Review

Introduction

“Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.”

Antec doens’t need extended presentation, by now, you probably have pretty good ideia about Antec and their great products.This time they sent me a EarthWatts 550w Platinum PSU for testing.Before reading the rest of the review if you don’t understand squat about PSU’s and their importance, check this tuturial by RedlinePC.

The Antec EarthWatts Platinum series are available in three different models the EA-450,EA-550 and EA-650 Platinum.

About the EarthWatts Platinum, Low Cost Power Supply series

Antec’s EarthWatts Platinum is one of the most efficient PSU series ever created. With an 80 PLUS® PLATINUM rating, the highest efficiency mark for power supplies, this PSU achieves up to 93% efficiency and gives you savings unheard of from other power supplies. By using the EA-550 Platinum, you can reduce your computer’s power consumption by 25%. A 3 year Antec Quality warranty, a whisper-quiet 120mm DBB fan controlled by Antec’s renowned Thermal Manager and CircuitShield™’s industry-leading 7 levels of protection make the EA-550 Platinum one of the best choices available. Get the power you need, save money and help protect the environment with Antec’s EA-550 Platinum!

One thing I would like to add, with introduction of this PSU series Antec intended that the Platinum effiency would be available for most  enthusiast’s and builders, because there are not a lot of 80 Plus Platinum PSU’s on the market available at this price range. Hurray Antec for that!

Features and Specifications

Features:
  • 550W Continuous Power — Guaranteed 550W of Continuous Power from Antec
  • 80 PLUS® PLATINUM certified — Up to 93% efficient, to reduce your electricity bill
  • Save Energy and Money — Reduce your electricity bill by up to 25%!
  • AQ3 — Antec Quality 3 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support
  • 120 mm DBB Silence — Whisper-quiet high-quality double ball bearing fan with long lifetime
  • Thermal Manager — An advanced low voltage fan control for optimal heat & noise management
  • High Current Rails — 2 fully-protected High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities ensure maximum CPU & GPU compatibility
  • Multi PCI-E — 2 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
  • CircuitShield™ — Over Current Protection (OCP), Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP), No Load Operation (NLO) & Brown-Out Protection (BOP)
  • Japanese heavy-duty caps — High-performance Japanese capacitors ensure tightest DC stability and regulation
  • POWER SUPPLY CONNECTORS ASSORTMENT
    – 1 x 24-pin
    – 1 x 8(4+4)-pin ATX12V/EPS12V
    – 2 x 8(6+2)-pin PCI-E
    – 4 x Molex
    – 5 x SATA
    – 1 x Floppy
  • ENVIRONMENT
    – Operating Temperature: 0°C — 50°C
    – Safety Approvals: UL, cUL, CB, CE, FCC, TÜV, BSMI, CCC, C-Tick, GOST-R, KCC
  • Net Weight: 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
  • Size:
    – 3.4″ (H) x 5.9″ (W) x 5.5″ (D)
    – 86 mm (H) x 150 mm (W) x 140 mm (D)

Certification:

Output table:
Antec EA 550 Platinum PDF Description
 
 






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