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Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W Power Supply Review

Manufacturer: Antec

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series is their new top class line of power supply which features all modular cables and is 80Plus Platinum certified.  The PhaseWave design eliminates most of the internal bridge wiring by placing the two DC-to-DC converter boards right on top of the modular cable DC connector board, which along with the LLC resonant design helps boost efficiency to Platinum levels. 

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The HCP-850 Platinum PSU demonstrated excellent voltage regulation and very good efficiency along with delivering very clean DC outputs.  It’s also a quiet power supply, especially at low to mid power levels thanks to Antec’s Thermal Manager, advanced low voltage fan controller and dual ball bearing fan.  And to top it all off you get an excellent assortment of all modular cables, universal AC input with Active PFC, ErP Lot 6:2013 Compliance, Intel Haswell ready, and a 7-year warranty. 

Antec’s new OC Link allows connecting two HCP Platinum PSUs in tandem to supply power-hungry systems. Under normal operating conditions OC Link functions perfectly as advertised. However, we found that if the OC Link “slave” PSU doesn’t start up (unplugged, turned off, etc.) or encounters a fault and shuts down (overload, high temp, short circuit, etc.) the system continues running with just one PSU, which could potentially put some expensive hardware at risk.

The HCP-850 Platinum proved to be a very good premium grade power supply and competes head-to-head with the top competition in it’s class. We can certainly recommend it as a stand-alone power supply but we’re not ready to adopt OC Link just yet… hopefully soon.

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The MSRP for the Antec High Current Pro 850W Platinum power supply is $239.95 USD but you can find it online for less. ($208.98 USD @ Directron.com, August 2013).

Strengths:
• 850W continuous DC output at 50°C
• Excellent voltage regulation (±2% on three primary outputs)
• Very good efficiency (80Plus Platinum)
• Very clean DC outputs (low AC ripple)
• Latest PhaseWave design with LLC resonant topology
• Very quiet at all but the highest power levels
• Combined +12V outputs can deliver the full 850 watts
• Fully modular, sleeved, and “Stealthy” cables
• Six PCI-E connectors can support multiple high-end graphic adapters
• Dual EPS connectors (8-pin and 4+4-pin)
• Achieves ErP Lot 6:2013 compliance
• NVIDIA SLI-Ready and AMD Crossfire ready
• Intel Haswell & C7 ready
• Active PFC with universal AC input
• Antec AQ7 7-year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support

Weaknesses:
• Potential problem with OC Link in the unlikely event the “slave” PSU doesn’t turn On or shuts down due to a fault

Our thanks to Antec for sending us the HCP-850 and HCP-1000 Platinum PSUs to review. We will keep you posted as Antec works on resolving the issue with OC Link.
 

August 19, 2013 | 09:34 PM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

Modular causes more resistance...I look for a PSU with as few interconnects as possible.

August 20, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

Which does not make appreciable difference and top of the line modular PSUs can achieve as little as 0,5% deviation on main rails between idle and full load.

Also non-modular is too impractical above certain power level, with too many cables to hide.

August 19, 2013 | 09:36 PM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

Why doesn`t the US switch over to 240V ?
It is more efficient.

August 20, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

I'm guesing costs of adapting infrastructure will be pretty enormous.

August 20, 2013 | 01:29 PM - Posted by fhmuffman (not verified)

It is (was?) the biggest market for consumer electronics and appliances designed for 120 V since 1945. About half the current homes were built before 1970 and were not designed for the higher voltages (look up knob and tube wiring on wikipedia). Those all have to be upgraded along with the electrical grid and connections to the homes. Then you need some sort of 99.9% foolproof way for the current wave of people starting to suffer from Old-heimers to plug in all of the devices they have owned for 60 years.

August 20, 2013 | 10:27 PM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

I have 240 in the garage...I guess I meant to say on newer houses they could have a 240 option in the bedroom/living room...we could run more high-powered video cards easier !
240v standard in man-caves.
Is 240v a lot more dangerous ? I know the amps you can pull is at least double.
Why did Europe get to go 240 and not us ? Excepting most US garages. Welding/washers/dryers.

August 20, 2013 | 10:45 PM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

I got my answer...answer.com LOL
The US system theoretically could be made as good or better than the European system with no infrastructure change, except appliances and consumer structures themselves (collectively costing home owners billions). US houses get 240 volts at the panel. If wall outlets all were fed with 240V you'd have the lower current and higher power advantage of the European system and it would be safer too, since each "hot" would still be only 120V from ground (not 240V) which keeps the reduced shock hazard advantage. Of course it is still possible to touch the two hots.
(So in a way our system allows for more flexibility)

September 11, 2013 | 10:21 PM - Posted by justin (not verified)

Weve got 240v over here its fucking sweet if america was to switch to 240v from 120v i think the costs would be extreme plus all your electrical appliances would need to be replaced or you could use a coverter best of just getting solar or a beefy generator that supplies 240v 15amps

September 18, 2013 | 08:50 PM - Posted by KostasDiddy (not verified)

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eixe i gynaika mou kapoia kosmimata poume den ta forouse
kai kati skeuh asimenia pou den ta xrisimopoiousame,
ta peira loipon kai phga edw stin koloktroni 9 ston kurio
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mou edwse kala leuta kai etsi eksoflisa olous tous logariasmous
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September 18, 2013 | 08:51 PM - Posted by KostasDiddy (not verified)

o nikos pinei iremos to kafedaki tou kapou sto syntagma,
kapoia stigmi vlepei to filo t to giwrgo kai pernaei apo
mprosta tou kai ton fonazei.
-giwrgo ela na se kerasw kafedaki kai na ta poume

-ti einai ola auta ta xartia pou exeis mprosta sou?

-logariasmoi giorgo mou eutixws tous eksoflisa kai to
apolamvanw....

-ti? kerdises to laxeio?

-oxi niko mou alla ekana kati pou mporousa na to kanw
eixe i gynaika mou kapoia kosmimata poume den ta forouse
kai kati skeuh asimenia pou den ta xrisimopoiousame,
ta peira loipon kai phga edw stin koloktroni 9 ston kurio
spiropoulo kai ta poulisa.
mou edwse kala leuta kai etsi eksoflisa olous tous logariasmous
mou kai tora to apolamvanw....

http://www.enexyra-athina.gr/

May 10, 2014 | 07:48 AM - Posted by Hendricks (not verified)

Wow... That looks like a perfect specification for the best power supply, especially when dealing with gaming PCs and workstations. New safety features and the improved cooling methods will make it more reliable. Thanks for the news.
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September 3, 2014 | 07:01 AM - Posted by jaceki

Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W definitely is the best poer supply that I have ever used. It works perfectly, I never had any problems what so ever with it.
Cheers
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