As you can tell, Antec is on point with their marketing, the box looks incredible. It's high chrome finish can be easily spotted on any store shelf. Don't be fooled by the box, the unit has much more to offer. The HCP-1000 is a 1000-watt unit that boasts an 80 PLUS Platinum certification with up to 94% efficiency. As with most top tier units, the HCP-1000 utilizes all Japanese capacitors to ensure the most stable operation and maximum reliability.
The HCP-1000 utilizes a 135mm double ball bearing fan for whisper quiet function with a long life expectancy. The fan is controlled internally by a low wattage fan controller to offer optimal heat and noise management. The unit appears to have adequate venting, and I do not suspect over heating to be an issue.
This is where the unit really starts to get interesting. If you already haven't noticed, this is a fully modular unit. This difference here you might notice starts with the 16-pin sockets. Antec decided to go a different route with this unit and with a nod to future proofing allows the unit to utilize two different 8-pin connectors on each 16-pin socket. In many cases, this isn't going to make the biggest difference, but it certainly shows me the direction Antec is going and I like it.
The black Mainboard and Peripheral connectors are all locked to the 12V1 rail and unlike the remaining modular 16-pin sockets, they cannot be changed. The remaining 16-pin sockets can be used in any sort of combination on any of the available rails marked on the unit. This grants the end user considerably more options than a typical unit.
One more advanced feature that I have not seen on any other unit's that have come through the test bench is the OC Link connector. This socket is used to connect two HCP-1000 units together so that they can work in tandem. I personally do not have a need for that much power, nor do I have a secondary unit to try this out, but without a doubt that is an impressive feature that screams future proofing. This could theoretically allow a user to dedicate a specific rail to each high performance component on an enthusiast's rig. I don't know that it is really necessary in today's market, but it's a neat feature nonetheless.
The HCP-1000 is a primarily matte black unit that carries a very simplistic aesthetic approach. The Antec logo is not overly flashy and contributes to the look of the unit. It's an interesting dynamic Antec took with this unit. The box was very loud aesthetically, yet the unit within is very modest and has a much classier approach. It's clear to me the HCP-1000 meant to be a performance driven PSU with usability in mind.
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