Cybenetics: Better Paid-For Badges for Your PSU?

In the following editorial, we are going to look at what Cybenetics is, how it is "different" from 80 Plus, how it addresses the issues with PSU "certification," and what all we think this new "program" does in the end. We include a back and forth interview with Cybenetics founder as well, and look into some of his answers.

Cybenetics ETA:

Better "Certification," Just Another "Certification,"...or "Certification" at All?

If you ever want to get hammered with Public Relations (PR) announcements I have one suggestion for you; start a tech website with an easily indexed email address. The sheer amount of PR announcements that will hit your inbox will stagger you.

That said, not too long ago, some of these PR announcements we received started referencing a power supply "certification" program called ETA from a company called Cybenetics. While not the first "certification" program we have heard of before, all of the previous examples of "certification" programs (save for standard safety and production certifications that are found for electronics in general) we have been aware of in the enthusiast realm have fallen flat, been ditched, or are just reviews by another name...or are 80 Plus.

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Now, among those programs, we have followed the 80 Plus certification program fairly closely over the years. In that time, we have been critical of some issues with that program which you can read about in an editorial we published years ago here. (And while that editorial is 6 years old, it is still very much valid today.)

In that editorial we focused on a few things. Does the 80 Plus system benefit users or vendors more? Is 80 Plus "certification" done in way to deter vendor abuse of the system? Are those ever higher levels of efficiency "certified" actually of value to the end user? The answers we had from that were: Vendor, no, and no.

The thing about it is this though, the folks at 80 Plus seem to have good intentions. 80 Plus has regulatory backing, and it is not its job to decide if you should buy a product. Unfortunately, users are the ones that have used the program as a surrogate for purchasing decisions (similar to a review) and vendors have used it as a marketing tool to drive sales. That evolution is a foregone conclusion because, well...humans.

The thing is, if there is money to be made, and a market to be had, then there is always someone looking to do things better. This is where Cybenetics steps in as their website makes some extraordinary claims about being better than 80 Plus. However, those claims are also rather vague and as Marcello Tuzzi once said "An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof."

In the following editorial, we are going to look at what Cybenetics is, how it is "different" from 80 Plus, how it addresses the issues with PSU "certification," and what all we think this new "program" does in the end.

What we will NOT be talking about today is whether buying a much more expensive, but slightly higher efficiency power supply, is worth it to users as the math on that has not changed all that much from when we looked at it 6 years ago. A watt is still a watt, and a dollar is still a dollar.

In order to get a better understanding of Cybenetics (located on the 4004 Mesa Geitonia, Limassol, Cyprus) and their "certifications" directly, we reached out to Aris Mpitziopoulos who is the self-proclaimed Chief Testing Engineer at Cybenetics. In doing so, you can read what Cybenetics says directly about these topics and not just our thoughts. The answers we received to our questions turned out to be rather interesting. However, interesting is a word that often is a verbal double edged sword.