Summary: I had high hopes for this power supply since it was so affordable, popular, and highly rated. Unfortunately, I experienced a great deal of intermittent high pitched whining/buzzing from it. It was especially prevalent when scrolling through and opening new windows.
and the fan looks so much worse than the intel ones
11 March 2015
Summary: Very noisy fan. I thought it was the cpu fan at first, because I did amd build, and the fan looks so much worse than the intel ones. But I checked by momentarily stopping the CPU fan and having no other fans running. It's a screamer!
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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.