Antec HCP Platinum Continuous Power 1000W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Antec have produced some extremely popular power supplies over the years, such as their very reliable PGS series, many of which I’ve owned and used myself over the years. For those with demanding systems, such as test benches, rendering systems and gaming rigs, their HCP Continuous Power units are a popular choice, so we’ve been eager to get one onto our test bench and see how good they really are!

The unit we have today is rated for 1000W with an 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, so there’s no doubt that this is a high-end/enthusiast unit, and that means it’s going to be something worth considering for those building a multi-GPU system thanks for the high power output and the potential long-term savings due to the high levels of efficiency. Of course, we’re also hoping to see stable power output and a whole lot more, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

“Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series is the pinnacle of power supplies. High Current Pro Platinum is fully modular with a revolutionary 20+8-pin MBU socket for the needs of tomorrow. By using a PSU that is 80 PLUS® PLATINUM & ErP Lot 6: 2013 certified, operating up to 94% efficient, you can reduce your electricity bill by up to 25% when compared to many other power supplies. HCP Platinum’s innovative 16-pin sockets create a new level of flexibility by doubling the modular connectivity, supporting two different 8-pins connectors and even future connectors of 10, 12, 14 or 16-pins. Backed by a 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support, the HCP-1000 Platinum embodies everything a power supply can accomplish today.” – Antec

The unit comes with 4 high current +12V rails, a little old school, but balancing your per-rail load is not rocket science for any enthusiast. All the usual protection features are present and accounted for as well as 16-pin modular sockets.

In the box, you’ll find some documentation, a few velcro cable ties and screws, as well as the mains power cable.

There’s also a handy storage bag, which houses all of the included modular cables.

Skylake’s New Graphics Core Names Make More Sense

We finally see Intel getting it right and structuring their naming convention and numbers to actually make sense when it comes to Intel Graphics in its latest Intel Skylake chips. A recent driver leak revealed what the company has planned and how you should choose Intel’s graphics.

Before we get into that, lets see where Intel went into the wrong direction. 2010’s Westmere chips saw the first entry-level HD Graphics, followed by Sandy Bridge’s HD 2000/3000. So far, the numbering system clearly displayed their performance through the latter numbering system.

Intel’s HD Graphics took a turn in 2012 with the Ivy Bridge and HD 2500/4000. From here, Haswell and Broadwell HD Graphics’ numbering system went as a ‘messy’ waterfall, having higher HD Graphics number models with a mixture of frequencies and execution units, sometimes even lower than HD Graphics with a lower numbering system. It was hard distinguishing which is which and what is better that the other without a deep search of the CPU and the graphics it boasted.

Luckily, the leaked Skylake drivers give us some hope and show that Intel is finally tidying its graphics naming conventions, having the company reducing it to a letter followed by three digits as show in the pic below.

According to a blog post from MyDrivers, the HD Graphics will remain the base graphics models, which can be found on the Celeron and Pentium CPUs. The HD 510/515/520/530/535/540 will represent the common multimedia-oriented graphical solutions found on the Core iX models. They will come with various frequencies, so be sure to check the CPU out before you buy it.

The Iris 550 is said to be the higher-level solution found in high-end smartphones, while the Iris Pro 570/580 are found in the top-of-the-line K Desktop models and smartphone models. They are rumoured to boast an embedded catch of 64 MB or 128 MB, depending on the CPU model. Finally, we have the HD P530 and Iris Pro P580, which can be found on the Xeon E3 product line and corresponding desktop version.

Sony Launches Xperia A2

Sony has just made Xperia A2 official in Japan. We are familiar with Sony’s practices of launching devices in the country before teh US and Europe markets; Sony has launched it exclusively with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. Some of the smartphone’s features can lead you to think of it as flagship, but the rest will just define it as high-end at best.

Specifications of the Sony Xperia A2:

  • 4.6-inch 720p display
  • 9.1mm thickness
  •  129 grams
  • 16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Quad core Snapdragon 800 SoC
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • IPX5,8 / IP6X certification for water and dust resistance

Xperia A2 sports a bit dated HD (720p) display which is sensible considering the size of the panel is just 4.6″ so pixel density won’t be hurt as much. It boasts, reportedly, the same shooter as witnessed in Xperia Z1, a 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor and carry all the water and dust resistance capabilities as found in Sony’s Flagship devices. It will be available for purchase starting next month in various color variants like Grey, Pink, Blue and White.

We currently do not have any more information on it global launch, but we will keep you up to date as soon as we do.

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Microsoft’s High-End Lumia Windows 10 Phone in the Works

Windows Phone fans, Rejoice! It has been reported that Microsoft is working to bring two new High-end Lumia Windows Phone devices. These will be running on Tech Giant’s new OS called ‘Windows 10’ with ‘Continuum’ feature baked in.

The more premium Lumia device is codenamed ‘Cityman’. It is supposed to be powered by Qualcomm octa-core processor (possibly Snapdragon 810 chip) coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage which can be expanded using MicroSD card. It will be shipped with 5.7″ Quad HD display and 20 MP rear camera and 5 MP on the front. All of it is backed up by a big 3300 mAh removable battery.

The other Lumia device is codenamed ‘Talkman’. It is supposed to be powered by Qualcomm hexa-core processor ( like Snapdragon 808 on LG G4 ) and backed up by 3000 mAh removable battery and the rest of the internals are same as what ‘Cityman’ is to offer. This device might be slimmer than Lumia 930 (  9.8 mm ).

Both the Lumia devices will carry a Triple-LED flash, each LED will have different shade or ‘tone’ which will allow the camera to take pictures which are much more natural to look. Although there aren’t many details of what’s special feature these devices have to offer but we will keep you posted as soon as we do.

The market has been full with Apples and Androids lately, so something new is definitely required. What do you think about this move, should they just move on by dropping the Windows platform or do you think its a good OS? Let us know about your views in the comment section.

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AOC Reveals First Affordable High-End 4K Resolution 28″ Display In London

The display industry has been cooking up new ways to improve our visual experience for some time now, from 3D features to Virtual Reality gear which isn’t quite ready just yet. However, the latter is not always useful in all areas, therefore the focus has been shifted to 4K technology it seems.

Whether designing, gaming or entertainment activities is in order, 4K technology will always do the trick. This might have sounded appealing to most in the past, but actually acquiring one meant selling an arm and a leg, since the prices were well into the thousands and even more in some cases. No, the price has drastically dropped to around £600 or less for most 4K displays which also meant a drop in specs, but not for AOC and their new 28″ display it seems.

AOC has revealed this first affordable gaming high-spec 28″ display, the U2868Pqu, at the PC Retail Bootcamp event in London. It features a 1ms response timing, which means users do not have to worry about ghosting problems at all, a 300 cd/m brightness rate for high contrast and a 60 Hz refresh rate. These features can be found on its 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution, making it a must-have item when it comes to enthusiastic gamers or even designers.

In terms of connectivity, the U2868Pqu comes with Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and Display Port support, having additional built-in speakers. However, gaming enthusiast will not be quite fond of the speakers, but nonetheless it comes as an additional support when in need of an output device.

In terms of a specific price, Amazon.co.uk has listed the display at a price of £537.60, giving it a release date set for the 1st of June.

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LTE and 64-bit Support Brought Forth In Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 410

It was only a matter of time before Qualcomm would try to enter the market with its own chipset capable of supporting 64-bit, though the processor does not appear to be of the high-end range. The Snapdragon 410, however, is a 28nm SoC that seems to be focused more on lower-end devices and emerging markets instead. The new Snapdragon is expected to arrive at manufacturers in the first half of 2014, with it reaching consumer devices somewhere in Q2 2014.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, though not as high-end as we would have hoped, does come with plenty of extra feature support. One of the main features is the LTE, which Qualcomm says is a feature it wants to bring to all of its products. In particular, this next-gen connectivity comes with multimode and multiband support, ensuring that many devices carrying the chip will work on LTE networks around the globe. Another feature of the Snapdragon 410 will be an Adreno 306 GPU, which will offer support for dual and triple-SIM devices. Other features consist of having 1080p video playback capability, a 13-megapixels camera range, Along with GPS/GLONASS, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC and Bluetooth.

Qualcomm wants to dominate the smartphone and tablet market in terms of processor manufacturer, therefore the new Qualcomm Snapdragon will have a compatibility table spanning from Android to Windows Phone and even Firefox OS, all the way to “high-volume” devices in emerging markets which sell for under $150.

Although this is just a low-end processor that Qualcomm announced, it would not make sense if they did not release any high-end version in the near future. Especially when CES and MWC are not too far away.

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15-Core Intel Ivytown CPU To Target High-End Servers

Intel will release a 15-Core server chip code-named Ivytown that will target at high-end servers market. The processor will be based on Intels Haswell Predecessor, the Ivybridge, and will be called the Xeon E7 Ivytown. Intel confirmed that it will release a 15-core server chip code-named Ivytown, which will be based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Intel’s high-end server CPUs at the moment are the 12-Cores Xeon E5 v2 chips.

As said previously, The 15-core chip is destined for high-end servers, and it will most likely go into four to eight-socket servers, which typically handle high-end computing for databases and enterprise resource planning systems. Adding CPU cores is a power-efficient way to increase processing power. Chip makers started adding cores as an alternative to cranking up the clock speed of
, which caused chips to draw more power.

Intel’s Ivytown brings the company close to AMD, which has managed a 16-Cores spec into its latest Opteron 6300 chips. AMD shipped its first 16-core Opteron chips code-named Interlagos in 2011 and has not added cores to chips since. AMD next year plans to release new x86 server chips that will also have up to 16 cores.

Intel’s Ivytown is already being manufactured using the 22nm technology and it will be part of a Xeon E7-v2 server chip line, which is code-named Ivy Bridge-EX. Dual-Core chips dominate laptops, while desktops are largely at Quad-Core. But faster processors are needed in servers handling tasks ranging from basic cloud transactions to supercomputing, which is why more cores are being added to chips. The 15-core chip will provide incremental performance benefits to the 12-core Intel chip.

There is no official announcements on a release date for the Ivytown CPU, nor a glance at what the price tag might be on this 15-Cored monster. We will just have to wait and see what next year will bring forth.

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MediaTek To Shift Its Focus To Tablet SoC and LTE Enabled Chips In 2014

MediaTek is planning to shift its target to the tablet SoCs and LTE enabled chipsets for smartphones next year. According to TelecomTiger(via Fudzilla), MediaTek general manager of international sales and marketing Finbarr Moynihan said the company wants to “democratize” smartphones and bring them to new markets. He noted that five to six billion people in India, China, Asia and Africa are moving into the middle class and generating demand for smart devices on a budget.

It is somewhat surprising that MediaTek is also targeting the high-end segment, whereas the company has already announced its first A15 big.LITTLE processor, it seems we are also going to see more high-end products next year.

MediaTek is going to release up to eight new tablet parts, along with mid-range phone chips. Taking a leap to the high-end chip market means rivaling with Qualcomm and NVIDIA, but MediaTek might have its own secrets which will maintain its chips at the high-end competition line.

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Emperor Chair 1510 – The Biggest And Meanest Workstation Or Gaming Gear Ever Made?

Now this is an interesting contraption indeed, the “Infinity Emperor”, the ultimate in modern computing. Offering the future of workstations and the pinnacle of high-end computing, here and now. Featuring three 24″ Asus 144Hz Gaming monitors, support for a full audio system, Radeon R9-290X Crossfire, LED lighting and a full custom watercooled set up. Designed for the true enthusiast, the “Infinity Emperor” enables you to immerse yourself in the computing experience deeper than ever before. Constructed from premium grade materials. Equipped with the latest technology from Intel & AMD, the “Infinity Emperor”performs like no other.

The Emperor 1510 Chair could be the future for high-end workstations and home computing environments. The construction is stylized after a scorpion and very stable, providing the user varying options of tilt, an integrated audio system, LED lighting. It can also be solemnly used as a gaming seat as well. The Emperor 1510 offers various features that allow the user to experience new sensations of comfort never experienced before.

The brackets of the Emperor 1510 are handcrafted and made from molded stylish Canadian steel, which is solid 4.7 mm thick. All the steel straps present, are made of high quality powder-coating and are supplied by the manufacturer with 5 years warranty on any structural defects. The seat itself is of high quality microfiber fabric.

The varied mounting options for the monitor enables the user to install either the Emperor 1510 with a single monitor up to 30 inches wide or three monitors up to 24 inches (need to VESA standard support). The upper part of the seat is height adjustable via the attached steel bars.

In addition to the individual product, a complete system, the „Infinity Emperor“ is offered at Overclockers UK. The Infinity Emperor system is armed with the Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core, 8-Thread CPU overclocked to a minimum of 4.70GHz. Unchained, all four cores operate in unison in speeds never experienced before, bringing the computational experience into warp speed. Thermal management is controlled by a beautiful and intricate Custom Watercooling Loop featuring Mayhems Purple pastel fluid for a wonderfully organic effect. The memory runs at a rapid 2133MHz throughout all 16GB with a tight CAS latency of 10, bandwidth is nigh on unlimited.

Storage is handled by both a SSD & HDD, a Samsung 840 Evo Series 250GB is selected a primary drive enabled for record OS boot times and configured for split second application and game load times. The secondary HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 2TB Sata III drive offering ample space for literally everything else. Tertiary drive options are available for those who wish to contain libraries worth of data with their Infinity System.

Decked out with a pair of AMD Radeon R9 290X 4096MB graphics cards configured in Crossfire for ultimate firepower in maximum attack mode. Both cards are fully watercooled which delivers a soothingly silent experience. There is even 4K display resolutions support to go with the rocket-powered configuration, coming as standardly configured with three Asus 24″ 144MHz LED monitors for a massive expanse of desktop space.

Powering up this massive beast is the Be Quiet 1000W “80+ Bronze Rated” 1000W PSU, relentlessly giving your components the life force required to operate at 110% whilst maintaining world-class efficiency and unrivalled silence. Modular cabling allows for a neat installation, which is beneficial both aesthetically and ideal for optimal airflow.All of this is installed within the Lian Li D600WB Brushed Aluminium Cube Case, showcasing the sophistication and empowerment unlined by the Infinity Emperor.

When it comes to prices, for the basic equipment you have to be prepared with a sum of £4999.99 inc VAT for each Emperor Chair 1510, and £9999.99 inc VAT for the complete system „Infinity Emperor“ consisting of the Emperor Chair 1510 and the high-end gaming system and three monitors as standard.

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