Antec High Current Gamer 850W Semi Modular Power Supply Review



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Antec have been a veteran of the power supply game for quite some time and today we are taking a look at their High Current Gamer 850W (Semi-)Modular power supply. Antec’s High Current Gamer series was designed with a few key principles in mind. First they’ve opted to minimise the number of rails and maximise current going through each of these rails so most of their High Current Gamer series uses a single or two 12 volt rails. Secondly these power supplies are designed ruggedly with a gamer in mind which means the design isn’t subtle or even that quiet but is more “bells and whistles” with an LED fan and red-accents.

It is pretty simple then to see what the Antec 850W HCG-M power supply is offering. In terms of the rest of its specifications we can see it isn’t that advanced as it only has 80 Plus Bronze Certification. A lower certification level generally means more wastage as “heat” and thus a higher fan speed is needed and so this probably isn’t going to be the quietest unit on the market either. Already we can see that the Antec HCG 850W power supply is going to have to excel in voltage regulation and value for money to be a truly worth power supply – so let’s see how it performs.

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  • Matthew Humpherson

    Personally I think I would go for http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-xfx-pro-black-edition-p1-850b-befx-full-modular-90-eff-80plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet- instead as its a much newer design; its still Seasonic but gold rated and fully modular! It also has flat cables which look better and are easier to cable manage… Not really sure what Antec were thinking with the pricing.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Totally agree. The XFX Seasonic based PSUs right now are the best value on the market without a doubt. It is sad to see that Antec can’t compete, at least with this PSU anyway.

      • Wayne

        I couldn’t agree with either of you more.

  • Phil W. Muffett

    If its high output for gamers.. why is it only bronze rated? That is pretty F’ing fail. I’ll stick with my Corsair AX850 Gold rated PSU.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Because efficiency means nothing to gamers. The important aspects for a gaming system is that it delivers enough amps to power the key rails (12/5/3.3) and that it has stable voltage regulation. Efficiency has benefits but is not what a gamer strictly needs.

      • Phil W. Muffett

        You do know that efficiency rating doesn’t only refer to the power consumption right? The rating has a bunch of implications, basically think of it as an overall quality of the item.

        • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

          That’s not strictly true, but I see what you’re getting at. The assumption that a higher efficiency rating will mean a better overall power supply isn’t always true. You can engineer a power supply to be highly efficient while slacking on the components that regulate things like PFC, noise/ripple suppression and voltage regulation (for example you can cheap out on shared voltage regulation for rails etc). Of course you’re right in that generally speaking an 80 Plus Gold unit should use better components than an 80 Plus Bronze unit BUT there are equally as many power supplies out there that have 80 Plus Gold certification and use barely 80 Plus spec components for other things.

          • Phil W. Muffett

            True, but it’s a good rule of thumb at a quick glance. :) Rarely will I even take a look at something bronze rated when building a quality machine.

          • Wayne

            There are quality PSU’s out there that are ‘only’ bronze rated but in actual fact qualify for gold rating and they cost considerably less. Buying the most expensive part doesn’t necessarily mean buying the best part.

    • Wayne

      I don’t know why you’d want to swap your current PSU for this one unless you have reasons of your own. Also remember PSU efficiency ratings are mainly marketing tools and really have no impact on the end user or their electricity account.


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