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Published on December 22nd, 2016 | by Joseph Saulnier

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Antec Edge 750W

Antec has released three EDGE models in the 550W, 650W, and 750W capacities. They partnered with Seasonic as the OEM for the EDGE range of supplies. Seasonic has been creating some of the finest power supplies for the enthusiast sector in the last year or so, so this can be seen as a good thing.
Features:
• 750W Continuous Power – Guaranteed 750W of Continuous Power from Antec
• 90 PLUS® GOLD certified – Up to 92% efficient to reduce your electricity bill
• Save Energy and Money – Reduce your electricity bill by up to 20%
• 135mm LED FDB Silence – Whisper-quiet high-quality LED fluid dynamic bearing fan with long lifetime
• Thermal Manager – An advanced low voltage fan control for optimal hear & noise management
• 28(18+10)-pin MBU Socket – Industry-leading 16-pin socket double the modular connectivity by supporting 2 different 8-pin cables per socket and allow for future connector changes
• High current Rails – 2 High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities ensure maximum CPU and CPU compatibility
• Flat Stealth Wires – Flat and darkened wires for minimal visibility in chassis (except MBU)
• 98% +12V – Output for maximum CPU and GPU support
• Multi PCI-E – 2 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
• CircuitShield™ – Full suite of industrial grade protections: Over Current Protection (OCP), Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Over Temperature Protection (OTP), Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP), No Load Operation (NLO)
• Japanese Heavy-Duty Caps – High-performance Japanese capacitors ensure tightest DC stability and regulation
• PhaseWave™ Design – A server-class LLC design with a synchronous rectification based on a DC-DC topology
• AQ5 – Antec Quality 5-year warranty and lifetime global 24.7 support

There is no doubt that the Antec EDGE 750W is a capable, well designed power supply. It is set to target the discerning enthusiast audience powering a higher end system, featuring perhaps two GPUs. The quality of finish is generally solid and the honeycombed vents on the sides of the chassis subjectively improve the appearance. Surprisingly they are just for show, however, as there is a layer of clear plastic on the inside blocking any potential airflow. Additionally, the paint work did not survive a scratch test unscathed, leaving several markings on the chassis.

I appreciate Antec is trying to add value to the package by including the optional “anti-noise de-couplers”, but in all reality, I didn’t notice any differences with or without them. At least they add a little flair to red-themed system builds.

The large Ong Hua fan is very quiet, and even when the power supply is handling higher loads above 500 watts, it still remains barely audible. If you value low noise levels, then the EDGE 750 will make an ideal selection for a new or existing build. And, the quality of the modular cabling is excellent, with all but one (main MB cable) being flat, they are easy to route.
Technically, the unit delivers positive results in most areas.

Load regulation is excellent and it handled a fairly intense cross load test without any hiccups. Ripple suppression was commendable; however, I did notice the +5V rail peaked at 40mV under full load. This made me raise by “Rock” eyebrow. While a little higher than some would hope to see, it is important to understand that this does not fall outside industry rated tolerance levels.

4 Stars out of 5

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