Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W PSU Review

A computer power supply in the 800 watt range is now days somewhat of a sweet spot with the enthusiast as we have seen CPUs and GPUs become less and less power hungry. Antec's new fully modular High Current Pro Platinum 850W power supply looks to cater to this market proclaiming great efficiency.


One of the most prevalent companies in the consumer power supply realm, and general enthusiast PC realm, is Antec. Antec is a company that has been kicking around the PC DIY market since 1986 and in that time frame has become one of the most widely known brand names. In addition to power supplies Antec has product lines that include cases for work and play, cooling solutions, lighting, and other accessories. Over the years Antec has used a number of OEM providers for its power supplies including HEC, CWT, FSP, Enhance, Seasonic, and recently Delta. Some of the older Antec/CWT solutions were notorious for being plagued by the "Fuhjiyyu sudden death syndrome," but that is now becoming the distant past as Antec has moved on. Today, we will be looking at an offering from Antec that comes from Delta once more, the Antec HCP-850 Platinum.

Delta Electronics Inc is part of the Delta Group and is one of the older presences in the power market in Taiwan as the Delta Group was founded in 1971. As an OEM Delta has been popular among higher end server solutions and for a selection of prebuilt PCs from major worldwide consumer PC OEMs for many years but only infrequently has Delta shown up in enthusiast applications. Currently, Delta claims the title of the world's largest supplier of switching power supplies. However, even with a relative lack of presence in the power supply side of the DIY market Delta is still certainly a known commodity as most enthusiast users have certainly encountered its fans at one point or another.

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Did They Turn Gold into Platinum?

The Antec HCP-850 Platinum is the second power supply from Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series we have seen (the first being the HCP-1000 Platinum) and the second 850W unit to come from any of the High Current Pro lines. While the HCP-1000 Platinum was an impressive unit (barring the horrendously misleading advertising), the older HCP-850 was not quite as riveting a product. With the 850W class being one that we have not seen a lot from recently, and this being the first advertised 80 Plus Platinum 850W unit that we have seen, Antec could well have a nice little niche for itself if this unit can perform as advertised. Before moving on, let’s see how else Antec is positioning this product:

Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series is the pinnacle of power supplies. High Current Pro Platinum is fully modular with a revolutionary 20+8-pin MBU socket for the needs of tomorrow. By using a PSU that is 80 PLUSآ® PLATINUM & ErP Lot 6: 2013 certified, operating up to 94% efficient, you can reduce your electricity bill by up to 25% when compared to many other power supplies. HCP Platinum’s innovative 16-pin sockets create a new level of flexibility by doubling the modular connectivity, supporting two different 8-pins connectors and even future connectors of 10, 12, 14 or 16-pins. Backed by a 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support, the HCP-850 Platinum embodies everything a power supply can accomplish today.

Moving on let’s see what we can expect when a user purchases the Antec HCP-850 Platinum power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.