Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W Power Supply Review

It seems lately many companies have been coming out with power supplies that are very efficient and are made to be installed and just forgot about.  Well Antec has had a line of power supplies like this for a long time, the EarthWatts series.  Today we are going to be taking a look at one of the newest power supplies in the EarthWatts line the Platinum 650W.  This 650W power supply has an 80PLUS Platinum certification, the highest efficiency mark for power supplies.  With this power supply you will ge 92% efficiency at 50% load and 89% efficiency at 100% load.  Read on as we take it through the paces.

Special thanks to Antec for providing us with the EarthWatts Platinum 650W Power Supply to review.

Features and Specifications
650W Continuous Power — Guaranteed 650W 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
– 1 x 24-pin
– 1 x 8(4+4)-pin ATX12V/EPS12V
– 2 x 8(6+2)-pin PCI-E
– 4 x Molex
– 6 x SATA
– 1 x Floppy
– Operating Temperature: 0°C — 50°C
– Safety Approvals: UL, cUL, CB, CE, FCC, TÜV, BSMI, CCC, C-Tick, GOST-R, KCC
Net Weight: 4.4 lbs / 2.0 kg
– 3.4″ (H) x 5.9″ (W) x 5.5″ (D)
– 86 mm (H) x 150 mm (W) x 140 mm (D)

The Platinum 650W power supply comes in a nice retail box from Antec.  On the front it lets us know that it is 80PLUS platinum certified, is up to 93% max efficient, and has 25% max energy savings.  On the side of the box is a little diagram showing you how much money the power supply can save you and a list of the connectors.  On the back is a list of features and specifications, which we have listed for you above.

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Opening the box up everything is nicely packaged inside.  Getting it all out we have the Platinum 650W power supply, power cable, velcro cable ties, mounting screws and a user’s guide.

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