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Product Application:

1000 Watt Modular Power Supply

Product Provided by:

Antec

Available at:

NewEgg.com

Estimated Online Price:

$299.99

Availability:

Now

Review by:

Darren

Edited by:

Scott

Review date:

November 19th, 2007

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label

     And here we have a close up of the 1000 Watt Quattro's Black Label.  Antec named the Quattro line after the four available +12 volt rails and the TruePower designation indicates the power supply should be capable of delivering the full 1000 Watts continuously 24 hours a day.  Most power supplies give their rated wattage off of their peak power or under some unrealistic lab condition, but with the TruePower Quattro you know you are getting every bit of that juice right when you need it.  The Quattro is also 80PLUS certified which means it is extra energy efficient using up to 33% less power than similar units.

The install:

     I installed the Antec TruePower Quattro1000 Watt power supply into my Intel gaming build. The build includes an Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 6600 cooled by a passive AeroCool GT-1000, a Jetway X1950 Pro video card and a 4x GB kit of Muskin Series XP2-6400 mounted on an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe.  Storage was provided by 2 x WD 74 GB Raptors in a RAID0, a Seagate 750 GB storage drive and a Plextor PX-755SA 16x DVD burner all mounted into the AeroCool AE plus.

Hardware Model
Case: AeroCool AE Plus
Motherboard: ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
CPU: Intel e6600
Memory: 4x GB kit of Muskin Series XP2-6400
Video Card: Jetway X1950 Pro
Drives: 2x74GB WD Raptors, 1x750GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

installed

     This picture shows the completed install with some basic cable management in place.  A few well placed cable ties and we will be set.

Testing:

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     To test the Quattro 1000 I ran the system overnight idle before capturing these numbers using the ASUS AI Probe II.  With a power supply designed to handle two of the current power hungry top video cards, the Quattro easily handles my test build at an idle.

     Next I put each build under load by running Passmark's BurnIn Test and Futuremark's 3DMark06 simultaneously or about 15 minutes in two back to back sessions.

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     Witht the system under load I captured these numbers.  The Quattro 1000 has no problem with the system under load.  Our numbers only change slightly from the idle readings and remain rock solid.  The single 80 mm fan spins up to an audible level but exhaust temperatures never reached over 91 degrees. Not too bad for a one fan solution!

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Sandra XII

     To further test the stability I loaded up Sisoftware's Sandra Version XIIa (Final 12.30).  Sandra is an industry leader in performance tuning and benchmarking offering one of the more reliable environmental monitors on the market.  As you can see form the graph above, the stability of each rail is confirmed by Sandra.

 

 

BOIS

     The stability of the rail voltage remains consistent while idle in the BIOS.  To test the stability I also used my trusty Cen-Tech multi-tester to monitor the +12 V rails.  Not surprisingly the meter did not record any variances on this or any rails tested.  I suffered through some serious testing in Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield:2142 for about 5 hours.  What a tough way to discover the Quattro could be running my house at the same time and not even breath heavy. 

Conclusion:

     Antec's TruePower Quattro modular power supply line up continues to impress.  The TruePower Quattro remains one of the most stable power supplies I have ever tested.  During all phases of testing I was never able to get a single rail to show a measurable ripple.  I am not sure how many builds will require a 1000 watt power supply today, but the extra stability and the versatility of the modular runs makes this unit a great investment for future builds as well.   I would be hard pressed to find a color scheme that wouldn't mesh well with the slick white stripes and black sleeving.  A black and white look that must be one of the most UV friendly I have seen in years.

     As we discovered reviewing the 850 Watt version the MSRP of $299 does not represent the price educated builders will pay for this unit.  As of this writing the lowest price on Froogle was a mear $184.99.  That's an absolute steal on a power supply with a True Power rating at 1000 Watts.  And don't forget Antec's industry leading 3 year warranty!  Antec has done it again, rock solid voltage at an outstanding price.  If you have been drooling over the 1000 Watt units, Antec may be the best bang for your buck in this exclusive club.

Note: Club Overclocker is now using a new rating system based on a score of 1 to 5.
Please go to our rating system page for more information.

Performance: 5 out of 5

Innovation:

4 out of 5

Quality:

5 out of 5

Stability:

5 out of 5
Aesthetics: 4 out of 5

Software/Drivers Pack:

N/A

Overclocking:

N/A
Value: 5 out of 5

Project Skill Level
(5 being most difficult)

3 out of 5

 

 


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