Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300W PSU Review

Antec swings for the fences with its HCP-1300 Platinum, which you guessed it, touts extremely high efficiencies. It can supply a huge 1300 watts of power at full load, and has a healthy feature set that includes being fully modular with forward looking pin-outs, and maybe best of all carries Antec's solid 7 year warranty.

Introduction

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. Today, we will be looking at a top of the line offering from Antec that comes from Delta once more, the Antec HCP-1300 Platinum (HCP-1300 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 pre-built 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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A Pro Performance Worth the Price?

Today's Antec HCP-1300 Platinum is the third power supply from Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series we have seen and, to date, it is also the largest capacity member of the High Current Pro Platinum line of power supplies offered. Previous units in the High Current Pro Platinum line have been very good products with the biggest downfall, beyond the advertising, often being pricing. Today, with the HCP-1300 Platinum, pricing will likely be less of a concern as products that start breaking the 1200W barrier become somewhat of a more rarefied breed where every brand incurs a significant increase in price over lower powered models. So, we will be very interested to see how well the HCP-1300 Platinum can do in a market where price is not as big of an issue and all of the little extra touches in the build quality of previous units, if present today, can shine. 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-1300 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-1300 Platinum power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.