Faulty After Two Years - Antec 380W EarthWatts Green
11 October 2013
Summary: I wanted a cheap, low power consumption PSU back in 2011 so after reading many reviews I bought this one. It worked perfectly until about 2 months ago but now the Antec 380W EarthWatts Green makes loud electrical crackling noises and is faulty. So I need a new PSU and won't be buying Antec again!
Summary: Bought this second hand from somebody as it was 80+ cert. It is also a branded name. I had read reviews of this power supply elsewhere and so far has it has lived up to the specs. I run 1 cpu C2d, DVD burner, 4850 gfx card and 3 hard disks and a TV tuner card. They are all quite happy with the juice supplied to them. This power supply has only one gfx card connection which is I suppose realsitic.
Summary: Although there is plenty of information about the EA-380D Green on Antec's website (...), I thought it might be helpful to list the main specifications here. The power supply unit I received has the following outputs: One 24 pin main motherboard connector. The wires leading to this connector were 500 millimetres long.
Summary: Unfortunately the unit that I received is relatively noisy unlike the unit received by a previous reviewer. I'd say it is slightly noisier than the Antec unit it replaced which is a bit disappointing. Other than that it operates fine, just thought I'd point out that my experience hasn't been as good as others.
Summary: The first thing to say about this PSU is that it is exceptionally quiet. I can now hear my WD HDDs working, which I couldn't before. I bought the 380 Watt model for my computer which has 3 HDDs, Optical drive, and Intel dual core motherboard. 380 W is more than enough for this set up. I had to extend the CPU lead on my old PSU, but the Antec has more than long enough leads.
Antec Earthwatts EA380 GB: The old workhorse is still here.
11 July 2010
Summary: This is by far one of the most popular power supplies and for good reason. If you are building a single graphics card AMD machine, there is no reason why you should need more capacity than the EA380 provides to power your build. It runs quiet cooled by its 80mm fan and has certified +80% efficiency to keep your electricity bills low.
Pros: Very quiet and efficient
Cons: Incapable of running multi GPU configurations