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Date: September 30th 2002
Article by: Peer van Empelen (Webmaster & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was purchased donated by : Antec Inc.
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Company profile


Antec, Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of computer hardware. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Fremont, California, Antec has led the way, first in our best-selling Enclosure Technology products and now in our innovative Consumer Technology products.


Our enclosures and power supplies have been the best sellers in the North American retail and distribution channels for more than three years running. And with products like our stylish new Performance Series, heavy-duty Rackmount enclosures and cost effective Solution Series, we will maintain our lead by providing the quality and innovation that the market demands. Antec's Enclosure Technology line up is completed with a wide variety of cooling fans, DataTank external drive enclosures and DataSwap removable drive bays, all designed to give you the maximum in system reliability and flexibility. That's why Antec is the High Performance Upgrade Company.

 

Product introduction



This item was included with the Antec Performance Plus 1080 AMG I received and impressed me so much that I wanted to write a separate review about it. It has some extra's that give it extra value. So much extra value that I will recommend it to everybody !

 

Product Images and Features



Here's the "octopus" separated from the case. Notice the cablewrap around the motherboard power cable.



Okay : totally unreadable and the cam wouldn't help me out on this one. It actually states how many Ampere each channel can handle.


OUTPUT

+5V

-5V

+12V

-12V

+3.3V

+5V
SB

Max. Load

36A*

0.5A

20A

1.0A

28.0A*

2.0A

Min. Load

0A

0A

0.8A

0A

0A

0A

Load Reg.

±3%

±5%

±3%

±5%

±3%

±5%

Ripple V(p-p)

50mV

50mV

120mV

120mV

50mV

50mV

* +5V, +3.3V & +12V maximum output 410 Watts max.


The original table with data from the Antec site (specsheet in total can be found here).



The connectors from left to right : Intel P4 required 12 Volt connector | 20 pins ATX compliant connector | AUX server motherboard connector | 3 pins fanheader connector (connected to the mobo it will give readouts in the BIOS and on MBM)



These connectors interested me the most as they are thermally controlled by the powersupply. The fan's connected to them will slow down or increase their speed according to temperature. In practice it means : no noise unless cooling is needed.



And this 92 mm fan is what sucks all the hot air through the powersupply and out of your case. Notice it being a clearfan ?



Tucked into the Case where it belongs.



And here it is again from the back in the Antec Plus 1080 AMG casing now you can clearly see the 80 mm fan in the back of the powersupply.


Now, you might think that this powersupply is noisy... Think again. The Powersupply AND the three casefans make LESS noise then the Boxed cooler on my AMD. To be honest : my SCSI drives are annoying me right now because I can hear them rattle. Now that's a first. I guess Antec was really telling the truth about their Antec Low Noise Technology. If you want to know more about it, I have uploaded an interesting PDF document about it. << TruePower_inclusion.pdf >> 149 Kb.

 

 

 

 

Performance



This is a screenshot of my overclocking panel provided by Chaintech with their Apogee 7JVL motherboard. The most important thing to notice is the +5 V line not dropping below 4.81. Even overcocking a 100 MHz didn't make it sweat. When I overclocked or increased the Vcore or the Vchip didn't matter to the powersupply. Still the same numbers.


Here's a list of what I have running in total on the powersupply:

  • Chaintech 7JVL
  • AMD XP 2000+ (boxed cooler)
  • Samsung PC 2700
  • Geforce 2 GTS
  • 4 x Quantum Atlas V 9,1 GB 7200 rpm
  • 1 x Maxtor 30 Gb 7200 rpm with extra cooling bracket
  • Plextor 8x2x20x SCSI Burner
  • Plextor 40x Burner
  • 3 Antec 80 mm casefans


And that doesn't even include the USB devices I keep collecting like a webcam, mouse, keyboard, scanner, printer, gamecontroller etc.

 

Conclusion


Pro's


- Powerful (430 Watt can power about anything)
- Temperature controlled Fan-Only connectors
- Stable (under any circumstance)
- Dual fan action (92mm inside and a 80 mm outside and both covered with gold-colored fanguards)


Con's


- Doesn't supply enough juice to run both my computer AND my beer fridge


 

 


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