Antec Earthwatts 430W


The Antec Earthwatts 430W comes in plain grey and is equipped with an 80mm fan at the back of the power supply. Even though this power supply is an older model, we felt that we should include it again in our roundup because it is still available and is generally well regarded. The label provides the typical information we find on power supplies, with the expected figures for a 430W maximum output. Two 12V rails of 17A each are enough for most users, and the combined 12V power of 360W is quite acceptable. 360W combined equates to 15A for rail when both are "fully" loaded. We would be hesitant to try to use this PSU with one of the top-end graphics cards, but if you're using a power supply with a single 6-pin PCI-E connector you should be fine.


The inside looks familiar to other Seasonic-made power supplies, since Seasonic rarely changes their basic internal design. Of course, that doesn't mean the power supplies themselves are actually the same. There are several differences, and we expect this unit will be at a slight disadvantage. Antec uses an 80mm exhaust fan located at the rear of the power supply, but the heatsink design would normally use a 120mm intake fan. We expect this unit to be slightly warmer and/or noisier than similar designs that use a single 120mm fan. Nippon Chemi-Con manufactures the primary capacitor.

Other than the main 24-pin ATX power cable, the cable harnesses are sleeveless. Antec has taken a very simple approach in terms of appearance, and the only concession to keeping the cables tidy is the use of cable ties spaced over the length of the cables. The length of the harnesses is average, with the last Molex connector just 80cm from the power supply. The main connectors are all on 50cm cables. The quantity of connectors could have been better, but a normal midrange PC shouldn't require more than what Antec provides. There is only one 6-pin PEG connector, which makes sense considering the overall wattage and target market.

Index Antec Earthwatts 430W - Performance
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  • Origo - Monday, January 12, 2009 - link

    How can Silverstone Element ST40EF 400W get so good score on quietness and efficiency compared to Silverstone Element Plus ST50EF-Plus 500W?
    This (SPCR) review says Silverstone Element Plus ST50EF-Plus not that quiet or efficient:
    [url]http://www.silentpcreview.com/article670-page1.htm...[/url]
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  • 7Enigma - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - link

    Could you comment on this PSU? I know you have a 500 and 550w article coming up but an incredible deal ($25 after rebate) came up on this PSU and I'll snatch it up for my build if it's good.

    Thanks.
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  • Markstar - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - link

    As usual, thank you for your interesting review and the effort you surely put into it!

    Greetz from P3D!
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  • yehuda - Sunday, January 04, 2009 - link

    This is the kind of article I like to keep in my favorites and refer people to. Reply
  • Noya - Saturday, January 03, 2009 - link

    I skimmed through, but I didn't see what type of set-ups you'd recommend for this class of PSU.

    So, I'll post what I'm using with a Corsair vx450:
    Q8200 @ 3.3ghz (475x7)
    8gb Ballistix DDR2-800 cas4 @ 475mhz (4x2gb)
    Evga 9800gtx (stock clocked for now)
    Gigabyte P-45 UD3P
    3 x 7200rpm sata disks
    2 x DVD/RW
    3 x 120mm fans

    It's been running fine for almost a month now (thanks MS for the 30% eBay cashback lol). I previously used this vx450 in my first build (s939 Opteron/7600gt).
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  • OddJensen - Monday, January 05, 2009 - link

    The VX450 is a pretty good PSU and under optimal conditions you can probably draw more than the max. rated wattage (450W @ 50C ambient). Though personally I like to go with a bit more headroom taking future upgrades into consideration. Reply
  • kenyee - Friday, January 02, 2009 - link

    That's another way to group the power supplies.
    That's one reason I still use Enermax Liberty power supplies...they're a nice small size for HTPC's and the modular connectors are important when there isn't much space. Using this affects power efficiency which is probably why the highest efficiency ones don't use them...
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  • proci - Thursday, January 01, 2009 - link

    its a very nice test, i like it. i miss some words from the ripple side, they could be useful to those, who don't want to analyze so many graphs.

    i have an FSP 500 GLN60 (active pfc, smooth oemgrey color:D), i wanted a BS2, but the two seems to be identical to me (ok, it only has one 6pin connector). and i'm out of connectors (6molex, 4sata... with 7 HDDs/opticals, 2 fan controllers and only one video card). so having many connectors is a good thing, although you can buy molex duplicators (only downside is they cost money). and its still more than enough to power my system (q6600@3.0, hd3870, lots of vents, hdds...).

    and most of the computers are fine with just 200-300W. its a shame, that there aren't that many good PSUs on the low edge, because having a monster of PSU means you will have bad efficiency in idle with most of the computers. ofc you can build a computer, which eats up 1000W, but besides skulltrail its hard, and mostly needs enthusiast end water cooling/compressor for cooling purposes.

    and having a good PSU is like having good safety in your car: you only notice it when it fails, but then it is already too late. and buying a noname PSU means that you playing russian roulette all the time...
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  • Martin84a - Thursday, January 01, 2009 - link

    I find it weird people keep recommending Sea Sonic. I'm currently loojing for a new PSU in the 500-600watt range. I remember toms 24 hour PSU stress test, where Enermax, Zalman, Cooler Master and Silverstone where the last remaining, while Seasonic had failed with the rest.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/de/stresstest-netzteil...">http://www.tomshardware.com/de/stresste...etzteile...
    I just read Hardocps Seasonic S12II-500 watt psu review, and the transient load test showed awful results.
    http://hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM2NCw3LCxoZW...">http://hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM2NCw3LCxoZW...
    Think computer showed a lot of undervoltage ripple too, and on the 12v a lot of switching between overvoltage and undervoltage. That doesnt look good.
    http://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=reviews&...">http://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=reviews&...
    And i have read about the DOA Seasonics too, and the ones failing after some time...
    Seasonic also only provide 3 years of limited warrenty here like many other places, while a brand like Cooler master give 5 years, just like Corsair.

    Just makes you wonder.
    I think i'll go with an Enermax modu+ or pro+ this time..still not sure though.
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  • sprockkets - Sunday, January 04, 2009 - link

    Hmmm... your first link is to the german side of Tom's, and while we can make out perhaps the SeaSonic PS failed, searching the English side for the same article does not yield a proper counterpart, and the article that comes close to it, is not even finished and broken. What does that say about Tom's Hardware?

    Your second link does show some iffy parts, but overall, they recommend the power supply and dismiss the transient load results as not important. Btw, you think a computer motherboard is going to fry because the 12v line varies 0.2v? 4.92 volts is bad? Those voltages can vary 10% on the 12v line and 5% on the others and meet Intel's ATX spec. Welcome to the real world of imperfection.

    Three years vs 5 years, so what? My FSP power supply in the thrid computer I've built in 2001 still runs fine, and it came with only a 1 year distributor warranty. In fact, only 1 out of 10+ FSP power supplies died, and it probably died because the power strip blew.
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