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Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro 750W PSU Review

Final Analysis

Antec finally has something new to show us, which is great since it's based on Seasonic's solid Focus Gold platform. The EA750G Pro doesn't set new performance records in this category, that's for sure. However, if fares well overall, it isn't noisy, and it's backed by a seven-year warranty.

A $100 price point is definitely affordable. It's just not all that competitive, given fierce competition at this price point. There are numerous 750W offerings out there, many of which are priced similarly. Picking between all of the contenders definitely isn't easy.

The EA750G Pro sports a small footprint and measures just 14cm long. So, despite the increased number of native cables, installing this power supply is fairly easy. Speaking of the native cables, it would be nice if Antec limited them to just two or even went for full modularity. But that would have affected product cost, and ultimately, the EA750G Pro's price. It is a fact that most builders nowadays prefer fully modular PSUs because they offer more flexibility in cable management. On the other hand, PSUs with fixed cables have an advantage when it comes to voltage drops and efficiency, since they don't have to cope with extra resistance from the modular sockets.

Antec made the right call to partner up with Seasonic; we expect this cooperation to continue. The EA750G Pro is a decent PSU overall. But it doesn't have anything that makes it stand out from the crowd, and the competition in this category is very tough. Besides Seasonic's excellent Focus PSUs, the EA750G Pro also has to face Corsair's TXM and RMx families, Bitfenix's Whisper and Formula units, Thermaltake's offerings at similar capacities, and others. Some of the competition costs more. For example, at the time of this review, Corsair's RM750x was selling for $110. But we don't think a $10 or $20 premium is high enough to be a deal-breaker for enthusiasts trying to decide between fully modular and semi-modular designs. If Antec wants this product to stand up against the competition more effectively, it needs a price lower than $80. Of course, this might not be as easy as is sounds. When you come out with something new, though, and need to re-establish a connection with the market, compromises inevitably have to be made.

We really hope to see Antec get back on track, since it used to be a leading force in the PSU market. Those were the days of the legendary Signature series and high-performance HCP models, some of which are still around. Delta Electronics was the force behind Antec's best PSUs, and now we're expecting Seasonic to take that role since Delta doesn't seem to care much about desktop power supplies these days.


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Disclaimer: Aris Mpitziopoulos is Tom's Hardware's PSU reviewer. He is also the Chief Testing Engineer of Cybenetics, and developed the Cybenetics certification methodologies apart from his role on Tom's Hardware. Neither Tom's Hardware nor its parent company, Purch Media, are financially involved with Cybenetics. Aris does not perform the actual certifications for Cybenetics.­

  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Great review as usual!
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  • dcointin
    You always have the most thorough PSU reviews, very well done once again!
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