We would like to thank Antec for supplying the review sample.
Antec says the High Current Pro series to be the pinnacle of power supplies. All members of the series are fully modular, and the new 850 W, 1000 W, and 1300 W units are Platinum certified and completely different from the competition as they are the only ones manufactured by legendary Delta Electronics, which had for quite some time now abandoned the retail PSU market to mostly deal in server units and power bricks. Antec is currently the only company whose PSUs are produced by Delta, which, although it increases the price, translates into incredibly high build quality and top-notch performance while making their HCP units stand-out of the crowd as they are not based on the competition's usual platforms (Seasonic, CWT, or Super Flower). In today’s market, only Antec and Corsair managed to strike exclusive deals with such high-impact manufacturers as Delta in Antec’s case and Flextronics in Corsair’s, which has given them the ability to offer truly unique products.
We already reviewed the HCP-1300 and HCP-1000. Both performed amazingly and it is now the smaller HCP-850 Platinum's turn to prove its worth. We don't have the slightest doubt it will perform equally well in our tough tests since it is based on a similar platform as its bigger siblings.
The HCP-850 Platinum is obviously 80 Plus Platinum certified. It also features a fully modular cabling design, has a complete set of protection features, a double ball-bearings fan, and stealth cables with darkened wires. It also exploits a PhaseWave design which Antec says to be a feature in server-class PSUs and includes the OC Link feature, which allows two HCP Platinum units to operate in parallel should you need more power for, say, a hungry mining rig.