There are not many choices if you are after a high-capacity power supply, since the mining era is long gone, thankfully, so the need for powerful PSUs is diminished. Still, there are cases where more than 1000W of power is required (e.g., for video or other special purposes workstations), and in this category, Antec has a strong presence now with the Signature 1300 Platinum, which is also certified by. Notable opponents of this unit are the mighty and super-expensive and , which dominate the above 1000W category in our . In the same wattage, the Cooler Master V1300 Platinum is also an excellent choice, featuring a notably quieter operation compared to Antec’s offering.
We have already evaluated the, which scored very high in our tests and earned an editor’s choice award. The strongest member of the Signature line is based on the same platform with the model above, offering notably higher capacity, which doesn’t allow for 80 PLUS Titanium and Cybenetics ETA-A+ efficiency ratings, though. Still, the Signature 1300 achieves Platinum and ETA-A ratings, which are pretty tough to acquire, especially by PSUs with more than 1.2kW max power.
The dimensions of the PSU are small, given the high capacity so that you won’t have issues with any standard ATX chassis. A few years ago, it would be impossible to find such a strong power supply with less than 200mm depth, but thanks to the PSU downsizing trend, this is possible nowadays. The essential rest specifications include the fluid dynamic bearing fan, which measures 135mm across, and the ten-year warranty. Finally, this PSU also features the OC Link technology that we have seen in the Signature 1000 Titanium, allowing you to connect two PSUs which will work in tandem to power systems demanding more than 2.5kW of power! We don’t believe that any user will need so much power; still, it is nice to have this option.
Max. DC Output
80 PLUS Platinum, ETA-A (88-91%)
Intel C6/C7 Power State Support
Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)
0 – 50°C
Over Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Current (+12V) Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Inrush Current Protection
Fan Failure Protection
No Load Operation
135mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan (HA13525H12F-Z)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
150 x 85 x 170mm
2.12 kg (4.67 lb)
ATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
|Total Max. Power (W)||1300|
Cables & Connectors
|Modular Cables||Cable Count||Connector Count (Total)||Gauge||In Cable Capacitors|
|ATX connector 20+4 pin (600mm)||1||1||18-22AWG||Yes|
|4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm)||2||2||18AWG||Yes|
|6+2 pin PCIe (670mm+70mm)||6||12||18AWG||Yes|
|4-pin Molex (450mm+120mm+120mm)||1||3||18AWG||No|
|4-pin Molex (350mm+120mm)||1||2||18AWG||No|
|FDD Adapter (105mm)||1||1||22AWG||No|
|4-pin Molex to SATA 3.3V Adapter (150mm+150mm)||1||1||18AWG||No|
|OC Link Cable (460mm)||1||1||24AWG||No|
|AC Power Cord (1400mm) – C13 coupler||1||1||14AWG||–|
It is natural to find so many cables and connectors in such a high capacity power supply. So besides two EPS connectors, you will also get twelve PCIe, allowing you to install up to six high-end graphics cards. The number of peripheral connectors is increased, as well.
It is strange to see 18AWG gauges instead of thicker (16AWG) in a 1300W power supply. This would help in achieving lower voltage drops, and a bit higher efficiency levels, especially at increased loads, but on the other hand, the cables would be less flexible. The presence of in-cable caps is something that will let down several users because cable routing becomes tough. Finally, the ATX and EPS cables should be longer, given that this PSU is destined for huge chassis, but the AWG18 gauges set the limits in their length.
We strongly encourage you to have a look at our allowing you to better understand the components we’re about to discuss., which provides valuable information about PSUs and their operation,
|PCB Type||Double Sided|
|Transient Filter||6x Y caps, 3x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV, 1x Discharger IC|
|Inrush Protection||NTC Thermistor (MF72 5D-20) & Relay|
|Bridge Rectifier(s)||2x Vishay LVB2560 (600V, 25A @ 105°C)|
|APFC MOSFETs||2x Infineon IPP60R099C6 (650V, 24A @ 100°C, Rds(on): 0.099Ohm)|
|APFC Boost Diode||1x STMicroelectronics STPSC10H065D (650V, 10A @ 135°C)|
|Hold-up Cap(s)||1x Rubycon (400V, 820uF, 3,000h @ 105°C, MXK) & 1x Rubycon (400V, 470uF, 2,000h @ 105°C, MXH)|
|Main Switchers||4x Infineon IPP50R199CP (550V, 11A @ 100°C, Rds(on): 0.199Ohm)|
2x Silicon Labs Si8230BD
|APFC Controller||ON Semiconductor NPC1654|
|Resonant Controller||Champion CM6901T6X|
|Topology||Primary side: APFC, Full-Bridge & LLC converter|
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
|+12V MOSFETs||8x Nexperia PSMN1R0-40YLD (40V, 198A @ 100°C, Rds(on): 1.93mOhm)|
|5V & 3.3V||DC-DC Converters: 6x Nexperia PSMN4R0-30YLD (30V, 67V @ 100°C, Rds(on): 6.6mOhm)|
PWM Controllers: Anpec APW7159
|Filtering Capacitors||Electrolytic: 4x Nippon Chemi-Con (105°C, W), 2x Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000h @ 105°C, KY), 1x Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000h @ 105°C, KYB), 1x Nippon Chemi-Con (5-6,000h @ 105°C, KZH), 1x Nippon Chemi-Con (1-5,000h @ 105°C, KZE), 1x Rubycon (3-6,000h @ 105°C, YXG)|
Polymer: 19x FPCAP, 14x NIC, 7 United Chemi-Con
|Supervisor IC||Weltrend WT7527V (OVP, UVP, OCP, SCP, PG)|
|Fan Model||Hong Hua HA13525H12F-Z (135mm, 12V, 0.50A, Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan)|
|Rectifier||1x STMicroelectronics STF6N65K3 FET (650V, 3A @ 100°C, 1.3Ohm)|
|Standby PWM Controller||Leadtrend LD7750R|
|Buck Converter||Lite-On LSP5523 (3A max output current )|
This Antec unit uses the Seasonic Prime Platinum 1300W platform. The build quality is good, and the small PCB is overpopulated with components since this is a small power factory. The design is clean since no cables are used for power transfer purposes, and the heat sinks are compact, something that looks weird given the max power that this PSU can deliver.
The transient filter uses all necessary parts to deal with power spikes and incoming/outcoming EMI noise. The NTC thermistor has 5 Ohms (+-20%) max resistance, so it does an excellent job in suppressing the inrush currents that the large bulk caps can produce.
The pair of bridge rectifiers can handle up to 50A of current. This is overkill, even for a 1.3kW PSU.
The APFC converter uses two Infineon FETs and a single boost diode (). On Semiconductor provides the APFC controller, and its model number is . Finally, the hold-up caps are two Rybycons, with 1290uF combined capacity, which is enough to allow for a longer than 17ms hold-up time.
Main FETs and primary transformer
The main switching FETs are four Infineonconfigured in a full-bridge topology. There is also an LLC resonant converter for increased efficiency. The resonant controller is the typical Champion , which is used by the majority of high-end PSUs nowadays.
12V FETs and VRMs
Eight FETs, installed on the solder side of the main PCB, handle the +12V rail. A pair of VRMs generate the minor rails.
There aren’t many electrolytic caps; Chemi-Con and Rubycon provide the ones that Seasonic used. The number of polymer caps is vast, and their suppliers are FPCAP, NIC, and Chemi-Con
Modular board front
The modular board uses bus bars, to transfer power to the sockets.
The supervisor IC, a Weltrend WT7527V, is installed on this board. On the left side, the small IC is an operational amplifier, and four optocouplers bridge the two separate parts of this PCB.
The primary rectifier of the 5VSB rail is anFET, while Leadtrend provides the PWM controller.
As expected, in such an expensive PSU, the soldering quality is good.
The cooling fan is by Hong Hua, and it uses a fluid dynamic bearing. It measures 135mm across, and it can draw up to 0.5A of current, so it is quite strong.