Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - April 25, 2010
Category: Power Supplies
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Antec Inc., headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leading provider of high performance computer components for the enthusiast market. Most of you I'm sure will be aware of the name and in particular their range of power supplies which include the Truepower, Quattro and Earthwatts series and their high quality Nine Hundred and Sonata series computer enclosures for the gaming and enthusiast market. Antec's offerings also include, amongst other things, Veris home theatre enclosures, notebook coolers and AC adapters, computer cooling solutions and HDD enclosures.
This time around I am going to take a look at the Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W power supply and see how well it performs. The power supply features DC to DC convertors, carries 80 Plus Silver certification and a feature I haven't seen before, PowerCache, which will be explained later in the review.
In order to adequately house and protect the power supply the Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W is packaged in a large and sturdy red and black themed box. The top face of the box leaves little doubt over the power supply wattage and along with a graphic to illustrate the PowerCache feature, there are 80 Plus Silver and Nvidia SLI Ready logos. The bottom face of the box carries a feature list, larger 80 Plus Silver logo with a paragraph explaining the origin and merits of the 80 Plus award scheme and a full list of the quantities and types of connector with illustrative photographs. The text throughout is given in three languages, English, French and German.
The front face of the box shows a small photograph of the power supply along with the ECC flag which presumably indicates that this specific model is made for the European market. In the bottom left hand corner of the front face the power supply physical dimensions are given along with the power supply type and a short sentence to emphasize the fact that the Truepower Quattro will give 1200W of continuous power. The opposite face carries a comprehensive specification table along pictorial storage information along with agency approval logos.
One end panel, black this time rather than red, carries a short paragraph explaining some of the main features which include the continuous power rating, six 12V rails and 80 Plus certification along with a couple of small photographs showing the power supply with and without the modular cables installed. The opposite face uses a series of small pictograms to illustrate some of the main features which include universal mains input, pulse width modulated fan speed control and industrial grade protection.
Lift the lid and the user manual sits on top of the foam encased power supply with the captive and modular cables filling the gaps on two sides along with the correct UK type power cord. The foam inserts lifts off to reveal the Truepower Quattro 1200W enclosed in a plastic bag to further protect the unit.
The power supply along with the box contents which includes the modular cable set, user manual, power supply mounting screws and power cord.
The Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W is very well packaged, enough to survive most postal systems, and comes with what is really just a basic but adequate set of accessories.