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Sub-$75 Mainstream Power Supply Roundup

Antec EA-380D Green

Antec strives to put environmentalism in the foreground with its 380 W PSU EA-380D Green. In addition to the PSU's green color scheme, Antec tries to "green down" the packaging. For example, there is no bundled power cord, something Antec justifies as an ecological decision given that customers can use a power cord from an old PSU. Most PC enthusiasts will have many of these cords laying around, but novices may not.

Another area where Antec pinches pennies could be the 80 mm fan, which is quite unique not only because it is smaller, but also in that blows air out of the PSU instead of sucking air out of the computer case like it's the case with PSU models that utilize a 120-mm fan. Antec's number of connectors is sufficient, though the cables might be a bit on the short side. The ATX cable is the only one wrapped up into a round cable sleeve, and the PCIe connectors are 6-pin.

Antec EA-380D Green
AC Input100-240 V, 47-63 Hz
DC Output+3.3 V+5 V+12 V (#1)+1 2V (#2)+12 V (#3)+12 V (#4)-12 V+5 Vsb
20 A20 A17 A15n/an/a0.8 A2.5 A
Individual Output9.6 W12.5 W
Rail UtilizationSysSysCPU And VGA
Combined Output115 W336 W
Total Continuous Output380 W
Peak Output430 W
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  • That was scary seeing the AXP PSU blow up...
  • eddieroolz
    I still remember buying my Corsair VX550W for $91CAD just a year and half ago. Amazing how prices have come down for cheap, capable and yet quality PSUs over time.

    Oh, and it was interesting to see a real PSU blow up :D
  • Patrick u sure the antec blows the hot air into the case?
    Looking at the picture and the fan alignment it seems otherwise.
  • jestersage
    I wish the Xigmatek was available here. All we have are expensive 750w and 850w versions.
  • jabbrun
    How come there's no Silverstone strider 400W...
  • bmadd
    Im glad to see that the Antec 380D won. I have bought 5 for family and friends have been solid units to date.
  • youssef 2010
    I don't think the Xigmatek PSU can keep the 650W load reliable or else Xigmatek would've rated it to be 650W
  • dragon5677
    Antec is awesome as always
  • feeddagoat
    Is there no way to measure how stable the power on each rail is? Some PSU's Ive seen are very efficient but their rails drops below recommended power delivery meaning components are starved. Some even fluxuate which can damage components over time. The only other thing I feel is missing is capacitor aging. Is there any way to simulate 2-3 years use? Most PSU's I use in my main machine get handed down to another rig or sold. 2nd hand PSU's could be false economy!

    great video, Ive always wanted to see a PSU explode lol.
  • dEAne
    All these keeps me updated.