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Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W Review

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Antec HCP-1200 Features & Specs
Max. DC Output1200W
Efficiency80 Plus Gold
Operating temperature10°C - 50°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling 80mm Sanyo Denki fan (9AH0812P4G131)*
max. 3900RPM
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 180 mm (D)
Weight2.5 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.31, EPS 2.92
Warranty5 years
Price at time of review$254.99

Don't be afraid of the 80 mm fan's high RPMs, as Antec states that it is very quiet even at high loads. Regarding the protections all currently available are present, even OTP, giving you a piece of mind along with the five year warranty. Its price has dropped significantly since the last time we checked. At the moment the HCP-1200 is available for $254.99 on Newegg. Not too long ago its price was close to $300.

Antec HCP-1200 Power Specs
Max. Power25A25A30A30A30A30A30A30A30A30A4A0.5A
Total Max. Power1200W

Not five or six but eight +12V rails are available! We think that Antec exaggerated with the number of +12V rails but since the OCP is high enough (surely higher than 30A) then you won't have any problems with powerful VGAs that draw much juice. The 5VSB rail is strong enough but we would like it to have 1-2 Amps more. In the end we don't have a plain PSU here but one that belongs to the high end category so we expect the best available performance everywhere. Finally the max combined power of all +12V rails is very close to the max total power, something natural since HCP-1200 uses DC-DC converters for the minor rails generation.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Native Cables
ATX connector (650 mm)20+4 pin
8 pin EPS12V (650mm) / 4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm) 1 / 1
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm+150mm) 4
SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm) 3
4 pin Molex (550mm+150mm+150mm) 3
Modular Cables
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm + 150mm) 4
SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm) 9
4 pin Molex (550mm+150mm+150mm) 3
4 pin Molex (500mm+150mm+150mm) / FDD (+150mm) 3 / 1

The PSU is equipped with eight PCIe connectors, while its direct competitor (Corsair AX1200) has only six. Also with two EPS, twelve SATA and nine peripheral connectors it will power everything you throw at it.
The main ATX cable and the EPS12V ones are very long at 650mm so there won't be any problems even with very large cases. All other cables are fairly long and the distance among the connectors is the recommended by ATX spec. Finally the ATX and EPS connectors use thicker 16 AWG wires while all other connectors use 18 AWG.

Power Distribution
12V1ATX, hardwired SATA and Peripheral connectors
12V2EPS 4+4 pin
12V3EPS 8 pin
12V4 modular SATA and Peripheral connectors
12V5PCIe1, PCIe2
12V6PCIe3, PCIe4
12V7PCIe5, PCIe6
12V8PCIe7, PCIe8

Power distribution is flawless since the EPS connectors have their own rails and the PCIe connectors in pairs use dedicated rails. The modular SATA/Peripheral connectors are fed through 12V4 while the hardwired ones use the same rail with the main ATX connector, a wise choice since the latter doesn't draw much juice from +12V in order to need a 30 Amp rail by its own.
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