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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  • bigboxes - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    If it's a pricey model that you've had for only 6 months why didn't you return it for RMA instead of opening it up? Doesn't Antec have a three year warranty?

    Don't get me wrong. I too opened up my failed Antec PSU... my ten year old PSU. Replaced it with an Antec 380W Green PSU. Can't beat $30 Fry's special. I also had another Antec PSU fail after 4 years (a TP 430w during their bad years). I still have a TP 550 that is humming along in my wife's machine going on 5+ years. I'd say more often than not that Antec makes quality power supplies. Of course I have switched to using Seasonic PSUs, but they are not cheap.
  • HOOfan 1 - Thursday, July 8, 2010 - link

    NeoPower is not exactly a Halo product. It is about a high medium level product.

    The point is that sometimes you have electronics that are built on a solid design, but fail early. Maybe 1 in 100 NeoPowers would do that.

    The NeoPowers had at least average to above average build quality...so I still don't understand your claim that it was cheaply built.
  • Black Jacque - Friday, July 9, 2010 - link

    " particularly if you are a gamer with Triple-SLI or Quad-Crossfire systems."

    The nine fanbois' in the USA that have rigs like that don't read AnandTech. Its likely they don't even read above a 5th grade level, "D00d!"

    I wish AnandTech would stop pimping cr*p like this. Only about 1% of the readers need a Kilowatt powersupply. There needs to be more reviews on 400W and lower, highly efficient power supplies that cost less than US$50. These are the PSUs that 99% of the readers need and own.

    If Anand wanted to do us all a favor, he would bend the ear of representatives at Seasonic, Enermax, and Corsair, and tell them that is what is needed, not powersupplies that dim the house lights when you boot your computer.
  • Perisphetic - Friday, July 9, 2010 - link

    95 Amps on the 12V rail?! Finally. I found a replacement unit for my spot welder. Just kidding, I'm sure this will make a fine plasma cutter power source...
  • Perisphetic - Friday, July 9, 2010 - link

    PC tuning enthusiast rejoice. Finally a 2 in 1 solution PSU arrives that can easily weld the sheet metal on the modded case and power the build computer as well. No expense has been spared in making the unit a 80 PLUS uncertified device.
  • HOOfan 1 - Sunday, July 11, 2010 - link

    How much exactly do you know about internal PSU design?

    Maybe you think the generic looked neat and clean because it hard hardly any components in there, while the Antec looked junky because it was crammed full of components.
  • VIDYA - Monday, July 12, 2010 - link

    ok this is so shocking for me, to just see the sight of psu above 1 kilowatt........i mean why do you THINK we SHRINK the chips and simplify the programs(browsers, video drivers) ....this range of products is an OXYMORON for technology and reviewers should not encourage them.
  • molecriket - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - link

    99.9% of readers don't care about this overkill. a complete waste of effort.
  • JimDDuncan - Saturday, December 18, 2010 - link

    Almost bought this one till I read a review where they tested with cables that did not have built in capacitors. Basically to get performance from this psu you need those specific cables. Also the capicitors are relatively bulky and could get in the way of a tight multi gpu build. Spent the additional 30 dollars on corsair AX 1200.

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