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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.

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the Antec HCP-1300 Platinum is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.

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The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum packaging is almost identical to the HCP-850 Platinum and the HCP-1000 Platinum we previously reviewed. Starting things off, we see a 7 year warranty sticker which is great for an enthusiast unit and this is followed by an 80 Plus Platinum sticker. A quick check of the 80 Plus website does indeed find this unit certified for 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. Following that, we get the requisite "efficiency and cost savings" tripe that we saw on the HCP-850 and covered in detail when we first saw it on the Antec HCP-1000 Platinum. Certainly, this advertisement continuous to be egregious on Antec’s part but at this point Antec probably isn't going to reel it in and make it accurate. Beyond those items, we also find the power label (reproduced below), the connector count for this unit (reproduced below), and the advertisement for the OC Link on the packaging. As before, we only have one unit in today so we can’t really test the OC Link "feature," but running two units at once is not exactly new or difficult so will assume that Antec/Delta has pulled this off.

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The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum is a multi-12v rail power supply that is very similar to the HCP-1000 Platinum we previously reviewed. Like the HCP-1000 Platinum (and the HCP-850 Platinum) before it, the HCP-1300 Platinum has four 12v rails with a capacity of up to 1300W (or ~108.33A) if necessary and each rail is individually capable of 50A. Unfortunately, also like with the previous members of the High Current Pro Platinum series, the 12v rail distribution is just a serious pain to describe in writing or in table form, so we have copied the figure above for you once more. The minor rails have a total capacity of 130W and each rail can individually support 25A. Combined with these power outputs, we find that this unit has 10 PCIe connectors, 9 SATA connectors, and 6 Molex connectors. The previous HCP-850 Platinum had the exact same set of SATA, Molex, and EPS connectors so we aren’t seeing anything new on this front today, though we do get a total of 10 PCIe connectors now which should be enough for most any user. Indeed, at 1300 watts this unit is probably well positioned to be a unit that could also power most things that would populate all 10 of those PCIe connectors.

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Once we open the HCP-1300 Platinum packaging, we are left looking at the HCP-1300 Platinum itself, a power cord, some screws, a warranty "card," and "product overview." The documentation that is contained here in is the same as what we have seen from previous High Current Pro Platinum power supplies, so complaining about it's poor quality again today probably won't get us anywhere since it hasn't to date. As usual, if you go online to www.antec.com/manuals you can supposedly get a real user manual, but it is the same fairly useless affair as before. So, once more, the documentation provided by Antec is atrocious and with that let's move on.