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#1 Nemo

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:18 AM

OCC reviewer paulktreg evaluates a power supply from Antec and finds its price/performance ratio to be attractive enough to merit your consideration. Check out his review of the Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply - http://www.overclock...antec_hcg_620w/

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:40 AM

Nice review. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:56 AM

Not enough power for me.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:21 PM

Not enough power for me.


Not everyone needs 1200W PSUs. Some people are more than fine running something under 700W, so for them, this Antec HCG is perfect.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Not everyone needs 1200W PSUs. Some people are more than fine running something under 700W, so for them, this Antec HCG is perfect.


Though, it's based on an older SeaSonic platform that's not worth it unless you're trying to cut costs. If you can afford a few ten dollars more, there's a marginal gap between this SeaSonic S12 II and the units over 700W. The Mushkin Joule 800W is an excellent unit that sells for a bit more, and is superior to this one in all ways. It's been reviewed here and has hit the home gold with, IIRC, no downsides.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:57 PM

Though, it's based on an older SeaSonic platform that's not worth it unless you're trying to cut costs. If you can afford a few ten dollars more, there's a marginal gap between this SeaSonic S12 II and the units over 700W. The Mushkin Joule 800W is an excellent unit that sells for a bit more, and is superior to this one in all ways. It's been reviewed here and has hit the home gold with, IIRC, no downsides.

A couple tens of dollars more is a pretty significant when you're talking about an inexpensive $75 PSU.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

A couple tens of dollars more is a pretty significant when you're talking about an inexpensive $75 PSU.


Depends. But let's do a direct comparison then,

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182068

same price, but what does the Capstone have over the HCG? It's built on the same SuperFlower design used in NZXT Hale90 and Kingwin LZG units. With higher efficiency, better performance, superior built with DC-DC converters, can act like a Silver rated 650W unit so on and so forth. The Capstone's are currently leading the budget segment. The older SeaSonic builts (HCG/TX650 etc.) are good, but they just don't have it all.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:22 PM

Depends. But let's do a direct comparison then,

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182068

same price, but what does the Capstone have over the HCG? It's built on the same SuperFlower design used in NZXT Hale90 and Kingwin LZG units. With higher efficiency, better performance, superior built with DC-DC converters, can act like a Silver rated 650W unit so on and so forth. The Capstone's are currently leading the budget segment. The older SeaSonic builts (HCG/TX650 etc.) are good, but they just don't have it all.

Almost the same price, sure. It's also slightly less powerful.

Note that the HCG got a bronze award for a reason versus a silver or gold. It's not represented as the be-all, end-all PSU. It's $75, and for a 620 watt PSU that's fairly good in most aspects, that's not a bad deal at all. It's just not an amazing deal. :teehee:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:30 PM

Almost the same price, sure. It's also slightly less powerful.

Note that the HCG got a bronze award for a reason versus a silver or gold. It's not represented as the be-all, end-all PSU. It's $75, and for a 620 watt PSU that's fairly good in most aspects, that's not a bad deal at all. It's just not an amazing deal. :teehee:


Not at all, the HCG is actually nearing the limits of it's design. The Capstone OTOH can be used as a 650W unit; and the same can be said for the Kingwin LZP-550, it's rated to do Gold well under spec at 650W. That platform is more modern and stronger.

Though, yeah, not trying to say the HCG is good or bad TBH. Just that there're better deals to be found.

Edited by Johnny Doe, 25 January 2012 - 05:34 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:34 PM

The Capstone OTOH can be used as a 650W unit; the same can be said for the Kingwin LZP-550, it's rated to do Gold well under spec at 650W. That platform is more modern and stronger.

Just because it's based on the same platform doesn't mean that it actually has the same guts though - a slightly different variation could be more efficient but less powerful overall. I know what you mean though - my PSU is rated for 950 watts but it's able to put out more that 1000 watts easily without over-stressing it at all.

I'm not saying those are - just that it's not out of the question. :cheers:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:04 PM

Here's a "be it all, END ALL." PSU BTW... :D

http://www.geeks.com...0G-24PE&cat=PWR

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:06 PM

DC Output Power Specifications:
+3.3V, 45A
+5V, 50A
+12V, 22A
-12V, 0.8A
+5Vsb, 2A



:lol: Look at that 12v rail. That design is from the P3 era. :biggrin:

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