Thursday, February 16th 2012

Antec Launches the EarthWatts Platinum PSU Series

Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces EarthWatts Platinum, the latest in its series of power supplies. With the addition of EarthWatts Platinum, Antec has effectively upgraded the EarthWatts family of energy-conscious power supplies to the highest standard of efficiency.

With 450 W, 550 W and 650 W models in its desktop lineup, EarthWatts Platinum ensures that environmentally-conscious corporations and energy-savvy end users alike can take advantage of the benefits of 80 PLUS PLATINUM efficiency.

Maximum Efficiency - As one of the industry's first mainstream 80 PLUS Platinum certified PSUs, EarthWatts Platinum offers an ideal combination of industry-leading reliability, guaranteed continuous power and up to 93% energy efficiency compared to prior models, saving users on average up to 25% on their electric bill.

Whisper Quiet - Simple 120 mm two ball-bearing fan controlled by Antec's renowned Thermal Manager and CircitShield operates with minimal noise even at full load.

Premium Components - EarthWatts employs fully-protected High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities to ensure maximum CPU and GPU compatibility. It's designed with 100 percent Japanese capacitors, ensuring maximum DC stability and regulation.

Safety Precautions - Patented CircuitShield includes voltage, current, power, under voltage, and short circuit protection which automatically shuts down the PSU to prevent further system damage.

"The 80 PLUS PLATINUM certified power supplies have so far only been available in higher wattage classes and not for the everyday gamer," said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. "Our EarthWatts Platinum power supplies enable more mainstream users and system builders to truly make a difference in their total energy consumption, benefiting both monthly electric bills as well as the environment."


The Antec EarthWatts Platinum power supply series is available in the US on Newegg, Central Computers,, and Provantage and in Canada on NCIX and Canada Computers at the following MSRPs:

EA-450 Platinum - USD 109.95
EA-550 Platinum - USD 119.95
EA-650 Platinum - USD 129.95
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7 Comments on Antec Launches the EarthWatts Platinum PSU Series

that EA-650 looks nice
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Unfortunatly 120$ for a PSU is a rape
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$120 for 650w lawl non-modular too, is platinum even worth it ?
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IMO, for a higher-end (but lower power usage) computer, I won't mind paying the extra bucks for platinum, especially if electricity is expensive where you live (ie: europe etc) or you crunch 24/7 etc. I pay between 9 and 10.5 cents the kWh, so it's less of an issue for me.

Let's look at a few numbers quickly

With 30 000 hours of usage at an average of 50W savings (for 5 years), that's 1500 kWh, ie: the PSU pays itself and maybe more. Not to mention good OCs are easier with clean power.
For normal usage, it's maybe 12 000 hours of usage and say about 25W savings average, that's only 300 kWh, or between 30~60$ in 5 years time.

For normal usage it is debatable but on average it isn't that great of a buy, but for 24/7 crunchers etc, it definitively makes a huge difference
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borden5$120 for 650w lawl non-modular too, is platinum even worth it ?
Not for the efficiency and the power bill, but why would I buy it. Just on the mere fact that something that efficient has some damn good components and should last you build after build after build. That's why!
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Bird of Prey
But isn't that platinum efficiency better or more able to constantly attain using the European 240VAC as compared to our stateside 120VAC? (never understood why we didn't go with a better, cleaner 240VAC here).
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