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Antec Earthwatts 500W - Capabilities?

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Hi.

Seeing as my main rig is water-cooled, this makes swapping out and testing parts impossible without much hardship.

I often have to test GPUs/CPUs before I sell them, so I've got together a test system consisting of a S775 Pentium 4, Low end Asus motherboard and 2GB of DDR2.

Anyhow, onto my question.

I currently have a HX650, still sealed, from RMA. I have it for sale right now, but I've also had an offer to part exchange + cash for an Antec Earthwatts (EA-500) PSU, which is a few years old.

I looked at the jg review, and it seems like a very solid unit, but how much can it take?

It's just be the P4 system, with a hard drive, plus whatever GPU I'd be testing.

For example, right now I need to test a GTS450, I know it'll do that, but what if I needed to test a 470, or a 295? Or even a 4870x2? How would it hold up then, considering I'd be furmarking/OCCTing them to check they function 100%?

I don't need the money that I'd get in the trade really, but it'd be nice. That, and the guy really needs the HX650's power more than I do, but I've not put anything in stone yet.

So, basically, keep HX650 and be happy for said test system, or get EA500 with some money in my pocket, but possible limitations to what I can test.

What do?
    
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If you don't stress test them then it should handle any card in the world. If you do have to stress test them, then you might have issues with some of the dual GPU cards... But probably not if you don't stress test the CPU as well.
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Good for the price. Essentially just an OEM Seasonic with an Antec sticker on it.
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I'd have to stress test them.

Potentially could be testing up to 480's, 295's and other higher end cards. It'd mostly be 2xx nVidias, 4xx/5xx ATI's, though.

Think it's better to keep the HX650, just for piece of mind?
Edited by SmokinWaffle - 5/23/11 at 4:52pm
    
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60GB Corsair Force + 2TB RAID0 + 500GB Antec Kühler 620 w/AP-14 Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711 (2560 x 1440) 
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60GB Corsair Force + 2TB RAID0 + 500GB Antec Kühler 620 w/AP-14 Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711 (2560 x 1440) 
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