Antec is one of the names that has been around the longest in the power supply industry. They have had ups and downs throughout their history, but have innovated time and time again to deliver industry leading power supplies. It has been quite some time since we've taken a look at what Antec has to offer, but that is coming to an end as we've got one of their latest units on the test bench today.
The power supply in question today is the Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W. The High Current Pro Platinum is an update of the High Current Pro line. We took a look at the HCP-1200 a couple ago and it proved to be a spectacular example of a flagship power supply.
The updated HCP Platinum series simplifies things a little bit by reducing the number of 12V rails, while also upping the efficiency of the units a little bit too. Antec offers the new HCP-Platinum in three wattages - 850W, 1000W and 1300W. Today we are taking a look at the 850W model.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
One of the big changes for the HCP-Platinum is the reduction in 12V rails down to a maximum of four. The HCP-850 Platinum has four 12V rails. Each of them are rated for 40A each with a combined maximum output of 850W. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each with a combined maximum output of 130W. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3A or 15W. Maximum combined output for the HCP-850 Platinum is 850W.
As a flagship PSU, you would expect to see nothing but a full list of features, and the HCP-850 Platinum doesn't disappoint. All of the protections are present including SCP, OVP, OCP, OPP and OTP. The power supply features fully modular cables, all of which are fully sleeved. As the name suggests, the HCP-850 Platinum is rated for 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency. Antec also states that the HCP-850 Platinum is rated for 100% continuous output at 50C.
Antec has an MSRP of $249.99 on the HCP-850 Platinum. Directron has the best price on the unit at the time of writing and it comes out to $232.63 after shipping. That price puts it much more in line with the rest of the competition, but it is a little bit on the expensive side if you can't catch a deal on it. Antec offers a seven year warranty on the HCP Platinum line of power supplies.