Antec High Current Pro 850W Power Supply Review
The High Current Pro is Antec's flagship line of computer power supplies. Given that and the previous stellar performance from the HCP-1200 we have seen previously, we have very high hopes for a new crown jewel in Antec's HCP line up.
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 their 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 in the last couple of years or so Antec has dropped these older designs in favor of new products. Today we will be looking at another product from Antec’s current flagship line of power supplies, the High Current Pro series, the Delta-built Antec HCP-850 (HCP-850).
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 PC’s from major worldwide consumer PC OEMs for many years but rarely 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 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 the company's fans at one point or another.
The Crown Prince?
The Antec HCP-850 is the second power supply from Antec’s High Current Pro series we have seen and the first unit, the HCP-1200, is the finest unit in its output range that we have reviewed to date. With that kind of initial performance from this line of power supplies the bar for the HCP-850 is certainly set very high. However, Antec’s flagship power supplies have always been great performers in our reviews so not only have we seen excellent products from its flagship units but also consistent performance. In the past though, once we move down a bit from the flagship to other product lines things have not always gone so well for the Antec units we have reviewed. So today, we have a lot to look forward to as the HCP-850 comes from Antec's flagship line, but is not the lead product of this line. Before moving on, let’s see how else Antec is positioning the HCP-850:
Antec's HCP-850 unifies raw power with advanced PSU engineering to meet the demands of high performing PCs. A full-featured, 80 PLUS® Gold-certified unit, the HCP-850 is capable of outputting 99 percent of its rated power on four +12V rails, ensuring CPU and graphics card compatibility. Exclusive to the High Current series, HCP-850 boasts High Current heavy-gauge 16 AWG wiring that boosts conductivity, increasing efficiency and improving power delivery. In addition, a double-layer PCB, onboard DC-to-DC converters and Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) provide substantial voltage stability. To tackle the needs of your system, pick up Antec's HCP-850.
Now that we have an eyeful of the capabilities the HCP-850 has that will "tackle the needs of our system" let’s move on to see what we can expect when a user purchases the Antec HCP-850 power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.