Appearance, Cables, and Connectors

In contrast to most other products the housing of the HCP-750 is coated in anthracite. The fan grille has a pseudo-octagon shape and the front has protruding connector sockets in red and black. The fan is noticeably smaller than the case. The ventilation holes are (as usual) honeycombed and relatively small. This is advantageous for ensuring EMI is within spec but disadvantageous for cooling. A small power switch is located directly next to the power input.

Overall, the build quality of the case is flawless. On almost all sides of the PSU Antec logos can be found. At 180mm long and considering the power rating and modular connector system, the power supply is an average size. Under the cable sleeving you can still see the yellow, orange and red wires.

Cables and Connectors

 

Main 24-pin 55cm fixed
ATX12V/EPS12V 4+4-pin 65cm fixed, 8-pin 65cm modular
PCIe 2x 6/8-pin (55, 70 cm) fixed, 2x 6/8-pin (55, 70 cm) modular
Peripheral 3x SATA (55, 70, 85 cm), 3x SATA (55, 70, 85 cm), 3x SATA (55, 70, 85 cm) all modular
3x HDD (55, 70, 85 cm), 3x HDD, 1x FDD (55, 70, 85, 100 cm) all modular

With four 6/8-pin PCIe connectors the power supply is relatively well equipped. Despite the somewhat more generous cable cross-section it would have been better to split the PCIe connectors onto four separate cables, though that can also create more cable clutter within a case if you need to use all the cables.

The 24-pin, the 4+4-pin 12V AUX, and two of the PCIe connectors are permanently installed at the power supply. This is quite understandable, since this power supply will typically be used with powerful graphics cards. The HCP-750 has six Molex connectors, which should be sufficient for the vast majority of builds. The fact that Antec offers two 8-pin connectors for server motherboards is another great idea. A fixed FDD connector is included in the configuration as well, which will still be useful for some builds.

Antec HCP-750 Specifications Internal Design and Components
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  • buzznut - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    Wow, sorry to hear that but it kinda sounds like luck of the draw to me. I've used Antec products for quite a while and they've always been high quality.
    My Antec 650W Blue PSU has been doing well for 3 years and I expect it to continue for at least another 3, probably more.

    I've always used WD hard drives, until I had a 500GB green drive fail on me. Now I am skeptical to give them another chance, much like you. I suppose I would give them another shot. On the other hand, the first Foxconn mobo I bought was a piece of crap and I won't bother with that brand anymore.

    Trust is something I've always had in Antec products. However PSU dealers like Antec are dependent on the quality of the OEM manufacturer. So, yeah I agree that some of the better Antec and Corsair units have been Seasonic in origin.
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  • SixOfSeven - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    The original Seasonic X-series (X-650, etc.) used PWM fans. I believe the new ones (X-660, etc.) use non-PWM fans. Was the entire rationale for the "new" X-series products just to avoid paying royalties on yet another patent that should never have been issued? Reply
  • Martin Kaffei - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    The new X-Series versions have an improved technology (better MOSFETs, some layout changes, larger heatsinks) too. So I wouldn't say they made new products just because they didn't want to pay for PWM.

    The Seasonic X-Series is great, since they use Sanyo Denki fans and a semi-passive cooling. Even if there is no more PWM the fan (and fan regulation) is still satisfying.

    Btw. Corsair AX (X-750 design) has no PWM. There is definitely a patent for PWM fans in power supplies. Seasonic paid, Corsair not.
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  • ishbuggy - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Nice article, but could you put captions on your photos? They are nice but not always clear what they are highlighting. Sorry for being nitpicky :P Reply
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Hey!
    Thanks for the review of this item (though I'm not in the market for that much power, prefer the 500-600W range which is sufficient for my single CPU/GPU configurations).
    I am going to be buying a new PSU around Christmas and my two current favorites are the Seasonic X-560 or the new be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM. Are you going to be able to review the be quiet? It has a larger fan, is cheaper. The Seasonic has the advantage of being proven and semi-passive. I'd be interested to know how they fair against each other. :-)
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  • buzznut - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    Couldn't find a review on the unit you're looking for but it sounds promising, hre's a review on its smaller 400 W sibling:
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReview...
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  • Death666Angel - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    Thanks for that, but the review is of the E8, which is the predecessor to the E9 which has just been released. The E8 is just bronze/silver, whereas the E9 is all the way gold as far as I can tell. :-) Reply
  • sierraindigo - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Two references to HCG-750, which is (probably?) a different product. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Oops... my bad in editing. High Current Gamer is definitely a different product, though I'm not sure if a 750W model exists. Anyway, I've replaced the references with the HCP. Thanks! Reply
  • buzznut - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    Yeah. high current gamer also by Antec. An easy enough mistake. Reply

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