In 1986, Antec arrived on to the scene and has since provided consumers with a steady diet of cases, power supplies and accessories. With products directly aimed at gamers and enthusiasts, Antec has built a reputation for quality and innovation. The company, based in Fremont California, is currently one of the leading manufacturers of computer cases and recently followed up the very popular 900 gaming case with the bigger and better 1200 enclosure. Antec is also firmly planted in the power supply market with units based on Seasonic models. They have several variations within their PSU line up, ranging from 350 to 1000 watts of steady power.
Current components demand more power than ever with requirements steadily increasing. Antec's answer for that need is the 1000 watt TruePower Quattro. This monster aims to give you more than you'll ever need, but an abundance of power isn't the only thing it has going for it. The TPQ 1000 is 80 PLUS certified, NVIDIA SLI ready, features Active Power Factor Correction, and sports four 12V rails! Sit back as HardwareLogic throws this brute on the test bench to see how it performs and give you everything you need to decide if this is the power supply that you've been looking for.
Contents and Features
The box proudly announces what it holds inside with 1000 painted in bold. Along with the PSU comes a power cord, mounting screws, user's manual and a variety of modular cables. The manual is easy to read and summarizes the features of the power supply along with a few set up diagrams.
Antec's TPQ 1000 is 3.4" tall, 5.9" wide, and 7" deep. The depth is a good bit more than the ATX standard, so you will want to measure your case for fit. The unit comes with a black finish that's accented with bold, white racing stripes. There's no mistaking how much wattage this baby is rated for, "1000" clearly printed on top of the PSU. The stripes give the TPQ 1000 a distinctive look and lets everyone know that your system means serious business.
The specification panel reveals four 12V rails that can pump out 18A each with a combined wattage of 840W maximum load. Wow! The 5V and 3.3V rails can pump out an additional 200 watts as well, and the TPQ 1000 comes with a variety of industrial grade protective circuitry like Over Current Protection, Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Proctection, and Under Voltage Protection.
Cables and Connections
The TPQ 1000 is a semi-modular power supply that sports a few essential cables connected to the PSU. As shown above, the 24-pin main connector, 8-pin +12V connector, 4-pin +12V connector, and two 8-pin PCIe connectors are hard wired to the unit. All cables are sleeved from end to end with black, nylon mesh. You can remove 4 pins from the 24-pin connector if your board only supports a 20-pin hookup. Also, the PCIe connectors come with detachable pins in order to convert them to 6-pin if needed. Antec labled the PCIe attachments in order to avoid confusion.
With this power supply, there is a total of 8 modular cables and a variety of connection options. You get one molex cable with three connectors, two more molex cables that have a floppy attachment, one SATA cable with two connectors, two SATA cables with three connectors, and two PCIe cables with 6-pin connectors.
|2||12V 8-pin CPU power||22"|
|3||12V 4-pin CPU power||22"|
|6||(3) Molex and (1) Floppy||39"|
|7||(3) Molex and (1) Floppy||39"|
The included cables come in various lengths but are long enough to to meet the needs of most systems. Each cable is at least 22" long with a couple of the molex cables coming in at 39". Although there are 13 cables available, keep in mind the first five listed in the table are hard wired and there are just five modular sockets available onj the PSU itself.