External Impressions, Cables and Connectors

Usually, Antec power supplies have a simple looking case and color, but here we have two big red stripes ending with “1200”. Because of the wide area of rounded ventilation holes there is only room for a small connector panel. They use a lot of fixed cables, but that's not inherently bad as most users of a 1200W PSU will need most of them. There is no power switch, a typical but debatable practice from Enhance Electronics, the manufacturer of this unit.

Here you can see the OC-version with only slight differences overall, but good visible regulators.

Cables and Connectors
Fixed Main 24-pin 65cm
ATX12V/PS12V 4+4-pin
PCIe 2x 6/8-pin 50cm + 6-pin 15cm
Peripheral PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm + Floppy 15cm
SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm + SATA 15cm
Modular PCIe 2x 6/8-pin 50cm + 6-pin 15cm
Peripheral PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm + Floppy 15cm
PATA 50cm + PATA 15cm + PATA 15cm
2x SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm + SATA 15cm
SATA 50cm + SATA 15cm

The main connector of the TruePower Quattro is 65cm long. In addition you will get a 4+4-pin ATX12V and 8-pin EPS12V connector (both 65cm) as well as many cables for peripheral components. There are eleven SATA and nine PATA plugs. You also get two floppy connectors and more than enough PCIe plugs for your graphic cards. Another interesting feature is the Nippon Chemi-Con capacitor for all PCIe cables, called PowerCache. As Antec tells us, they are nice for critical moments like fast load changes, because they prevent short voltage drops. Of course, they will also help to reduce ripple and noise.

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Interior and Topology
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  • Alchemy69 - Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - link

    Very silent? Isn't that like a little bit pregnant? Reply
  • computergeek485 - Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - link

    haha yea pretty much Reply
  • shin0bi272 - Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - link

    My case has a dual power supply setup... Even running triple or quad SLI I wonder how long it would be before I would need 2 of these. he he he Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    Inexpensive Antec PSUs are the same as any other inexpensive PSU: they have to cut some corners. The high-end stuff is generally in a different league. Reply
  • atmartens - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    SPCR gives good power supply reviews. The CP-850 and CP-1000 in particular seem to be high quality. The catch is they only fit several Antec cases. In any case, don't just go by brand name. Reply
  • michal1980 - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    into a 20amp circuit. Or dont bother having anything else turned on in that room.

    1200watts, 110% load = 1320 Watts / 84.04% efficent = 1570.68Watts / 120V = 13 amps. Most outlets really only see ~115 volts. Which puts you at 13.65 amps.

    Most room circuits are wired at 15amps. Which means with this psu maxed out you have about 230 Watts left over for everything else.

    Why?
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  • HOOfan 1 - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    Why would you be loading it to 110%? Reply
  • michal1980 - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    ok, at 100% your at nealry 12amps.

    Still darn close to the limit of most circuits at home

    Simple put, a 15amp circuit can put out 1800watts.
    Reply
  • HOOfan 1 - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    But why are you assuming that people would be running the PSU at 110%.

    That would be the fault of the owner, not the fault of Antec for building a 1200W PSU.

    A triple SLi GTX 480 setup would need about a 1200W PSU, although it wouldn't be pulling that much power.

    Not a good idea to even run a PSU at 100% for extended time.

    Besides, just put the PSU on its own 15A circuit.
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  • Moricon - Friday, July 09, 2010 - link

    Ha,here in UK we have 240v Yay us :) 3000w at our disposal. Reply

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