Summary: I still am trying to figure out why it caught on fire... I have only cleaned the case ever since I installed the power supply over a year ago. My only conclusion was that I had left it running over 24 hours, and I've done that many times before with this computer along with previous computers that I have had. I'm just glad I was home and awake when it happened.
Pros: I've had this power supply for over a year and it's been great. In fact it's been really great. Runs quiet lots of connections, and it still powers the computer when flames are coming out of it.
Cons: My only complaint is that it caught fire, and it did even did that really well.
Summary: opened an RMA after it happened, never heard back from Antec about it -- looked into it more recently and they've replaced their old RMA system, so I guess mine got lost in the shuffle. luckily I'm still within the 3yr window, so I opened a new RMA and I'm hoping they replace my unit with a different model. after reading the reviews here, I'm afraid of using this model. I prefer not dying in my sleep.
Pros: does what it says -- 650w of power, very quiet, low power consumption, no issues powering my PC.
Cons: caught on fire after a year, took my motherboard and RAM with it. luckily the CPU survived.
Summary: I do not recommend this brand and will never purchase from them again. I haven't tried getting the manufacturer warranty yet, but I am hesitant to even try getting the same brand again or just foot the bill to buy a different brand.
Pros: Great if you want to waste your money.
Cons: This is the second Antec power supply that has died on me. The first died after maybe 6 months, this one last just over 2 years.
Summary: I've been buying Antec equipment for years, and this is the first issue I've had out of any of their components. However, the fairly severe nature of this particular failure, coupled with the potential for much greater damage has kind of turned me off to recommending their EarthWatts line to anyone.
Pros: For the 7 or 8 months that it worked, the power supply was great. It was a little bit loud at start-up, but it was more than up to the task of powering my PC. There were plenty of connectors, and everything seemed to be running great.
Cons: This thing failed and it failed HARD. I smelled something burning while sitting on my couch one evening, I looked over at my PC and I could see flames coming out of the top of the PSU's fan. The fire irreparably damaged my motherboard, but fortunately didn't spread or damage anything else in my home or computer.
Summary: I hope I am falling through the cracks this time as past experiences with Antec went very well for me. Unfortunately the tone of my story is not a good one this time. My power supply blew up on Sunday. I filed an RMA request that afternoon. I waited 1.5 business days for a response then decided to call for help. I sat through my lunch on hold for approximately 25 minutes and remained 4th in the queue until the last 5.
Pros: 1. Worked as intended for a little over a year. 2. It didn't ruin any components when it went pop.
Cons: 1. Wasn't a fan of the color 2. Failed in spectacular fashion. (It happens)
Summary: Out of the box back in November 2011 I really liked this PS. I have always purchased Antec. I had a Neo 620 years ago that burnt out, so I then replaced with a cheaper Green power and that one is still going in my kids computer (my 1st build) after 4 years. When I purchased this one in November 2011 this was for my Quad Core, and a Radeon 6570, so it was plenty powerful for the build. I'm a little disappointed that my second higher end ($$) Antec has failed me!
Pros: Lots of connection options Sturdy well built- very heavy = good parts. 650 Watts is good for most standard builds.
Cons: Died after 1 1/2 years of 2-3 days a week use.