Recently, Antec has announced the release of its 80Plus Platinum certified EarthWatts PSUs. This marks Antec's first Platinum-certified power supplies and an upgrade to the EarthWatts family to the highest standard of efficiency. The new EarthWatts PSUs offer users up to 93 percent energy efficiency compared to prior models, while saving users on average up to 25 percent on their electric bill.
Antec offers a 3-year quality warranty, a whisper-quiet 120mm DBB fan controlled by Antec’s Thermal Manager that uses CircuitShield for seven levels of protection. Antec's CircuitShield helps protect your computer with Over Current Protection (OCP), Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP) and Brown-Out Protection (BOP). Antec uses all Japanese capacitors and two fully-protected High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities to ensure maximum CPU & GPU compatibility.
The one downside to the new EarthWatts Platinum PSUs is that Antec didn't offer a modular design with the upgrade to the series. With more and more builders and enthusiast looking for a modular PSU for better cable management, this writer would've liked to see Antec incorporate a modular design or at least its Advanced Hybrid Cable Management design used with the EA-750 PSU.
Pricing for the EarthWatts Platinum PSU:
- EA-450 Platinum is around $110
- EA-550 Platinum is around $120
- EA-650 Platinum is around $130
Learn more about the EarthWatts Platinum power supplies at Antec's website.