Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w ATX PSU

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction
 
In the two years that I've been reviewing PSU's for Overclock3D I've certainly seen a lot of different designs. From the boring black ones, to the brushed aluminium ones and even ones with metallic paint jobs. It seems that PSU manufacturers will do anything to separate their latest kilowatt monsters from the rest of the bunch. However, when I was tipped off that a well known manufacturer had started a new line of PSU's with go-faster stripes, the boy racer inside me got a rude awakening!
 
So, who could possibly come up with the cunning idea of plastering their latest high-end PSU with the decals used on an 80's sports car? Well you can cross off the highly respectable manufacturers such as Antec for a start......err, OK maybe not!
 
 Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w PR Image Audi Quattro!
Did Antec borrow some ideas from the Audi Quattro?
 
Today we're going to be test driving Antec's latest and greatest PSU: the Quattro 1000w. It's been a while since we last heard anything from Antec on the PSU front, so it'll certainly be interesting to see if they've still got what it takes to keep up with the competition. However, before we get down to business let's do the obligatory ego check of Antec by visiting the "About us" section of their website:
 
About Us
Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of efficient, quiet, and reliable products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.

Antec’s offering of enclosures includes a large range of cases, such as its technically advanced Performance One Series, cost-effective New Solution Series and server grade cases designed for the needs of all workstation and server markets. Antec’s products also include front line power supplies such as its TruePower Trio series, Quattro series, and EarthWatts, the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are geared toward the gaming demographic, like the Nine Hundred, the premier gamer enclosure. Antec also offers a computing accessories line comprised of many original products, including its patented LED Fans and Notebook Cooling solutions.
 
I'm pretty confident that almost all enthusiasts will have heard of Antec at some point, so I'll spare any additional detail on the information above. However, if you're interested in some of Antec's previous products that have been reviewed here at Overclock3D, please check some of the following links: NeoHE 550w PSU, Phantom 500w PSU, P182 Case.
 
Now that we've got the boring stuff out of the way, let's check out the spec sheet ...
 
Introduction
You could search the four corners of the earth for a stable and reliable power supply, but you won't find better than Antec’s TruePower Quattro™! Available in 850 and 1000 Watts, the Quattro™ is more compact than most competing power supplies of the same wattage, yet ideally suited for handling the most demanding system specs. Four 12V rails increase your system stability by letting you distribute your power more than ever before. The Quattro comes with four PCI-E connectors for powering one (or even two) of the newest generation of video cards. All modular cables are sleeved and labelled to give your system a clean and professional look-while the racing stripe paint job adds extra style.

Features
* NVIDIA™ SLI™-ready certified
* 80PLUS® Certified
* Universal Input, automatically adjusts for 100V to 240V power grids
* Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) helps reduce electrical waste
* Supports EPS12V v2.91 and ATX12V systems
* Four 12V output circuits provide supreme system stability
* Accurate power rating allows TruePower Quattro to deliver its full rated power (24 hours a day rated at 50ºC)
* Up to 85% efficient
* 80mm low noise cooling fan
* Heavy duty protection circuitry prevents damage resulting from short circuits (SCP), over voltages (OVP), under voltages (UVP), and over current (OCP)
* 2 x 8-pin PCI-E connectors and 2 x 6-pin connectors for PCI-Express graphics cards
* MTBF: 100,000 hours
* Safety approvals: UL, CUL, FCC, TÜV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB
* Gold plated connectors for superior conductivity
* AQ5 -Antec Quality five-year parts and labor warranty
* Dimensions:
- 3.4"(H) x 5.9"(W) x 7.1"(D)
- 8.6cm(H) x 15cm(W) x 18cm(D)
* Net weight:
- 5.75lbs / 2.6kg

Output table:

Output Voltage

Load Range
Surge
Reg.
Ripple
Noise
Min
Max
+5V
0.2A

30.0A

N/A
±3ï¼…
50
50
+12V1
0.1A
18.0A
N/A
±3ï¼…
120
120
+12V2
0.5A
18.0A
N/A
±3ï¼…
120
120
+12V3
0 A
18.0A
N/A
±3ï¼…
120
120

+12V4

0 A
18.0A
N/A
±3ï¼…
120
120
-12V
0 A
0.5A
N/A

±5ï¼…

120
120
+5VSB
0 A

3.0A

N/A
±5ï¼…
50
50
+3.3V
0.1A
25.0A
N/A
±3ï¼…
50
50
Total Power: 1000W continuous output @ 50C
+5V and +3.3V combined max. output: 200W
+12V outputs combined max. output: 840W(70A)
 
With four +12v rails rated at a total of 18a each (total combined output of 70a) and four PCI-E connectors (2x 6-Pin / 2x 8-Pin) we can certainly see where the "Quattro" name comes from. While we're on the subject of power output, the Antec also sports a healthy output on both its +3.3v and +5.0v rails rated at 25a and 30a respectively.
 
Other aspects of the Quattro are as you'd expect for a new PSU entering the market: 85% efficiency, safety features such as SCP (Short Circuit Protection), OVP (Over Voltage Protection),  OCP (Over Current Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection) and a generous 5yr warranty.
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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2008, 07:20:26

JN
"A PSU with go-faster stripes?? It looks like Antec may have just awoken the boy racer in me!"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...202721507s.jpg



Antec Quattro 1000w Review

31-01-2008, 07:26:37

Mr. Smith
Bolt on a garrett, dump valve, lets swap out the cams, rad, zorst etc and we'll get 2000w out of it

(Goes to read review)

Edit: rofl

Rumour has it that when Antec set about designing the Quattro, they enlisted help from a group of teenagers found performing hand-brake turns in their local supermarket car park on a Friday night!

31-01-2008, 07:57:28

nunzio
Its a Chav PSU!

Just needs the LCD Fan and some neon lights somewhere.

31-01-2008, 08:22:16

Ham
Looks pretty dam good tbh (performance wise...). 900odd watt it can keep its rails to spec and only 125.

31-01-2008, 13:51:13

markkleb
Silly me but if a PS says 1000watts it should put out 1000 watts in the real world.

31-01-2008, 13:54:13

FarFarAway
It probably will, that was just due to our load tester not being able to reach 1000w...yet

31-01-2008, 13:57:06

markkleb
oops, my bad.

31-01-2008, 14:42:59

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='markkleb'
oops, my bad.
Yeah, 919w is about as close as we can get to 1000w, after that the load tester hits about 1100w.

31-01-2008, 14:51:48

markkleb
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Yeah, 919w is about as close as we can get to 1000w, after that the load tester hits about 1100w.
I REALLY need to read the whole review before I go spouting off, lol...very nice review by the way

31-01-2008, 15:02:29

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='markkleb'
I REALLY need to read the whole review before I go spouting off, lol...very nice review by the way
You're forgiven...now come 'ere lets av a hug.

31-01-2008, 15:11:33

markkleb
:hands: I forgot about all the cool smilies..:rocker::haha:

01-02-2008, 16:10:17

AntecRep
Just wanted to note that the reason there's only 5 jacks on the back of the PSU for extra cables is because of all the stuff we have already hardwired into the unit. We prefer to avoid extra connectors in-between the power supply and sensitive parts like the motherboard, CPU, and graphics card.

Also, if your serial number shows that the psu was manufactured within the warranty period, then a receipt is not required.

Hope that's useful information.

01-02-2008, 16:14:28

markkleb
Thanks for the clairification. And welcome to OC3D

01-02-2008, 16:35:05

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AntecRep'
Just wanted to note that the reason there's only 5 jacks on the back of the PSU for extra cables is because of all the stuff we have already hardwired into the unit. We prefer to avoid extra connectors in-between the power supply and sensitive parts like the motherboard, CPU, and graphics card.

Also, if your serial number shows that the psu was manufactured within the warranty period, then a receipt is not required.

Hope that's useful information.
Hi Antec,

Thanks for joining the forum to clear up some of the points raised in the review.

Indeed the hard-wiring of the ATX, EPS-12v and PCi-E connectors is a very good idea as most/all of these cables will be used anyway. However, if you compare the Quattro with any of these units:

CM Real Power Pro 1kw

Enermax Infiniti 720w

Enermax Galaxy 1kw

Thermaltake ToughPower 1.5kw

They all feature hard wired ATX/PCI-E connectors (some even SATA/Molex) and all have between 8-10 modular plugs available for connectors.

Other than this shortcoming, the Quattro really is a very stable PSU and the price is outstanding.

01-02-2008, 16:59:27

Bungral
Quite impressed that the time is taken for someone to join the forum and try to explain things

Welcome to the forum.
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