Summary: Pros: 80 Plus Bronze! This was purchased for a pseudo-server that runs around the clock and I wanted to scrape a little from the electric bill. A platinum rated PSU would have been nice, but I couldn't beat the power/price ratio here. I've also read that the Earthwatts line concentrates its efficiency at different load levels than the 80 Plus certifications use for measurement, so this PSU is very likely more efficient than the Bronze certification gives it credit for.
Summary: I have had this PSU for a few months now, and have not one single complaint about it. I bought it to place in a new PC build that I was making, and will probably use this one in the future. I am starting to make gaming rigs for a local business, and this is now my go-to PSU. I run a pretty top of the line system (at least for a week or so, haha). I do high end gaming with it, as well as intense music production, and have not experienced a single power issue.
Summary: When it comes to Power Supply's, you really do get what you pay for. Some people on Newegg and other review websites mentioned poor cable length, but the power connectors and actual power cable are really quite long, much longer than I need for my desktop, so I'm not sure how anyone considers them "short" when they're the longest I've ever seen. The unit runs quiet, although as with any computer fan you can still hear it.
Unit fails and is replaced by same bad model under warranty
14 October 2012
Summary: Antec's power supplies used to be better. However, this EA-650 model review is an example of bad engineering. I have had two of these fail and they were replaced under warranty. I have to ship them back at my expense BTW. So far I have spent about $25 on shipping. Listen up: they will NOT provide a pre-paid shipping label under any circumstances. They treat you like it is your fault. Yeah, it was my fault to have trusted my hard earned money to them.
Summary: I've had several Antec power supplies and they have all been top quality, reliable units. I wouldn't buy any other brand. I've only had this one a few days, but it is running great and is extremely quiet. I don't know if Antec has changed their policy or what, but I received a power cord with my power supply, unlike some of the other reviewers.
Burning smell, overheating problems, two of these failed in less than a year
Alex B, Amazon
21 September 2012
Summary: This EA-650 model failed twice in about 10 months. Both developed the same problem. Overheating of a component inside the unit caused a burning electrical smell and the fan exhaust was unusually hot. Warranty service replaced the first one with the same model. The replacement lasted 6 months. It became hot enough to emit visible smoke in a small room.
Summary: I've never bought anything but Antec, and I have no plans to change. My previous Earthwatts PSU was a 380W, but this new build required something with a bit more power. It hasp plenty of cords (2 of the 6pins is nice) and was an easy install into my case. It also, despite product description DID come with a power cord. I wonder if the no-cord policy was changed due to customer complaint.
Summary: Received on Monday it was fine,but now there's an issue on the following Thursday, the switch above the power cord is stuck on the "on" side. have removed it from my pc due to safety, when you hold the switch down it doesn't cut the power off.it didn't even last one week.received a replacement and that also didnt last a week,got a refund at the end
Summary: I personally don't know how much longer this thing will run on my set up but it's doing an amazing job. On top of the great job it does, i have never heard it once because it's so quiet! To understand the load this thing can take, i have: my motherboard, 2disc drives, 3 hard drives, two crossfired 6870's, and 8 fans. Probably ugrade soon but this thing is great for the time being!