Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging
 
Antec have always kept a rather professional look to their products and packaging and the Truepower Quattro certainly isn't any different. Using only Black and White as the primary colours with a picture of the unit contained within the large "1000" text towards the bottom of the box, the Quattro is likely to stand out on retailers shelves for its simplicity and fresh looks.
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Front Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Back
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Front Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Specs Box
 
Despite the minimalist approach to the top of the box, Antec have printed a full specs listing in three different languages along with a table detailing the layout of all rails on the Quattro around the back of the box. Potential buyers can also see at a glance  the type (and number) of connectors found on the unit thanks to the row of thumbnail-style images shown above (lower-right).
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Side Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Side
 
In contrast with the plain white theme used on most of the box, the sides feature a chequered effect black background. One side shows pictures of the unit with the modular connectors both connected and disconnected, while the other side has a total of eight small images which represent the most prominent features of the Quattro series.
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Box Open Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Contents
 
With the unit weighing in at close to 3kg the last thing you want is poor packaging that allows the unit to freely move around the box destroying everything in its path. Thankfully Antec have sandwiched the Quattro within two large moulded styrofoam blocks that keep the unit firmly in place and protect it from damage by any butter-fingered couriers. Also included inside the box are the following items: Two packs of modular cables, Mains Cable, 4x ATX case screws, Manual.
 
 
Appearance
 
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! Ok, not really - but as mentioned earlier, everything about the Quattro, from it's go-faster stripes to it's vented grills certainly give off a car-like feel. However, let's put the jokes aside for one minute and see exactly what the unit has to offer...
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Top Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Side
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Front Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Back
 
The top of the unit sports two large white stripes in parallel down the length of the casing along with a racing-style oval team number section containing the number 1000. Both the top and side of the unit feature ventilation grills which undoubtedly assist in keeping the unit cool, but at the same time also give the unit a mean look. It's also worth noting at this point that the 850w version of the unit is finished with yellow decals, and the upcoming 1200w version in orange.
 
Interestingly, Antec have opted for a single 80mm fan on the unit. With many manufacturers moving to 120mm and 135mm fan based PSU's, some users may find this a rather strange choice. However, as we've discussed in the past, the use of an 80mm fan allows the use of much taller components inside the unit and the direct pull of air through the unit (rather than in an L shape like on 120mm based PSU's) is often more efficient.
 
Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Side  Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w Switch
 
The specification sticker can be found at the side of the unit, and it's good to see that Antec have made every effort to blend it in with the black and white theme of the PSU. However, when we move around to the back of the unit we can see that Antec have opted for a rather small switch. While this will undoubtedly be rated to cope with the current being pulled by the unit, I've often found that this style of switch is more prone to failure than the larger, industrial style switches found on other high-wattage units.
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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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