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Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W Power Supply Review - Revisited

paulktreg    -   October 20, 2009
Category: Power Supplies
Price: $184.99
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Introduction:

"Put the pedal to the metal, feel the rush, the power and unrivalled performance of the high wattage power supply you know you want. Allieviate any guilt you may have, knowing the Antec's TruePower Quattro is 80 Plus certified. Designed specifically for the most demanding computer specifications, this power supply features four 12V output circuits ensuring unbeatable system stability. Combined with ±3% load regulation to protect your computers components, gold plated connectors for superior conductivity, modular and sleeved cable connectors and 80 Plus certified, TruePower Quattro delivers when the race is on. Don't be last across the finish line. Unquestionably stable power through high efficient technology for tomorrows ultimate PC."

The Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W power supply has already been reviewed by OCC back in March 2008. Antec has kindly let OCC have another unit for review, which tells me it will probably remain current for a while. This time around, I will be putting it through its paces, following the OCC testing methodology and giving it a little more to think about. It scored an OCC Gold award the first time around, so let's see how it performs and what award, if any, it merits when supplying its full power rating of 1000W.

Closer Look:

The Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W power supply comes in a mainly matte white box with black end panels, with color only used sparingly for photographs and logos. The lid clearly shows the 1000W rating of the power supply, which is used as a window through which a photograph of the power supply can be seen. Dual graphics ready, 80 Plus and Quiet Computing logos, along with a short sentence telling us the power supply is a high performance modular power supply, complete the picture. The base of the box carries a list of main features with the 80 Plus Certified logo and a brief explanation of what 80 Plus is all about, in English, French and German. Color photographs of the available connectors along with quantities run along the bottom of the base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black end panels are used to good effect displaying small color logos to illustrate some of the main features, which include universal 100-240VAC input, 6/8-pin PCI-E connectors, four 12V rails, and active power factor correction. The opposite end panel bares a short paragraph, used in the introduction, again in three languages, along with two photographs showing the power supply without and with the modular cables installed to illustrate cable management.

 

 

The front panel contains an Antec logo, power supply dimensions in imperial and metric, and a small color photograph of the power supply. The back panel gives some of the technical detail, including specification table, warehouse and storage instructions, and the AQ5 warranty logo.

 

Lift the lid and the user manual is the first thing you see along with power supply protective foam envelope, captive cables with power cord on one side and all the modular cables contained in a plastic bag on the other side. Remove the top foam protective lid and the Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W is revealed with its white racing stripes and racing number, keeping with the racing car theme mentioned in the introduction.

 

 

 

Below is a photograph of the power supply enclosed in the plastic bag, showing the captive cable/connectors, and a photograph showing the accessories, user manual, mounting screws, modular cable bag, and power cord. Congratulations to Antec for being one of the few manufacturers to send me the UK version with the correct power cord.

 

 

The packaging is fairly simple and not too flashy. Perhaps Antec feels it doesn't need to be, letting the power supply do all the talking – we will see. The accessories set is basic, but adequate – a few cable ties, however, would have been a welcome addition.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: DC Voltage Load Regulation At 110VAC & 230VAC
  5. Testing: Efficiency, Power Factor & DC Quality
  6. Testing: Temperature, Noise Level & Fan Speed
  7. Conclusion
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