Antec HCG 520W: A Good PSU for Bargain Huntersby Martin Kaffei on May 31, 2011 6:55 PM EST
Appearance and Fan
The black finish is pretty typical these days, but the red accents add a nice touch. The fan grille also mixes things up by using a slight octagonal cutout. The ventilation holes at the back are honeycombed and there is a small power switch beside the AC inlet. At 160mm in length, this is a relatively small case and will work well in smaller enclosures. Personally, I think the design of this model is more professional than that of the HCG-750, so hopefully Antec continues to use this design.
ADDA is an often used company that delivers decent fans for power supplies. This ball bearing type has the model number ADN512MB-A90. This 135mm fan can spin at up to 1700RPM, so it shouldn't get too loud. The nine fan blades are well-made but overall it won't be able to surpass a Sanyo Denki fan.
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radium69 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - linkGreat review,
Glad to see Antec doing well in the power supply business especially the "Gamer" series.
Also for $60 you can't really go wrong with it. And its efficiency on 230V is simply remarkable at lower loads.
Only problem is that we get ripped off here in the Netherlands...
The model currently costs at it cheapest! 72 euro = $103
I remember I bought my 750W OCZ GameXtream (HQ components, great power supply) for 90 euro. That was like 4 years ago...
European markets suck...
dingetje - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI am (a dutchie) in Taiwan and Antec hcg 520 costs here just over 2900 TWD which around 72 Euro (calculated with XE currenc converter).
So this is the current streetprice here in Taipei. (I could probably haggle a few euro's off but no more than 5, and probably only even half of that.)
Weird how those prices are the same.
By the way, I have always wondered why hardware prices in the USA are so much lower compared to Taiwan streetprices, considering most of the stuff is fabricated here in China and Taiwan.
groeten uit Taiwan :)
Nataku - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI didn't think you could get anything Antec in Taiwan? either that or the store I went to 3 years ago just decided to give me the finger lol
I'm not sure if this is the reason, but may be tax hasn't been included in the US version?
laserwing6 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkWell, they make the stuff in China, then send it back to US where they distribute it...not very smart if they ask me...or at least thats what most companies do :P
dingetje - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - linkRight, i guess it doesn't make sense for an american company to do that.
The weird thing is that if i compare (street)prices between usa and taiwan of almost any hardware brand, the prices are 10 to 15 percent lower in the usa (so even for taiwan based companies).
I guess it has something to with tax or middle-men or both.
radium69 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - linkScuse me, that should read 700W :)
Quizzical - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - linkIs this, by any chance, a rebranded Seasonic S12II?
Folterknecht - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkLook at last Page:
"Pricing ends up being the big selling point here, especially when we consider the original Seasonic version cost $20 more."
JasonInofuentes - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - linkGlad I picked this up when I thought my PSU had blown. Sad that it turned out to be my mobo. :( Ahh well.
SlyNine - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkSo I found this site talking about PSU reviews, Worth a good read and also shows why Anandtech is one of the best PSU reviews out there!, So keep up the good work Anandtech!