than Air Out

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Positive Pressure Airflow

– This setup is recommended for an enthusiast-oriented configuration. Positive pressure is overwhelmingly a benefit; it reduces dust in your system. If your case is well designed, it should include fan filters in an attempt to catch most of the dust before it can get in the chassis before a dust build up. Positive Airflow improves heat transfer and will aid the rear/top exhaust fans. This set up also Maximize graphics card cooler’s efficiency; most GPUs are designed to exhaust air toward the rear to prevent heated air from being recycled back into the chassis.

 

Negative Pressure Airflow System – More Air Out Than Air In

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Negative Pressure Airflow System

– This setup will pull out more heat but will suck in more dust through the expansion slots and other mesh area of the case. As I mentioned above, most GPUs exhaust air through the rear, having an exhaust rear fan may potentially suck the warm air coming from your GPU back into the case, which isn’t good. It can build up heat quickly if the airflow is restricted in any way so you need to be sure you temperatures are in the safe ranges during heavy gaming activity because heat can build up quickly. If you are not over clocking, a properly designed negative pressure airflow system will work well with exhaust fans only and no intake fans at all, unless spot cooling is needed for a hot spot.

So which is better? Negative, Positive or Equalized airflow?

It depends on the case, components used and how they are arranged. In other words, what works better for one setup won’t be the best option for another. That is why I don’t think there is a “best” best setup out of the three. Some cases are much more suited to one over the other. Especially when account for obstruction. A good example is a server case, pretty much all of them are designed for positive air pressure configuration, but they are all designed around air channels and set flow paths in their cases.

Airflow Test:

First of all, check if the temperature is right. Then you can test its effectiveness by allowing smoke to be sucked into the case. If the smoke is almost immediately evacuated, your case is set up properly. If it lingers in the case for a while, or get in the corners without being evacuated, you need to change your cooling setup. Since every case is different, you will just have to experiment with fan placement, power, and direction to get the best airflow. Here’s a quick tutorial video I found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5oXqfg7vo

**On a side note: Direction is key, having the flow directed at the components you want cooled makes all the difference**

Key Notes:

Positive Airflow = More intake fans than exhaust

Negative Airflow = More exhaust fans than intake

Equalized Airflow = same number of intake fans to exhaust

 

Adding a side fan(s):

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Optional

– I’m a big fan of side fans. You’ll hear/read people gripe about how it interferes with their fan orientation, but if you have a well balanced intake/exhaust and position your fans correctly, it can be very beneficial. Basically, you are feeding cooler air directly onto your Motherboard/CPU, where it’s needed the most. Air coming from the front intake fan, passes through most of the case before hitting your crucial components; absorbing heat all along the way.

In the end, it is really up to you, if you decide to just to a quick build to save you time, go for it, but be prepared for complications that might occur later. I DO however highly suggest looking into airflow configurations and learning about properly cooling your rig. Building a system is like an investment where you put a good amount of time and money in to, so taking the appropriate pre-cautions are the way to go.

 

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Upgrade!

Upgrade to water cooling now!

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Standard CPU Heatsink

Standard

For many years, air cooling is the standard in cooling computer components from overheating. Helps get rid of excess heat and lengthens your systems lifespan considerably. Because of this long time span, the idea of cooling your rig had enough time to evolve into various types, styles and sizes. Some methods I’m referring to are submerged cooling, open chassis cooling, custom water loop cooling, or all in one water cooling. Like any other technology, there will always be a newer, performs better than the old. I’ll only focus on one component that I feel like needs the highest priority when it comes to cooling, the CPU.

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Kuhler 1250

Next level cooling

Some users might argue that it may not be necessary to purchase a new CPU cooler that it’ll be just a waste of money. But you should always consider upgrading the stock cooler, even if it’s with just another air cooler. Stock coolers tend to perform poorly compared to larger sized air coolers with more efficient fans. But there is a draw back on that as well; large CPU coolers tend to stress out your motherboard because of their weight. And on top of that, dealing with dust build ups won’t be a fun process either. To solve this problem, I would highly recommend liquid cooling. I know what you’re thinking, water inside my system = bad news. There are two kinds of water cooling set ups; one way is a fully custom water loop that you’d have to put together all the parts yourself. This method isn’t recommended to just anyone, configuring this kind of setup takes time and experience; it’ll also require high maintenance in the future. Then there’s the more “set it and forget it” route, which doesn’t require years of experience to install while drastically improving your CPU’s heat performance. I’m referring to All-In-One water coolers. You only need to install it once and won’t require maintaining it constantly in the future. It’s the ideal route to take if you’re looking to explore and get into water cooling. The liquid used is a low conductive mixture that loops from the radiator to the CPU block which dissipates heat faster than air cooling does. Not only will the CPU run cooler at idle and under load, but it will also improve the overall airflow of the system by giving you tons of space to work with. Not to mention, it will reduce the noise coming from your computer considerably.

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Easy Installation

User Friendly

Because of the difficulty of building a system with a full water loop set up, we at Antec released our Kuhler H20 series, pre-built liquid coolers which are now known as Closed-loop liquid cooling systems. The pump, reservoir, tubing, radiator and a fan is all part of one system and doesn’t require the end user to assemble anything. These systems are pre-filled and ready to go; all you really need to do is mount it in your chassis and turn it on. These have relatively low maintenance requirement will last a long time. If you don’t have the time to get into complex liquid cooling systems, I recommend upgrading to closed loop coolers, it’ll bring get you the joy of liquid cooled system at a fraction of a cost and step away from the traditional air coolers.

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Leakage

Concerns

One of the major concerns on these AIO coolers is leakage. Leaks are very rare, especially on closed-loop systems, but they do happen. All users must be aware of this and take precautions to avoid this. At times, they occur when installation instructions are not properly followed. For example, bending the tubing too much can cause cracks which will turn into leaks. Using longer screws than intended can puncture a radiator core during the mounting process. Or it could be just bad batch of parts, quality control issues or other manufacturing defects. Having that said, don’t be discourage! Those will never happen to high quality AIO liquid coolers; I highly recommend doing research before purchasing one. Bottom line is if you’re not prepared to deal with this low-risk factor of liquid cooling system, then it’s best to stick with air cooled components, but you will be missing out with all the benefits I mentioned from water cooling.

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Space saver

Why upgrade?

Generally the reasoning behind a water cooling system is not so much to improve your overclocking capabilities and break records any time soon. But to lower the temperatures to a more comfortable level under load, as well as reduce noise significantly. I’ll be honest, to some users, the only reason they upgrade to water cooling is that liquid coolers just sounds and looks “COOLER” than a standard air cooler. It is mainly used for aesthetics, showing off the components insider their rig through windowed side panel. I have no problem with that, if you worked hard on it, might as well show it off right? So there’s always two sides on everything, liquid coolers have the “cool factor” side and of course the superior performance and benefits overall. Bottom line is, it’s much better to cool with liquid coolers because the heat builds up slower in liquid (heat transfers more efficiently to liquid than air) and it’s faster to cool CPU blocks with liquids than air.

Kuhler 1250: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209080

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Review Round Up

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This week’s review roundup, I’ll be focusing on reviews of HCP-1300 Platinum. Since the HCP-1300 Platinum reveal back in 2012, a lot of reviewers wanted to get their hands on this baby and check out the OC-Link feature.

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JonnyGURU

JonnyGuru had set their eyes on our new HCP-1300 Platinum. Testing included both “cold testing” and “hot testing” the PSU, to top it off, sliced it open to see if there’s any funny business going on inside.

 

As expected, the HCP-1300 Platinum performed very well, here’s what they had to say…

“Antec’s HCP-1300 Platinum came just about as close to nailing a perfect total score as anything else I have ever tested. Thanks to Delta’s legendary build quality, this beast is big, powerful, and as stable as one of those big barn things you put horses into. Competition? Only from the Enermax Platimax/Revolution platform. About the only other companies I can think of that might be able to match this unit would be Superflower with their Leadex platform or Seasonic. You’re doing pretty well when you’re not only keeping up with those two but beating them at their own game.”

The Good:

  • better than excellent voltage stability
  • excellent ripple suppression
  • amazing build quality
  • OC Link for all you crypto miners out there
  • fully modular

The Bad:

  • can’t put mine back together until I order some thermal adhesive

The Mediocre:

  • so awesome it’s out of stock almost everywhere
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Recommended Award

 

Our PSU almost scored a perfect score! The verdict being 9.9 out of 10, the PSU earned the recommended award.

 

 

 

 

HardOCP also took our pushed our HCP-1300 Platinum to its limit.

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Here’s what they’ve concluded…

“The Bottom Line

The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum is the third High Current Pro Platinum power supply we have reviewed and, today, it is really the definitive product in that line. To start things off with, the build quality continues to be simply second to none and it has 7 year warranty from Antec. After that, our test results read like a list of “class leading,” “at the top of its class,” “the best we have seen to date,” “outstanding,” etc. Superlatives after a point do just get boring. If one must pry further, I would have to say this unit is probably “the it” 1300W-1350W product on the market currently and with the numbers it put up it may well be for some time going forward as, even if a product can do better in one field, this unit was at the top of the list in all of our fields. Perhaps the one area that this unit could improve in (well it could technically improve everywhere but it is in the lead currently) is the noise output as it is not silent yet. That said, it is a 1300W power supply and approximately 0% of people should be surprised that at full load it makes some noise. So, that brings us to how much this power supply will set you back. Hold on to your seats boys and girls, today this product (when you can find it in stock) is going for $303.77 which is cheaper than many of the competing products we have seen in its class. So, not only is this unit the best performing and the best built unit; it is actually a good value on top of that! That makes this unit one of the easiest buy recommendations we have seen among power supplies, maybe ever.”Goldawardpassaward

After some very precise testing, yet again the HCP-1300 Platinum performed exceptionally earning the “Editor’s choice award / Enthusiast Gold Award” and passing Paul’s tests effortlessly.

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TechPowerUp

Last review on our short list is from Techpower, they were so impressed with the performance and quality of the PSU that again, The HCP-1300 Platinum almost scored a perfect score (9.5 out of 10).

“Antec’s and Delta’s cooperation once more produced an excellent product capable of delivering mind-blowing performance. The HCP-1300 is without any doubt one of the most expensive PSUs on the market today, but I assure you that it is worth its high price since Delta put all of its experience into it, and the components they used are nothing less but topnotch, with Japanese caps and high quality mosfets and bridge rectifiers everywhere. Even the cooling fan is provided by Delta as the company also has a great tradition in that area, and while their fans are legendary for their high noise levels, they are also known for their extremely good performance and incredible reliability. With excellent performance in all areas and high efficiency throughout most of its operational range, the HCP-1300 is, generally speaking, one of the best PSUs money can buy today. The facts that it is fully modular, comes equipped with a very efficient 5VSB rail, which should in my opinion be a little stronger, and sports the OC Link feature, which allows you to easily connect two HCP-1300s in parallel if one isn’t enough for you, are some additional advantages definitely worth mentioning. The only downsides I was able to spot were the high nominal voltage on the +12V rail, which, however, some, especially the overclockers, prefer, and the hold-up time below 16ms. Neither downside is critical, including its hold-up time; I doubt many users out there will successfully push this unit to its utmost limit and the HCP-1300 will easily hit 16ms with anything less than its full load.

Antec continues the HCP legacy with a new top-of-the-line product that offers something completely different to the boring, but highly capable competition. Its price is over the top, but I think the HCP-1300 fully justifies its high price tag with its exceptional performance and high power output, especially given the high quality components it uses. If you are building an incredibly strong mining ring and need one of the best and strongest PSUs money can buy today, you must definitely take a good look at this one. Two of these units can power up to eight AMD R9 290X GPUs, which would net you 8 MH/s when mining!”

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Editor’s Choice

Yet again, the HCP-1300 Platinum performed at a very high level and added another notch under it’s belt with the “Editor’s Choice Award” over at TechPowerUp 

So after numerous precise testings, tinkering and pushing the PSU to it’s limits, the HCP-1300 Platinum have proven again and again that it deserves to be on top. But you don’t have to take my word for it, its track record speaks for itself.

Full Reviews Here: JonnyGURU HardOCP TechPowerUp

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