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Environmentally friendly with 80% efficiency

Antec today announced it has started shipping its environmentally friendly EarthWatts power supply. The EarthWatts power supplies reduce energy consumption and 80 PLUS compliant. This is the latest rating system for energy efficiency. EarthWatts power supplies increase power efficiency to 80% over the 70-75% of other power supplies currently available. These power supplies are also RoHS compliant and feature no lead or mercury in the production. Lastly on the environmental friendly feature list, EarthWatts power supplies use active PFC to reduce electrical waste.

Antec claims: "As consumers take action to protect the environment, Antec encourages everyone to look for solutions that help conserve energy and eliminate waste and pollution," said Scott Richards, senior vice president for Antec.
"EarthWatts is our most energy efficient design, and it provides users with the power and stability they have come to expect from Antec products. With the 80 PLUS certification, EarthWatts is leading the way in reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment."

Three EarthWatts models are available—380W, 430W and 500W. EarthWatts power supplies are ATX12V 2.2 compatible and feature a single 80mm. The single 80mm fan is a low noise unit. Included connectors on EarthWatts power supplies include four SATA, dual  12V and one PCIe. Pricing on EarthWatts power supplies range from $64.95 for the 380W to $99.95 for the 500W models.

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What I want to know is
By Cullinaire on 11/21/2006 9:18:33 AM , Rating: 2
Has Antec finally switched to caps that don't start spewing their guts out after 6 months? (proud owner of a Truepower 430 (RIP) and a Smartpower 2.0 (came with case))

RE: What I want to know is
By Hare on 11/21/2006 1:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
Previously CWT made Antec PSU's. Seasonic (current OEM) is high-end compared to CWT and the caps are good. This applies to Neo HE, Trio and Earth Watts. The truepower and smartpower series are low-end.

RE: What I want to know is
By mindless1 on 11/22/2006 2:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the current Antecs are about equivalent to the CWT designs so far as "high end" or other type of generic classification. CWT merely had some cap issues as have many manufacturers over the past few years.

Even so, having a propensity to pop caps is enough of a reason to avoid them.

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