Antec CP-850 Power Supply Review

👤by James Clewer Comments 📅13-06-09

The PSU is in my honest opinion THE most important component in a PC. It's the beating heart that every bit of hardware in a computer relies on. Finding a high quality, quiet and dependable supply is the holy grail of any PC build. Antec have sent their CP-850 PSU for review so hopefully it will do well.

Antec are a well known and highly regarded silent performance case, cooling and PSU company. Having recently reviewed the excellent P193 'Performance One' flagship enclosure i am hoping their new PSU lives up to my expectations.

A little info from the Antec themselves...

Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative 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 wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec's products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gamer enclosure: the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.

Specifically they describe the CP-850 PSU as follows...

The CP-850 features a unique design with an advanced cooling system, exclusively compatible with some of Antec's most cutting-edge Gamer and Performance One enclosures, including the Twelve Hundred, P183 and P193. By breaking the mold of standardised power supply size restrictions, the CP-850 design is able to provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio. A silent rear 120mm PWM fan and dual PCB layout also ensure optimal cooling performance and reliability.

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