The PS/2 form factor has been with us for a long, long time now. And for the most part, our power supplies have conformed to this twenty plus year old form factor, even as they grew more and more powerful. This has led to kilowatt power supplies in long, heavy cases that were hard to cool and cramped for their powerful innards.
Antec recently decided to freshen things up, and came up with a new form factor that took both interior space for circuitry and silence into account. My test subject for today is the very first example of a unit designed for this new CPX standard, the CP-850.
Currently, there are but three Antec cases on the market that can take a CPX power supply. Will this unit make us want to go and buy one of them? This is part one of my look at this new form factor... part two will see me build a system around the CP-850 inside an Antec Twelve Hundred.