Antec has announced its highest-wattage power supply to date – the HCP 1300. This power supply is built to be the ultimate high-end gaming power supply, and comes with all the technologies we'd expect from such a unit.
For starters, the unit is 80 Plus Platinum certified. Efficiency levels tower as high as 94 percent. In addition, it has a silent 135 mm fan, as well as 'stealth-wires' for minimal wiring visibility.
12 V power is dealt with through four individual 12 V rails that can all operate at 100 percent capacity on a continuous basis. If more power is needed, the PSU has Antec's OC Link technology to allow two of these power supplies to operate together, doubling the effective power available to a single machine.
The HCP 1300 Platinum also comes with a fully modular cable design, and support for the upcoming 28-pin MBU connector for motherboards (to replace the 24-pin ATX connectors). Furthermore, it comes with wiring for a total of 10 PCIe power connectors, allowing for a heap of graphics cards to be installed.
Even the labeling on the unit itself is well planned, as Antec has clearly shown which of the pins on the 12 V modular plugs correspond to which rail, which if properly used will help you ensure that you won't overload a single rail, but rather spread out the load.
"Antec Power supplies have always been known for their high quality, functionality and reliability," says Jerome Francois, European Sales Director at Antec, Inc. "The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum PSUs are not only quieter and energy efficient, but also equipped to provide customers with enhanced flexibility and a complete modular cable design to ensure a rewarding, high-performance experience."
The unit should be arriving to shelves any day now, with street pricing hovering around the $300 mark.
Pretty much this ^^
Unless you're running some quad-dual GPU setup with lots of water cooling, there is little way for a modern computer to consume anywhere near 1KW.
Many reviews, including Toms, will show kill-a-watt power usage, and you will see 100watt TDP CPUs coupled with 250watt GPUs, and both overclocked, and the entire system will be pulling less than 300watts at the socket. And that's with synthetic benchmarks which bring out the worst of them both.
Most TDPs are worst case, where everything is taxed to 100%. It's hard to both run the GPU and Memory at 100% because one is normally stalled waiting on the other.
I know TDP is "thermal", but it seems to be closely related to actual power draw and seems to be the value listed.
You apparently have no idea of what is written in the power supply's manual. As any power conversion equipment, efficiency is low at lower loads. I never said it wouldn't comply with the standard, what I meant (and wrote, actually), is that the advertised 94% efficiency is very unlikely to be met under realistic usage. 90% is still great, but it is not what is advertised.
Also, as for the "powerful" bit, there's this thing called sarcasm you might want to take a look at:
A bargain is NOT what you pay, it's what you get. A powerful, quality PSU represents a degree of peace of mind not to be overlooked.