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Antec Returns To PSUs With The High Current Gamer Bronze Line

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Antec had been quiet for some time in the PSU market, but that changed recently with its new High Current Gamer Gold line. The company revealed two 80 PLUS Bronze certified models with 750W and 850W capacities that belong to the High Current Gamer Bronze line.

Despite the low efficiency rating, the HCG Bronze units use quality components along with a fully modular cable design, which is the main reason behind their increased prices. We found the HCG850 Bronze at $100 and its smaller brother at $90, both on Newegg. For a few dollars more, you can get similar capacity Gold (or ETA-A) certified PSUs from respective manufacturers like Seasonic, Corsair, and EVGA, so it's unlikely that the new Antec PSUs will set any records. On the contrary, most users will prefer to invest in higher efficiency, and more silent, PSUs rather than spend roughly the same amount of money for a notably less efficient power supply. 

The HCG Gold units are based on Seasonic's Focus Plus Gold platform, but we aren't sure about the OEM of the HCG Bronze units. The latter, according to Antec, exclusively use Japanese caps, along with a double ball-bearing fan. DBB fans are noisy, especially compared to fans that use fluid dynamic bearings, but they're much more resilient to high operating temperatures. The provided warranty for the HCG Bronze units is set at five years, which is quite long for PSUs of this efficiency rating, while the max operating temperature for continuous full load operation is 40°C.

Both units use the same cable configuration, which consists of two EPS and four PCIe connectors, along with nine SATA and four 4-pin Molex connectors. The number of provided connectors is adequate, and we're satisfied with the couple of EPS connectors, because they make those PSUs compatible with mainboards that need more juice in the CPU socket's area.

Antec High Current Gamer Bronze Series Features & Specs
M/NHCG850 Bronze, HCG750 Bronze
OEMNo Info
Capacities (W)850, 750
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Bronze
NoiseNo Cybenetics Rating
ModularYes (Fully)
Intel Haswell ReadyYes
Operating temperature0°C - 40°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection Under Voltage Protection Over Power Protection Over Current Protection Over Temperature Protection Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135mm Double-Ball Bearing
Semi-Passive ModeNo
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 165 mm (D)
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
EPS Connectors2x
PCIe Connectors (6+2pin)4x
SATA Connectors9x
4-Pin Molex Connectors5x
+12V Max PowerHCG850 Bronze: 850W HCG750 Bronze: 750W
5V & 3.3V Max Power150W
Warranty5 years
PriceHCG850 Bronze: $99.99 HCG850 Bronze: $89.99
  • JTWrenn
    Without a break down of how the rails are configured this is kind of a useless article.
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  • ko888
    The info is available on Antec's website:

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  • Aris_Mp
    Did you bother to look at the provided table? Max power at +12V, which what matters the most, is clearly shown there, along with the max combined power of the minor rails.
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  • orionfotl
    Hey Aris, somebody at TechPowerUP found internal pics of these units. The OEM is Andyson: http://www.hkepc.com/16432/135mm風æ??å?¨æ¨¡çµ?設è¨?_ANTEC_HCG_Bronze_850W_é?»æº?ä¾?æ??å?¨
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  • orionfotl
    The URL got messed up because of Chinese characters, use this one: goo.gl/Dr13fA
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  • Aris_Mp
    Thank you Orion! I was suspecting Andyson as well, but I wanted to be sure before I write something :)
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