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Yes, you heard right.

We believe there’s no limit to how we can improve and make better, cooler products year after year. With that said, when you have something to say about our products, we take it very seriously. And we’d like to show how much we appreciate your time by sending you a Wedge Bluetooth Speaker , free to your door*, when you purchase any power supply from our High Current Gamer series and write your review during the promo period of Dec 1- Dec 31, 2015. Pro-tip: there will be deals for this running all month, on Newegg. So if you’re planning on upgrading your system, building a whole new one, or just doing some overclocking when Fallout 4 comes out, pick up a PSU from the High Current Gamer series, and get a free Wedge when you write and post your review!

Here’s how:
  1. Write a review of the HCG power supply you’ve purchased during the promo period of Dec 1- Dec 31, 2015. Purchase can be made at ANY retailer- not just the ones we’ve listed.
  2. Post your review to websites such as Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Newegg, and more (see the complete list below)
  3. Fill out this claim form
  4. Enjoy crisp, clear music and calls with your shiny, new (and free) WEDGE

Here are a few of our favorite sites where you can post your review, but you might have others, too:

Amazon NewEgg Tiger Direct Best Buy Fry’s
Walmart Target Groupon NCIX Canada Computers
Office Depot Staples MicroCenter B & H Photo BJ’s Wholesale Club
CDW Shop.com SuperBiiz.com Directron Provantage
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*Free shipping within the continental US; allow 2-6 weeks to process shipment.

Terms and conditions

  • Promotion applies to purchases of Power Supply Units from the High Current Gamer series made between Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2015 .
  • Promotion is open to US residents only. Free shipping within the continental US only.
  • In order to be eligible, product review must be accompanied by proof of purchase.
  • Limit 1 per household.
  • We encourage honest feedback and reviews. Content of the product reviews will have no impact on the free gift.
  • Promotion is subject to change without any notice.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below. Happy reviewing!

 

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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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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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