Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w ATX PSU
Packaging & Appearance
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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