Enthusiasts pit their computers against tough workloads on a regular basis. Sometimes, they like to just surf the web, but other times they can be putting them through hell by overclocking. This can create such a massive strain on the system that just about any variable can cause it to become unstable. In some of the worst instances, those systems can skip unstable and go straight to damaged simply due to the lack of clean power. Power is the one thing you simply can't fail to provide if you're a serious gamer or overclocker.
The best thing you can do for your system is pick a strong, reliable power supply. What constitutes a "strong, reliable" power supply you ask? This would be a power supply that can provide the cleanest power source possible while maintaining very stable 3.3, 5, and 12 Volt power rails. It should also be able to maintain very acceptable voltages no matter if it's running at 50% or 100% load. Antec seems to think their new True Power 750 Watt (TP-750) Power Supply is up to this task.
Features and Specifications
The new TruePower series by Antec offers users an advanced power supply solution that strikes a balance between reliability, efficiency and quality. With DC to DC voltage regulator modules, a 120mm PWM fan, and 80 PLUS® Bronze certification, the TP-750 (and it's TP-550, TP-650, and TP-750 Blue siblings) are the ideal solution for elite system builders and quality-minded enthusiasts alike.
The PSUs biggest achievement is the 80 Plus Bronze certification. What does that mean? Well, in a nut shell, the PSU passed validation testing and is over 80% efficient. In fact, it usually means it's somewhere around 85%+ efficient at typical load. This most likely has a lot to do with the double layer PCB (not to be confused with Dual PCB design seen in the Signature Series) which ensures better current and thermal resistance which is the number one cause of component degradation.
Also, you can run two seemingly power hungry video cards if needed. You'll find that there are 2 x 8-pin PCIE and 2 x 6-pin PCIE power cables readily available. This is quite capable of operating with a standard Quad Core based system with two GTX 285s installed without issue. Realistic power draw will be some where between 600 and 650 watts if you have quite a few peripherals connected as well.
The ANTEC True Power 750 Watt (TP-750) power supply runs about $169 US and should be available at your favourite stores like NCIX and NewEgg. For more detailed specs, you can check that out on the product home page. However, if you want to know how it performs, and what you're getting, I suggest you read on instead.
What's In The Box?
Antec ships the PSU nicely packed along with the needed fundamentals to offer your computer the best power source. This includes the PSU, mounting screws in case you don't have any, and some braided modular cabling.
The bundled modular cabling include 2 x red 6-pin PCIE, 2 x SATA for 6 components, and 2 x 4-pin Molex for 6 components as well as a standard 120V power cable. This doesn't cover the cabling hardwired to the PSU itself.
Hardwired to the PSU are 1 x SATA for 3 components, 1 x 4-pin Molex + 1 FDD for 3 components, 2 x 6+2-pin PCIE, 1 x 4-pin P4 auxilliary, 1 x 8-pin auxilliary, and the 24-pin main power connector. This helps limit the need for extra modular ports and cabling since you already have it at your finger tips.