|Antec EA500 EarthWatts 500W PSU
Featured Reviews: Power
| Written by Olin Coles
|Thursday, 14 December 2006
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Fast Facts: 80 PLUS
What does 80 PLUS Certified mean?
80 PLUS Certified is the new standard in power supply efficiency. It means at any load between 20%-100% the power supply is working at at least 80% efficiency. Standard non-certified 80 PLUS power supplies can vary from 65% up to 85% efficiency depending on load and temperatures, but typically run at top efficiency only at high loads.
Why is high efficiency good for you? Why should you buy an 80 PLUS Certified power supply?
High efficiency saves you money every month on your electrical bill, reduces heat in your computer's system and prolongs its life. With an 80 PLUS Certified power supply you know that no matter what it is working at a very high efficiency level. This requires less power from the power grid, meaning less resources are used to produce the power for your computer. Plus your power supply will be running cooler which allows the use of lower speed fans, making for a quieter computing experience.
Is there a connection between cooling and efficiency?
What is Antec doing to make 80 PLUS Certified power supplies available to everyone?
Antec's first 80 PLUS certified power supply line is the EarthWatts line of power supplies. But since we care, this is only the first of Antec's 80 PLUS certified lines of power supplies. Watch for more to come.