I’d like to talk about Antec’s High Current Pro line of PSUs, but what can I say about one of the world’s best PSUs that hasn’t already been said?
Let’s start with the most important aspect of a PSU-power. We already know that when pro Overclocker HiCookie set the Overclocking World Record in Madrid he did it using a High Current Pro 850. So it’s common knowledge that the Antec HCP line of PSU is ready to run the most demanding rigs.
But how does the HCP do this? Well, first, there is Continuous Power rating. It’s a point of pride for Antec to ensure Continuous Power. That means a Continuous Power-rated 850 watt PSU will not just peak at 850, it can put out 850 watts for as long as necessary. Second, Antec’s HCP uses the best materials possible to ensure optimal conductivity and stability. For example, gold-plated terminals for better conduction, Japanese capacitors for tight DC stability and heavy duty 16 AWG gauge wires for greater conductivity. The result is 99% +12V output, ideal for power hungry CPU/GPU combos. The HCP also features PhaseWave™ Design – A server-class full-bridge LLC design with a synchronous rectification based on a DC-DC topology.
But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s take a look at some of the REVIEWS . These aren’t “professional reviewers”. These aren’t marketing bots, these are real PC Enthusiasts and this is what they want you to know about the HCP’s power.
- “I regularly push well past 1200 watts for sustained periods. and I have had nothing but excellent results.“ (HCP 1200)
- “Always been a big fan of Antec, this PSU is a good reason why.” (HCP 850)
- “This beast powers 7 HD, 8Gb ram, an overclocked Extreme CPU, a GTX 580, and 6 gase fans, and it doesn’t even break a sweat!” (HCP 1200)
Silence is Still Golden
But all this power must create noise right? I mean, I don’t want my PC to sound like a washing machine when I’m playing Skyrim on ultra settings. So how can a stronger PSU not make more noise? Well, I’m glad you asked.
One way is by installing superior fans. First, the HCP line uses a 135mm (that’s big) Pulse Width Modulation, double ball bearing fan. You can read about PWM fans here. Second, Antec’s Thermal Manager-an advanced low-voltage fan control for noise management. In short, this uses lower voltage steps to gradually change your fan’s speed, so you don’t hear your fan speed up or kick on and off.
So even when the HCP is releasing its earth-shattering power, it does it without making a noisy fuss. Again, don’t take my word for it. Just checkout the and see some more opinions from “regular” folks.
- “The large fan in the power supply is controlled by the sensors in the circuitry, not by an external connection to the motherboard as some power supplies are designed. Being large, it does not have to turn fast, and I cannot hear it even with the case open.” (HCP 1200)
- “Very quiet. Very impressed with the fan inside.” (HCP 750)
So, OK the HCP is silent and deadly, but you’re in it for the long hall, you want something that will last. Well, the HCP still has got you covered. Aside from the AQ5 – Antec Quality 5 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support, the HCP comes with a full array of protections to keep your PC running for years. Power imbalances are perhaps the biggest threat to a PSU, that’s why the HCP comes with a full suite of current protections called CircuitShield™. These seven levels of protection protect your PSU and your PCs components from many types of threats. This means the HCP line’s Mean Time between Failures MTBF is 100,000 hours. That might not sound like a lot of gaming, but call us when your Steam account says you’ve played 100,000 hours of XCOM. Again, let’s let the customer feedback speak…
- “Multi-Rail for better over current protection. A major selling point for me.” (HCP 850)
- “This thing is a beast. My voltages are so stable they look like static numbers to the third and fourth decimal place.” (HCP 1200)
First, the HCP line uses Universal Input, that means it not only plugs into EU or US power sockets, but its internal wiring is meant to handle 100V to 240V grids. Second, the HCP features special 10-pin modular connectors for improved flexibility and, third, four High Current rails with 40A each. Lets take a look at a review…
- “Excellent modular setup that can accomodate most any case setup and power needs. Has connectors galore and allows for a free airflow case when using only the minimum of items needed.” (HCP 850)
But a strong silent PSU is great, but you don’t want to see a whopping electricity bill at the end of the month. Well, I don’t blame you. But, even with its unbridled power, the High Current Pro line is one of the most energy efficient PSUs on the market. Each is 80 PLUS® GOLD certified up to 92% efficiency. This has been sown to represent a 20% reduction in your PC’s over all power consumption when compared to similar PSUs. In addition to being ErP Lot 6 compliant, the HCP line also uses Active Power Factor Correction to reduce blind power waste. Here is what some users had to say about their HCP purchases….
- “The power consumption is low and the output is very stable.” (HCP 850)
- “Your money will be paid back by reduced power consumption due to efficiency.”(HCP 750)
High Current Pro line of PSUs comes in 750, 850 and 1200W versions. They are available for purchase via the Antec website at fine places such as
Finally, let’s give the professional reviewers a chance to give their opinions.
Overclockers.com: Perfection is hard to come by, but this unit does a mighty good job. (HCP 850)
TweakTown : Antec has brought a fantastic power supply to the market with the HCP-1200. The unit performs on a nearly flawless level from start to finish, is built really well, and is packed full of features. You simply couldn’t ask for more out of the HCP-1200. It would be nearly impossible to find a better 1200W power supply and we highly recommend that you consider the HCP-1200 should you require that much power.
BitTech: Its 100 per cent stable, highly efficient, quiet and has oodles of connectors. You pay for the privilege of owning one, of course, but long-term stability and peace of mind is worth the price.