Well lets take a quick look into the Antec TPQ 1200w with a nice picture tour and a brief overview of what I see and notice along the way.
Output Voltage Range / MAXReg.OCP Set / PointRipple / Noise
+3.3V, +5V max. load: 170W
+12V1, 12V2, 12V3, 12V4, 12V5, 12V6 max. load: 100A
The continuous maximum total output power shall not exceed 1200W.
|Input Voltage||100~240VAC ±10%|
|Input frequency Range||47Hz ~ 63Hz|
|Efficiency||85% or more|
With only being able to look the Antec 1200w over, since it is not ready to be installed yet, I can just give a little info on it.
With everyone these days overclocking everything and running SLI/Crossfire or even tri and quad SLI/Crossfire. People are starting to pay more attention to the efficiency of their power supplies and how they handle different load types. This Antec TPQ model is 80PLUS Silver Certified (85% or more efficiency at 20%, 50%, and 100% load) Which makes this an extremely efficient power supply, and does not matter what kind of load the PSU is under.
You also may have noticed above the modular spots have stickers as a little guide to what to plug into each section. It is a nice addition to the power supply and will help take the guessing work out of where you need to plug hardware into. This will be greatly appreciated by a user who is not well read up on PSU’s and the multiple rail system.
One thing I was not super impressed with was the cable sleeving. It looks very half assed and for the price you pay on this unit I expect better. Also, the sleeving itself is not the greatest. Yes it helps with the aesthetic value of somewhat hiding the wire colors, but the sleeving is cheap and pretty much see through. I have seen a lot better sleeving on a lot cheaper units. With the money you dish out for this unit I do not see why they could not up the quality of the sleeving, e.g., Murdermod sleeving.
Now doesn’t that look so much better than what you see from Antec. If they used quality sleeving, I am sure it would help boost sales and win customers over who are on the border of buying the PSU. Another thing that annoys me is the fact they did not even complete the sleeving into the casing itself. They left it dangling at different lengths outside the PSU casing, and it looks atrocious.
Overall, other than the crap cable sleeving, I am happy with this unit. Once I can run further tests I can be a little more help with this power supply. I am really pleased with the solid feel of all the cables and the unit itself. It seems very well put together and the paint job is a nice touch!