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Antec Earthwatts EA 650W green Review

As a value oriented unit, it is hard to find fault with the Antec Earthwatts 650W power supply. The revamped Delta design is effective, delivering solid load regulation and very impressive levels of efficiency for an 80 Plus Bronze certified product.

Ripple and noise suppression is pretty good, with the unit peaking at 55mV on the 12V output when under full load, well within rated tolerance levels. We don’t have the older model handy to compare directly against, but we do know that it was a rather drab looking gray colour. The Camouflage style green looks really different and stands out in the crowded marketplace. Not everyone will warm to it, but I thought it was rather appealing.

We would like to see a modular design, as this could find its way into many media pc’s, but we have to bear in mind the target market and price point. The cables are unfortunately unsleeved which is slightly disappointing.

These power supplies are not sold by Antec to compete at the upper price points with class leading performance. This product should hit UK retail at £60-£65 including VAT, making it a very strong value for money purchase. In the states they retail for $65.

Pros:

  • solid performance
  • good efficiency
  • cross loading results are positive
  • green paint has improved the appearance
  • price point is very competitive

Cons:

  • cables are not sleeved
  • non modular

KitGuru says: For the price, it is hard to beat.

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Rating: 8.5.

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