Summary: This is the second Antec power supply that has died prematurely. Both were bought from Newegg, if that's significant. I don't beat up my computers. I'm not a gamer, I'm a retired engineer and write software pro-bono. Power supplies are transformers with rectification. Both transformers and rectifiers have been around since the 1800s. The technology pre-dates the everyday use of electricity --it is s-t-a-b-l-e.
Pros: It's a nice color It worked well while it worked It didn't take everything else with it when it died this morning.
Cons: It went out with a bang -literally. It sounded like a firecracker. It should have lasted closer to 19 years than 19 months.
Summary: I saw the good reviews for this unit as well as the bad reviews regarding noise/the high pitched coil whine, and figured any issues this PSU may have had would be fixed by now. I was wrong. Got everything plugged in and turned on, and holy crap it's a sharp noise. I mean maybe if it was in a cabinet hidden away 20ft it would be okay, but as it is the machine is sitting 10ft away on the ground next to my desk and it's annoying as @$#%!
Pros: One the plus side, this PSU takes very little power. Typically PSUs are very inefficient if you build a low power system. They are often most efficient at the higher end of the power consumption curve. I build a server that only drew about 35 watts total and the overhead from this PSU was barely noticeable.
Cons: The bearings in the built in fan started going out after only a few months. I could hear it start to get off kilter and vibrate, then it would quite down again. Eventually it mostly stopped spinning. I had extra fans in my rig that actually pushed air through the PSU, so I ran that way, but after about a year my system would just power down with no apparent reason. Changing the power supply for a new one resolved this. I am not sure if it is worth dealing with a warra...
Summary: Certainly expected more and better from the 5-Egg status and Antec brand.
Pros: Antec brand, lots of connectors, great price for an 80-Plus power supply
Cons: Not as reliable as 5-egg ratings suggest? Bought two (one "just in case") and (fortunately?) the first one installed resulted in numerous random restarts. After trying "everything else", I swapped out the PSUs and lo-and-behold, problem solved.
Summary: Really disappointed with both this and the EA-430D that I tried. Both emitted a high pitch whine that I found intolerable. Returned both and got a Seasonic S12, which does not emit a high pitch whine, but is louder overall. Other Antec power supplies I've had in the past have been rock solid and very quiet. Antec probably figured they could save some money and found a cheaper supplier, or lowered their spec.