Antec Truepower Quattro TPQ-1000 Reviewccokeman - March 25, 2008
Category: Power Supplies
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Electricity, current, power, electric, all common names for the thing that makes the wonderful toys we play with come to life. Now, what happens when there is not enough or too much of it? Usually things don't work right. In the case of our beloved computers, too little power results in crashes, lockups and shutdowns that are hard to trace. Too much usually ends up causing component failures that you only notice when the smoke starts billowing out the rear of the case. Neither of these scenarios are ideal for the longevity of that high dollar luxury item that sits on the desk. When building a computer, picking a power supply is usually an after thought. As the last thing picked for the build, most of the dollars alloted for build are gone. So, we just spend what is left to get a power supply that will "be just fine" for the build. Making the right choice on which power supply to use is never easy. Sure there are some online calculators that give a worst case estimate, but it's better to be safe rather than sorry. Understanding the consequences of making the wrong choice is half the battle. The other half comes in when making the choice of which power supply is right for the build. How many watts, efficiency rating, modular or not, quad core or dual core processor, single or multi GPU for the graphics,water cooling or air cooling are some questions that need to be asked to make the correct choice.
The Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 watt power supply is one that should power up and run some of the most demanding systems out today. As the name implies, it features four separate 12 volt rails or lines, is a semi-modular design, is 80 plus certified, over current protection, over voltage protection, under voltage protection, short circuit protection, and active PFC, all in a package that delivers 1000 watts of power for use by the system. With ever increasing processor counts, Tri and Quad SLI, as well as CrossfireX now realities, the need for power just keeps scaling upwards. Will the Antec TruePower Quattro 1000 watt power supply deliver what we need?
The Antec Quattro 1000 comes in a plain white box with just the companies name and a 1000 on the front just to let you know what size unit this is. The rear panel list the connections that the power supply comes with as well as the some of the specifications. The term 80+ is defined on the rear panel.
Opening the package you can see that Antec has packaged the power supply in a foam enclosure with the modular and main power cables stored around the block. The documentation for the Quattro 1000 is left on top for easy access to the literature.