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Antec TruePower Quattro 1200 PSU brings power to the people, and then some

by Parm Mann on 10 May 2010, 11:56

Tags: TPQ-1200, Antec

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Remember the TPQ-1200 PSU introduced by Antec at the tail end of 2009?

The 1,200W unit - part of the high-end TruePower Quattro line - features six +12V rails and Antec's own PowerCache technology. At close to Ā£200 it's overkill for most users, but in an effort to show enthusiasts what they're missing, Antec has been putting the TPQ-1200 through its paces to show that the unit has plenty in reserve.

Just how far can you push it? Well, going to the extreme, Antec hooked one up to EVGA's Classified SR-2 motherboard, four GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards in SLI and a pair of overclocked Intel Xeon E5640 processors running at 4GHz apiece. Here's the proof:

The power supply doesn't miss a beat. Pulling a continuous 1,700W, it highlights that Antec's top-of-the-line PSU is designed to go beyond the listed specification.

Taking into account that the PSU is rated at 80 PLUS Silver - and is therefore 85 per cent efficient - we can determine that it's delivering around 1,400W of power to the system.

Confirming its high-end credentials, the TPQ-1200 is now the first PSU to officially receive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 3-Way SLI Certification, as well as certification for both NVIDIA Quad SLI and ATI CrossFire.

The video demo should alleviate the doubts of any would-be enthusiast buyers, but we like the fact that it demonstrates the crescendo of four GeForce GTX 480s working in tandem. These cards have to be heard to be believed.

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Here's a review for those interested: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=177

Oh BTW that video doesn't work.
It seems odd to list the PSU as 1200W if there's significant headroom on top of that, at least for non-techie “ooo, that generic 1250W PSU must be better that Antec 1200W” population. Although I suppose not all units may produce such decent headroom.
Not surprised. My Antec 650 sg can pull 1000+ watts before shutting down. It seems that Antec PSU's can usually pull more that they're supposed to; it's the other way around with el cheapo PSU, if they are rated for,say, 500 watts, they will shut down (or burn) on a 300 watts load. :)
I'm sure there's a need for 1kw+ PSU but Antec did this (link below) about the need for it ??? I suppose they are filling the market !