External Impressions, Cables and Connectors

Usually, Antec power supplies have a simple looking case and color, but here we have two big red stripes ending with “1200”. Because of the wide area of rounded ventilation holes there is only room for a small connector panel. They use a lot of fixed cables, but that's not inherently bad as most users of a 1200W PSU will need most of them. There is no power switch, a typical but debatable practice from Enhance Electronics, the manufacturer of this unit.

Here you can see the OC-version with only slight differences overall, but good visible regulators.

Cables and Connectors
Fixed Main 24-pin 65cm
ATX12V/PS12V 4+4-pin
PCIe 2x 6/8-pin 50cm + 6-pin 15cm
Peripheral PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm + Floppy 15cm
SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm + SATA 15cm
Modular PCIe 2x 6/8-pin 50cm + 6-pin 15cm
Peripheral PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm + Floppy 15cm
PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm
2x SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm + SATA 15cm
SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm

The main connector of the TruePower Quattro is 65cm long. In addition you will get a 4+4-pin ATX12V and 8-pin EPS12V connector (both 65cm) as well as many cables for peripheral components. There are eleven SATA and nine PATA plugs. You also get two floppy connectors and more than enough PCIe plugs for your graphic cards. Another interesting feature is the Nippon Chemi-Con capacitor for all PCIe cables, called PowerCache. As Antec tells us, they are nice for critical moments like fast load changes, because they prevent short voltage drops. Of course, they will also help to reduce ripple and noise.

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Interior and Topology
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  • bobbozzo - Friday, July 9, 2010 - link

    Most houses in the US have 20A circuits, but 15A outlets.
  • Klinky1984 - Saturday, July 10, 2010 - link

    A lot of people buying this probably don't need 1200 watts. There is some prestige to having a 1.2kW PSU, but what kind of system is really going to stress this power supply? Maybe if you got one of those 7x PCIe x16 motherboards and created a GPU distributed computing number cruncher, perhaps. But I'd think a more typical tri-SLI setup would have problems pushing 50% usage on this thing.
  • Klinky1984 - Saturday, July 10, 2010 - link

    Well, perhaps I underestimated the power-fatty Fermi is.
  • cactusdog - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    This doesnt appeal, there are much better options out there with truly silent 140mm fans. Most new high end PSUs are going back to a single rail too.
  • HOOfan 1 - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    >most new high end PSUs are going back to single rail

    I wouldn't say that at all....some companies want single rail, but I think MOST is a serious exaggeration.

    Why does it matter anyway?
  • Stuka87 - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    If you buy a cheap supply, its going to be cheap. Regardless of the brand. I have a mid-range Antec and I have been very happy with it. Its quiet, and it weighs about 3x more than the cheaper PSU it replaced.
  • doctormonroe - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    I'm not a big fan of having less than a 120mm fan, but the reviewer covered it when he said that you'd hear the rest of the system before a 1200W PSU under load.

    I'm glad that you've stopped using the charts that were in previous articles (as they were not easy to read and comprehend), but good charts are much better than tables, so hopefully soon you'll figure out a good chart to use.
  • HOOfan 1 - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    Yeah...that happens. It happens with anything...especially with electronics.

    What model was it? If it was REALLY one of their halo products, I am not sure how you came to the conclusion that it was built cheaply.

    Of course you have some people who think the PSU is such a simple design and that there is no excuse for a well built PSU to fail. People like that just make me roll my eyes...and usually ignore them from then on.
  • Martimus - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    Antec used to have a reputation for using low temperature Caps that would fail at actual operating temperatures over time. I had assumed that they stopped doing this, but it is possible that they still use this practice.
  • TGressus - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    In general the more popular ODMs will have a portfolio of designs. Some better than others. In my experience this is where some of the vendors get away with shady practices. Entry level components get hidden within a shiny exterior, marketed as something they are not and no one is the wiser.

    I'd like to see the status quo among reviewers/enthusiasts change to focus on relative comparison, and historical performance of the ODM models inside PSUs. As it stands now we tend to focus on a visual inspection, and essentially a second wave of manufacturer QC testing.

    When we discuss SSD or GPU we consider the chipset first, and the brand second. This enables the community to make better informed decisions, and allows us to steer trends in product development, rather than the vendor hooride that is the PSU market.

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