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The EA-380D (and the rest of the EarthWatts Green line) ships without a power cord. The supposed reasoning is that most households already have extra power cords, as they accumulate from older PCs and upgrades, but if you're new to the computing game you may have to order one (or ask a friend). While that may benefit the environment, it's also worth noting that Antec saves a bit on costs; the customer will have to decide whether the included matierials are sufficient.

Antec neglected to mention the absense of polystyrene in their packaging; the PSU is protected by two pieces of recycled cardboard. Also included are mounting screws and a product overview sheet. Besides the “green philosophy”, the removal of the power cord (~1$) is a useful way of reducing BOM costs, whereas the manual and screws are rather inexpensive by comparison. We would say that screws could be left out as well, since they could be reused from older PCs, but they cost (and weigh) less, so the there was apparently less incentive to remove them.

Going with the green image, a dark green coating was selected for this series; it's an unusual alternative to the grey predecessors and other (mainly black) retail PSUs. It won't matter one way or the other for windowless cases, but some customers might enjoy the change in style. The varnish resists scratches very well and fingerprints are not visible. With an 80mm fan at the rear of the chassis, there are no bulging fan grilles on the top or bottom. The ventilation holes are square-shaped and give the PSU an angular and rustic appearance. Otherwise the styling is straightforward and unobtrusive. With a depth of just 14cm, it is the smallest possible ATX-size PSU.

The +12V rails are rated at 15A and 17A respectively and deliver a combined 336W. +5V and +3.3V are specified with 20A and 115W combined. The peak power on the stronger rails is 450W.

Antec EarthWatts EA 380D Green 380W Cables and Connectors
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  • fausto412 - Saturday, October 2, 2010 - link

    let me put it this way.

    it's $45. I've seen their True Power line at 550 Watts on sale for a few bucks more. the features i would get for spending an extra 10 and the extra capacity would just void me wanting to use this.

    but i did forget about the HTPC crowd. still waiting to try it but in the USA HTPC won't take off as long as you can't just decrypt cable/fios/direct tv with your tuner card which i hear may be in the works. still waiting for it.
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  • fredgiblet - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    Except you'll probably never use that extra capacity, meaning that you'll have lower efficiency for no reason, costing you much more over the life of the PSU.

    Additionally there's more than just HTPCs, home servers are usually on all the time and they usually lack high-end CPUs and video cards, I plan to build a torrenting machine that will hopefully draw VERY little power as it will only serve to torrent and have websites open when I'm gaming, there are lots of people for whom programming is their life who don't even have (or need) high-end processors. Realistically we're past the point where the advances in speed really help the average computer user, these days a low to mid range dual-core and an SSD are all the upgrades that most people actually benefit from. If I was asked to build a new computer for any of my relatives I can't think of a single one who I would end up building a computer that draws more than 400W, and I myself will probably never have more than one computer that does either (if even that) it's simply not necessary.
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  • Samus - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    HTPC not taking off? You've got to be joking. Practically everybody I know has a computer hooked up to their TV, if not just for streaming netflix, it's good for web browsing, youtube, hulu, itunes, etc. Then you have the more savvy users that have 1TB+ video libraries. Windows Media Center was a joke, yes, and using the PC to watch TV is a joke, yes, but those are just about the only TWO things wrong with the HTPC. Reply
  • fausto412 - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    for what i want my HTPC to do....we are not there yet. it's not replacing my cable box or my tivo box yet and it can't do video on demand with the cable company. when it handles those 3...i'll get rid of both and build an htpc. Reply
  • martyrant - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    First, did you just say HTPCs haven't taken off in the USA? Really, man? Where have you been for like, what, the last 8 years?

    Second, did you really just say HTPCs haven't taken off in the USA? Alright, alright.

    Third, I got it on sale for $25 to replace a dead one in my girlfriend's HTPC/gaming rig (you heard it, HTPC in the USA!).

    Her specs (she plays the sims and watches TV on it, she has my old monitor which is pretty nice):

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
    AMD Athlon II X3 435 (unlocked to 4 fine)
    OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB
    MSI R4850-512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB
    2xWD 640GB
    Lite-On DVD/CD combo
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  • fausto412 - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    is that htpc able to do everything the cable box does right now? tivo?

    i've looked into it and i have a more hassle free experience with my tivo and my cable box as the technology stands in the USA.

    until htpc's can do video on demand and decrypt video without going thru hoops they won't take over, maybe you and your 3 to 5 geek buddies have htpc's but i don't know anyone. guess i need more geek friends.
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  • AstroGuardian - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    You are so boring dude... Come on! Reply
  • Iketh - Saturday, October 2, 2010 - link

    i was dying for a small P/S review because I'm about to build my first HTPC. This came right on time, thanks a bunch! Reply
  • crucibelle - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    I could use one of these, no problem. Reply
  • jensend - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    A top-of-the-line i7 rig with a Geforce 460 or a Radeon 5850 fits comfortably in a 380W envelope. I'm guessing the reason you don't know that is because you "won't even read" Anandtech's actual power consumption tests. The only people who actually need more than this are people with SLI/Crossfire rigs or GF 470/480 cards. And they make up only a tiny fraction of the people reading Anandtech. Many people aren't even gamers, in which case a 200W PSU would be plenty with modern CPUs. Reply

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