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Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Review

CP-850 Overview
The first thing you will notice about the CP-850 power supply is how big it actually is! The unit’s dimensions are 4.7” x 6.9” x 7.9”, which mean it is much bigger than the normal power supply. Check out the picture below as we compared it to the Thermaltake Evo_Blue 750W power supply.

Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply

Like most power supplies you have a list of max loads on the side and information. Moving around to the back of the power supply you have the power connector and power switch. The entire back of the power supply has a honeycomb design that will help air flow easily out of the unit.

Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply

The big thing to notice about the front of the unit is the large 120mm intake fan. This is one of the first times that I’ve seen a fan on the outside of a power supply. The CP-850 is only partially modular so there are 4 modular connectors on the front of the unit. The opening where the cables come out of the power supply is rolled steel so you don’t have to worry about any of your cables getting sliced.

Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply

So as far as the cables that are already attached to the power supply you have the 20+4 pin motherboard connector, 4 pin ATX, 8 pin EPS, 2x 6+2 PCI-E, 3x SATA and 3x molex. Included are 6 modular cables that include 6x SATA, 6x molex and 2x 6 pin PCI.

Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply

So before we get into installation why has Antec gone with this larger form factor? The reason for this is because with the extra room Antec is able to have a dual PCB layout inside of the unit. Most power supply have a single PCB layout. The dual PCB layout improves airflow and allows for heavy duty components.

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