Date: December 19th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
To take advantage of the space behind the front panel, Antec has thoughtfully provided mounting tabs for a 3.5-inch hard drive in this area.
From left to right, the controller allows the user to adjust the +12V, +3.3V and +5V rails by 5% “on the fly” from the front of the case. The far right knob adjusts the speed of the PSU cooling fan, as well as any case fans connected via the “fan only” connectors mentioned above. As we’ll see a little later, the tri-foil knobs are backlit by blue LEDs.
Due in part to its compact size, (by today’s standards, anyway) the TC2 installed without a hitch. The cables were easily long enough to reach anywhere in the mid-tower case in which I installed this PSU. About the only complaint I have about the TC2, and it’s relatively minor, is the lack of cable sleeving. I guess I’m spoiled, but a good sleeve job on PSU cables looks good and makes cable routing less tedious.
With the controller hooked up and the system on, you can see that the lighting is uniform and, while it may be a bit bright for some, adds some visual appeal to the front of the case. So, how does the TC2 perform? Just as advertised and quite good, thank you.
The calculated and observed min/max voltages were so close as to be virtually identical. As one would expect from an Antec power supply, the rails were very tight and stable throughout several hours of testing with a fairly demanding system consisting of the following:
- DFI Lanparty nF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
- AMD Opteron 148 CPU @ 2.87 GHz.
- 512 MB X 2 G. Skill PC4400 DDR Ram
- eVGA GeForce 7800GT-CO
- WD Raptor
- Windows XP Pro SP2
After tweaking the voltages per the Antec manual, the following results were obtained with the system idle at desktop for 15 minutes:
With several benchmarking and stress testing programs running, the following voltages were obtained:
Readings were taken with a digital miltimeter over a period of two hours. All rails were on the high side of ideal and remained easily within spec no matter how hard I pushed the system. The numbers speak for themselves and show solid rails with outstanding stability. The TC2 was also very quiet throughout testing and has been for the past few weeks. The fan controller has also performed flawlessly.