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Antec Goes for the Gold (Certification), Launches New PSU Series

Antec Goes for the Gold (Certification), Launches New PSU Series

The race for higher wattage power supplies has finally reached a tipping point where it's no longer feasible to keep cranking out higher rated units. Instead, PSU makers have shifted their focus to other areas in the PSU design process, most notably in efficiency. With that in mind, Antec becomes the latest to release a new line of 80 PLUS Gold certified power supplies.

Antec says their new High Current Pro lineup uses a unique full-bridge phase-shift topology for fast response time and high efficiency without the high pitched whine that's all too common in higher powered PSUs. The new series comes available in four different flavors, including the HCP-750 (750W), HCP-850 (850W), HCP-1000 (1000W), and HCP-1200 (you get the idea). All of these purportedly offer Continuous Power with at least 87 percent efficiency percent, 50 percent, and 100 percent loads, and that includes when temperatures ramp up to 50C.

Look for these to be available in July with prices to be determined at a later date.



New Series Features Four 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Power Supplies, Attaining Highest Level of Efficiency and Performance Ratings

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2010) -  Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced its newest premium line of consumer power supplies, the High Current Pro series. Available in four 80 PLUS® Gold certified models, the High Current Pro series boasts unrivaled server-grade efficiency and reliability for powering the most demanding system builds.

The High Current Pro uses a unique full-bridge phase-shift topology for fast response time, superb efficiency and none of the annoying pitch noise typically found in higher-power PSUs. The HCP-750, HCP-850, HCP-1000 and HCP-1200 with 750 watts, 850 watts, 1000 watts and 1200 watts of Continuous Power, respectively, all achieve the highest 80 PLUS® certification level, Gold, delivering their rated Continuous Power with least 87% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% loads, even at up to 50°C -- a rare distinction in energy efficiency attained by very few other power supplies. In addition, Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) on all models, with a power factor above 0.9 helps reduce electrical waste and further increases efficiency.

Reliability-boosting PSU features on the High Current Pro include all Japanese-brand capacitors, DC-to-DC voltage regulators, and unique high-amperage High Current outputs that assure graphics card compatibility. Together, these features provide the performance and rock-solid stability required for cutting-edge gaming and professional systems.

"Antec's High Current Pro series is the optimal choice for users seeking a first-class solution to power demanding system builds," said Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec. "With all four models achieving 80 PLUS® Gold certification, providing unequaled efficiency and performance, on all levels, and using top-notch components, the HCP series once again demonstrates Antec's leadership in power supply design and innovation. "

The High Current Pro series' high levels of power are delivered over overcurrent-protected +12V rails -- four rails on the HCP-750 and HCP-850, five rails on the HCP-1000 and a massive eight rails on the HCP-1200, all with specialized High Current outputs, heavy-gauge 16 AWG high-current lines at the PCI-E sockets and unique 10-pin High Current Hybrid Cable Management connectors to deliver high power along with low power losses to wiring resistance. 

Additional features include Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) double-ball bearing fans for operation up to 50 percent quieter than traditional voltage-controlled fans -- 135 mm on the HCP-750, HCP-850 and HCP-1000 and a specially configured, noise-optimized rear 80 mm fan configuration on the HCP-1200, Advanced Hybrid Cable Management to reduce cable clutter and improve airflow throughout the chassis, and double layer printed circuit board on all models -- with abundant dual double-layer PCBs on the HCP-1200 -- allow for heavy-duty components and larger traces that dissipate heat better, improving reliability and extending overall life.

The High Current Pro series includes support for Intel quad core, Core i3, Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, as well as AMD Phemon II X6 CPUs and quad GPUs. All models are NVIDIA™ SLI™-Ready, (including Triple SLI™ certification on the HCP-1200 model) and ATI CrossFireX™ certified.
The entire High Current Pro series will be available through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors in July 2010 and is backed by Antec's AQ5 Antec Quality 5-Year limited warranty on parts and labor.

About Antec, Inc.
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.

Antec's offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec's products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gaming enclosure, the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.

Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as in Germany, China and Taiwan. The company's products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Please visit www.antec.com for more information.

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They sound like solid products. Antec usually makes good PSUs and these units look like they'll carry on that tradition.

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Agreed. I have always trusted Antec PSUs. They have the strongest competition ever in this field though so it's about time they stepped up with a new lineup. 87% efficiency is pretty nice.

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I,ve have used antec products over the years and always had great results from them. I recently went to my local staples store which was renovated and added a repair shop and a whole lot of new pC,s and some components and saw a couple of Antecs new PS,s there one of them was a 750 and it really looked well designed and had a little weight to it. I was suprised that Staples had it on the shelf because they dont usually carry upper end PS, in there stores or at least not here.

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Yeah Antec makes decent equipment all the way around. I imagine these are right in that line quality wise.

I have a strange idea, what if the government made it law in the US for all PC's released have at the least an 80 plus PSU. The energy savings would probably be substantial when used in large numbers which they would be in that case. Seeing the numbers for PC shipment in all the packages, and adding that to the current time line in upgrading computer wise it really might be a valid idea.

Either way Antec adding the capabilities of these unit's is nice to see. I still find it kind of funny most computer user's or at least a very large number do not even think of the PSU or the MB as a major computer component. They generally just look at the speed rating of the CPU and size of the HD. While these are definitely things to consider The backbone (MB) and Heart (PSU) would seem to be important to me. I use a Corsair top end unit in one PC and a Thermaltake top end unit in my two desktops both rated at 80 plus one I think (the Corsair CMPSU-750TX) even goes beyond just 80+!

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rapid1:
They generally just look at the speed rating of the CPU and size of the HD.

This. It makes me sad to see the computers in stores with 750GB hard drive posted real big then nice quad core Core2 and some random crap like 3GBs of ram and onboard graphics. That's why people don't play computer games. Because they buy expensive PCs and games don't work. When you go to put a graphics card in the PSU is just barely enough to power the rig and you have to upgrade that too.

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