Antec is marketing the EDGE series as "the pinnacle of power supplies". While that may not be very accurate, as there are several significantly more advanced products available, this is a 550W PSU with a "Silence Defined" marketing label. The intended purpose of the EDGE series is to provide low noise, high quality units to mainstream users, not to compete for the crown of the highest possible performance or technological superiority. If you are looking to power a behemoth with multiple GPUs or a cryptocurrency mining machine, none of the units of the EDGE series are suitable; for "normal" users, however, 550W-750W is more than sufficient.

In terms of quality, the Antec EDGE 550W is excellent, both externally and internally. It is hard to fail a quality check with Seasonic as your OEM, but the EDGE 550W unit that we reviewed today is perhaps the most well made <700W unit that we have seen to this date. Inside are some of the best components that can be used for a consumer-grade PSU, while the assembly/soldering job is immaculate. It is no surprise that Antec covers the units of the EDGE series with a 5-year warranty.

Antec also puts in a commendable effort to make the EDGE series aesthetically appealing. The modular cables, perforated chassis, stickers, and white LED lighting form an overall look that does stand out, yet not overly so. For those that dislike the white lighting or lighting in general, the installation of an on/off switch is a thoughtful choice.

The primary sales point of the Antec EDGE series is "Silence" and the 550W unit passed all tests with flying colors. Its high efficiency and low capacity account for very low thermal losses. Aside from a completely fanless unit, such as the 520W Nightjar, the Antec EDGE most likely is the next best thing that money can buy. It also has great electrical performance, with very good voltage regulation and line filtering characteristics. The high ripple of the 5V line is unusual but it is still well below the ATX design limit, therefore we cannot really voice any complaints about it.

The Antec EDGE series is very interesting but, due to the narrow wattage range, it only appeals to those with more moderate needs. These units are designed for the casual home/office user and the average gamer, the type of user that will install only one good CPU and GPU, a couple of drives, and work or casually play games. The EDGE also takes things a step further and targets silence/quiet operation.

This category, the "mainstream users", is undoubtedly the largest portion of the market, but due to their high price the Antec EDGE units will be interesting to just a small fragment of it. Even the 550W model that we reviewed here today, the least powerful unit of the EDGE series, has an MSRP of $120, a price that can easily get you an 80 Plus Gold PSU that's twice as powerful or even two Corsair CX600M units (for $10 extra). If the actual retail price of the EDGE units isn't significantly below MSRP when the series hits store shelves, the EDGE will have a difficult time competing in today's market. They may be quieter than much of the competition, but the price premium still looks very steep.

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  • Daniel Egger - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - link

    > For non gaming rigs, it's more like 40-70w just browsing the web & using office, 100w max full video encoding, etc, and that could easily run off a Pico-PSU laptop style power brick.

    In fact HP and and a few other companies are selling not only all-in-ones but also mini-tower PCs which are powered by external 19V power bricks. I ordered one of those a couple of months back for a family member. Sure there's no discrete GPU in that but it still offers quite a bit of bang and is perfectly capable of handling any typical office activities and even light gaming. I couldn't make it draw more than 70W at the wall.
  • KAlmquist - Sunday, October 5, 2014 - link

    Referring to 28 watts out of the power supply, and 37 watts measured at the wall, the reviewer writes that "most systems will be closer to twice that power draw at idle." So I'd like to underline the fact that you are measuring 37 watts at the wall idle even with a GPU.
  • Morawka - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - link

    whats wrong with all the images on this site? they are all broken. Same with daily tech. (reset your cache, you'll see.

    missing on both my iphone and desktop.
  • TelstarTOS - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - link

    I've seen this 5V regulation issue on another PSU, I believe Seasonic's own latest G-series. I dont like it but it's within specs anyway.
  • bhima - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - link

    Hrmm... $120 is a steep price to pay for silence on a component that is typically the least offender as far as noise in concerned (ie: Case, CPU fan and GPU are the big noise makers).

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