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Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300W PSU Review

Additional technical assistance: Peter McFarland and Jeremy Price.

Correctly testing power supplies is a complex procedure and KitGuru have configured a test bench which can deliver up to a 2,000 watt DC load. Due to public requests we have changed our temperature settings – previously we rated with ambient temperatures at 25C, we have increased ambient temperatures by 10c (to 35c) in our environment to greater reflect warmer internal chassis conditions.

We use combinations of the following hardware:

• SunMoon SM-268
• CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)
• CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)
• Extech Power Analyzer
• Extech MultiMaster MM570 digital multimeter
• SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter (6-130dBa)
• Digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)
• Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA

DC Output Load Regulation

Combined

DC Load

+3.3V
+5V
+12V
+5VSB
-12V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A V
100W
1.55
3.32
1.75
5.12
6.65
12.25
0.50
5.02
0.20
-12.11
200W
3.13
3.32
3.50
5.10
13.50
12.24
1.00
5.00
0.20
-12.11
400W
6.40
3.32
7.05
5.10
27.50
12.22
1.50
4.97
0.30
-12.11
600W
9.80
3.32
10.77
5.10
41.70
12.19
2.00
4.95
0.30
-12.12
800W
13.25
3.32
14.55
5.08
56.40
12.18
2.50
4.92
0.50
-12.12
1000W 16.55 3.32 15.75 5.08 71.40 12.17 3.00 4.88 0.60 -12.12
1300W 20.55 3.32 20.60 5.07 93.00 12.16 3.50 4.87 0.80 -12.12

Load regulation is very good, although the +5VSB rail exhibited a little flucutation. Nothing to be concerned about however.

Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300W Maximum Load
1405W

We managed to get another 105W from the power supply before the protection circuitry kicked in. The supply was undamaged and it was ready to fire up again when we dropped the load to a more realistic level.

Next we want to try Cross Loading. This basically means loads which are not balanced. If a PC for instance needs 500W on the +12V outputs but something like 30W via the combined 3.3V and +5V outputs then the voltage regulation can fluctuate badly.

Cross Load Testing +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
A V A V A V A V A V
885W 2.0 3.32 2.0 5.12 72.0 12.17 0.2 -12.11 0.50 5.02
240W 20.0 3.32 24.0 5.05 2.0 12.23 0.2 -12.10 0.50 4.99

The Antec power supply delivered a great set of results in the demanding Cross load test, shown above.

We then used an oscilloscope to measure AC ripple and noise present on the DC outputs. We set the oscilloscope time base to check for AC ripple at both high and low ends of the spectrum. ATX12V V2.2 specification for DC output ripple and noise is defined in the ATX 12V power supply design guide.

ATX12V Ver 2.2 Noise/Ripple Tolerance
Output
Ripple (mV p-p)
+3.3V
50
+5V
50
+12V1
120
+12V2
120
-12V
120
+5VSB
50

Obviously when measuring AC noise and ripple on the DC outputs the cleaner (less recorded) means we have a better end result. We measured this AC signal amplitude to see how closely the unit complied with the ATX standard.

AC Ripple (mV p-p)
DC Load +3.3V +5V +12V 5VSB
100W 10 10 15 5
200W 10 10 15 5
400W 10 10 15 10
600W 10 10 15 10
800W 10 10 15 10
1000W 10 15 20 15
1300W 10 15 20 15

Ripple supression is absolutely stellar. All of the rails exhibit very low ripple, although we expected this due to the fantastic design and high grade components used throughout.

Efficiency (%)
100W
84.3
200W
88.2
400W
92.4
600W
94.0
800W
93.6
1000W 92.7
1300W 91.9

Low load efficiency isn’t the best, however the overall efficiency results are superb, peaking at 94% at 600W. This drops to 91.9% efficiency at full load, still a very impressive result.

We take the issue of noise very seriously at KitGuru and this is why we have built a special home brew system as a reference point when we test noise levels of various components. Why do this? Well this means we can eliminate secondary noise pollution in the test room and concentrate on components we are testing. It also brings us slightly closer to industry standards, such as DIN 45635.

Today to test the Power Supply we have taken it into our acoustics room environment and have set our SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter (6-130dBa) one meter away from the unit. We have no other fans running so we can effectively measure just the noise from the unit itself.

As this can be a little confusing for people, here are various dBa ratings in with real world situations to help describe the various levels.

KitGuru noise guide

10dBA – Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA – High Quality Computer fan
40dBA – A Bubbling Brook, or a Refridgerator
50dBA – Normal Conversation
60dBA – Laughter
70dBA – Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA – City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA – Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA – MP3 Player at maximum output
110dBA – Orchestra
120dBA – Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA – Threshold of Pain
140dBA – Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA – Instant Perforation of eardrum

Noise (dBA)
100W
28.0
200W
28.0
400W
31.3
600W
32.3
800W 34.8
1000W 37.4
1300W 42.2

The Antec power supply is quiet until around 800W when the fan starts to spin up rapidly to ensure adequate cooling performance. By 1000W it is clearly audible, and by 1,300W it rates as very loud. It isn’t realistic to be running at 1,300 watts however. Under normal 800W load conditions it is a fairly quiet unit.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
100W
35
40
200W
35
42
400W
37
44
650W
43
52
800W
45
54
1000W 47 58
1300W 50 64

Temperatures are well controlled as the fan spins actively once load hits 800W load and beyond.

Maximum load
Efficiency
1405W
90.5

Pushing the power supply above its rated limits generates an efficiency level of around 90.5%. This is not a viable ‘real world’ situation, but its interesting nonetheless.

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  • Hank

    Amazing power supply, sadly backed up with an amazing price !

  • Danke Shen

    Delta rock, very few of their OEM designs out there now, due to the price. Apple use them a lot – which will annoy a lot of the PC guys out there 😉

  • JamesM

    Interested in the 850W model, but these are very expensive. People underestimate the importance of a good power supply. my last failed, taking out motherboards. Taught me an expensive lesson

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