Antec EarthWatts 750W PSU Review

Antec, one of the best known computer power supply companies today shares with us its EarthWatts 750W PSU. New marketing seemingly pointed at being green means better efficiencies and lower power bills? We will see if the EarthWatts PSU is worthy of its namesake.

Introduction

One of the most prevalent companies in the consumer power supply realm, and general enthusiast PC realm, is Antec. Antec is a company that has been kicking around the PC DIY market since 1986 and in that time frame has become one of the most widely known brand names. In addition to power supplies Antec has product lines that include cases for work and play, cooling solutions, lighting, and other accessories. Over the years Antec has used a number of OEM providers for their power supplies including HEC, CWT, FSP, Enhance, and recently Seasonic. Some of the older Antec/CWT solutions were notorious for being plagued by the "Fuhjiyyu sudden death syndrome," but in the last year or so Antec has dropped these older designs in favor of new products from FSP (Basiq), Seasonic (TP3, NeoHE, TruPower New, EarthWatts), Delta (EarthWatts) and Enhance (Quattro). Today we will be looking at an offering from Antec that comes from Delta once more, in the Antec EarthWatts 750 (EA 750).

Delta Electronics Inc is part of the Delta Group and is one of the older presences in the power market in Taiwan as the Delta Group was founded in 1971. As an OEM Delta has been popular among higher end server solutions and for a selection of prebuilt PC’s from major worldwide consumer PC OEMs for many years but rarely has Delta shown up in enthusiast applications. Currently, Delta claims the title of the world's largest supplier of switching power supplies. However, even with a lack of presence in the power supply side of the DIY market Delta is still certainly a known commodity as most enthusiast users have certainly encountered their fans at one point or another. Today’s review of the Antec EarthWatts 750 gives us our first look at a Delta-based offering that is not a premier offering such as the Signature 850 was.

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The Antec EA 750 is the first of the EarthWatts units from Antec that we have had come across our test bench to date, and at 750W's it is currently the highest powered member of the EarthWatts family. With its 750W output the EA 750 is coming into a market segment that seemingly has been dominated by the CWT PSH series, with a few other exceptions from Seasonic and FSP, and as such makes for an interesting possibility as an alternative to the usual fare. So how exactly is Antec positioning the EA 750 in this market segment?

Get more power and lower your electric bill with the new EarthWatts 750. One of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available, Antec's EarthWatts 750 efficiently delivers 750 watts of reliable and stable power while meeting 80 PLUSآ® certification, the highest standard in energy efficiency. That means the EarthWatts 750 consumes up to 33% less energy than an equivalent power supply with absolutely no reduction in performance. Plus, the EarthWatts 750 boasts Universal Input to automatically work on any power grid on the planet, and a 135mm fan to stay cool. Get the power you need, save money and help protect the environment with Antec's EarthWatts 750!

As we see here the marketing information for the Antec EarthWatts 750, Antec is positioning the EarthWatts line as the energy efficient entry level products. So let's move on to see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Antec EarthWatts 750 in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.