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Antec – HIGH CURRENT PRO 850

Wazzup Dawfreaks!
I’m back after Christmas with a MINI hardware review, The friendly people over at Antec sent me a HIGH CURRENT PRO 850W PSU for my silent studio pc guide.
Lets get going.


 

A little about Antec.
Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.
This info was taken from http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/?page=info

 

 

HIGH CURRENT PRO 850W

 

 

Features

 

  • 850 watts of Continuous Power
  • 80 PLUS™ Gold certified – up to 92% efficient
  • NVIDIA® SLI®-Ready certified, ATI CrossFireX™ certified
  • High Current Hybrid Cable Management utilizes a 10-pin modular connector system
  • Special heavy-gauge 16 AWG High Current cable for CPU connectors boosts conductivity, increasing efficiency and improving power delivery
  • 2 x 8-pin CPU connectors included for dual-CPU gaming, server applications and high-end motherboards
  • Gold-plated high-current terminals for optimal conductivity
  • 135 mm double ball bearing PWM fan for optimal and quiet cooling
  • Four fully-protected High Current +12V rails ensure high-end CPU and graphics cards compatibility
  • Up to 99% power available on +12V rails
  • DC-to-DC voltage regulator modules ensure stability and higher efficiency
  • Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors for long-term reliability
  • Double-layer PCB allows for heavy-duty components
  • ATX12V version 2.3 and EPS12V version 2.92 compliant
  • Full suite of industrial grade protection: – Over current protection (OCP) – Over voltage protection (OVP) – Short circuit protection (SCP) – Over power protection (OPP) – Over temperature protection (OTP)
  • All cables braided and wrapped for better airflow and neatness
  • Universal Input works on any 100V – 240V grid
  • Active PFC with PF: 0.99
  • MTBF: 100,000 hours
  • Meets ErP Lot 6: requirement: 5Vsb < 1W
  • AQ5 Antec Quality 5 year limited warranty on parts and labor
  • Safety: cUL, TÜV, CE, CB, FCC, C-TICK, CCC, BSMI, Gost-R
  • Unit Dimensions
    – 86 mm (H) x 150 mm (W) x 180 mm (D)
    – 3,4″ (H) x 5,9″ (W) x 7,1″ (D)
  • Package Dimensions
    – 290 mm (H) x 240 mm (W) x 120 mm (D)
    – 4,7″ (H) x 9,4″ (W) x 11,4″ (D)
  • Weight
    – Net : 2,5 kg / 5,5 lbs
    – Gross : 3,9 kg / 8,5 lbsSource for this info http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjcyNQ==

     

    The box
    Antec sent the HCP-850 box well packed and protected for any damage during the shipment, and the box it self speaks for Quality.

    Next follows a couple of images for the HCP-850 BOX
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    Lets continue and se what’s inside the box.
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    Everything is nicely packed.

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    In one of the bags we find all the modular cables you may need.


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    The HCP-850 PSU is placed in a nice looking bag.

     

    I pulled out the HCP-850 from the bag.
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    The HCP-850 comes with a dark blue color, and the first impression is quality at its finest.
    The fan included is a 135 mm double ball bearing PWM fan that looks to be a great fan.

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    Spinning the HCP-850 around we can se the 10-pin modular connector system.

     

    Installation.
    The great thing about a modular PSU is that you only have the cables you need inside your case. This makes the cable management nice and the actual installation process easy.
    All the cables on the HCP-850 had good length and fit nice into my Fractal design Define XL.

    Since the Define XL has a separate chamber for the PSU with intake cutout with dust filter at the bottom, I mounted the HCP-850 with the fan facing down.
    By doing this I make sure that the PSU will get optimal cooling so the fan wont have to spin up to much even on the warmer seasons of the year.
    The installation took about 40 min with cable management, this includes the uninstalling of my old PSU.
    I must say though that the cables where a bit stiff to work with.

    IMG_0134 IMG_0135

     

    Testing.

    Test setup
    Motherboard
    :Gigabyte x58a-ud3r rev.2
    Cpu: Intel i7 930 @ stock 2.8ghz
    Cpu cooler: noctua nh-u12p se
    Ram: 12gb Corsair vengeance DDR 3 1600mhz
    Graphic card: msi 560 ti twin frozr
    Hdd´s: System disk Kingston SSDnow v+100 128 gb,
    two 1tb samsung spinpoint f3 hdd.

    Sadly I don’t own any PSU testing hardware or software, so I can just give you my overall usage experience of the HCP-850.
    Now I work allot with music so A PSU will not get stressed, But I do also play some games and I have not once heard the HCP-850 fan ramp up.
    This PSU is dead quiet for anything I do and since I installed the HCP-850 my PC is close to silent.
    Now for any Studio PC THE HCP-850 is perfect since it offers all the power you will need and is the most quiet PSU I have used.

     

    PROS
    + pure quality PSU
    + Modular
    + dead quiet
    + Stable
    + SLI ready

    Cons
    – A bit high price
    – somewhat stiff cables

    Conclusion.
    Buying a PSU can be a pain, there are many manufacturers who claim SILENT performance but you will soon notice that this is never is the truth.
    One thing is certain, You nearly always get what you pay for.
    Antec brands the HIGH CURRENT Pro 850 with “Quiet computing”, and the price tag is roughly $ 175-190 but you really get what you pay for.
    The Antec HCP-850 is easy to install, its stable and most important lives up to the
    “Quiet computing” Antec states.

    If you want a quiet stable and well built PSU, Take my word on it…
    The Antec HIGH CURRENT PRO 850 is well worth the money.

    The verdict
    4of5
    The price still is a bit to high for 5/5

  • Thanks for reading

    and pleas leave post any thoughts.

 

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