Question Is this Antec brand reliable or not?

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I've been itching to get a new psu to replace my old one, and I stumbled across this 650w Antec Earthwatt Gold Pro Series (https://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-Cooling-Modular-Warranty/dp/B077G9V84S/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=78271537366404&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&hvqmt=b&keywords=antec+earthwatts&qid=1596039410&sr=8-3&tag=mh0b-20 ). This brand seems pretty good, especially in the shortages, but is it actually good? If not, could someone give me some recommendations on some good 500-650 watt power supply?
 
I've been itching to get a new psu to replace my old one, and I stumbled across this 650w Antec Earthwatt Gold Pro Series (https://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-Cooling-Modular-Warranty/dp/B077G9V84S/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=78271537366404&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&hvqmt=b&keywords=antec+earthwatts&qid=1596039410&sr=8-3&tag=mh0b-20 ). This brand seems pretty good, especially in the shortages, but is it actually good? If not, could someone give me some recommendations on some good 500-650 watt power supply?
The Antec is pretty good. If you want to step up to a higher tier model, this one is available for a bit more cash-
https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-650f14hg-650w/p/1HU-024C-00007
 
https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/psu-tier-list-psucultists.3624094/

You can also check this PSU tier list. It's listed in the Tier B, which is suitable for mid-range systems. Also, the text is colored in gold, which means it is among the best in the tier.
That PSU is a rebadged Seasonic Focus Gold. The Focus Gold is under the Tier A under "( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info ) " so it doesn't make sense that the Antec EarthWatts Gold Pro would be a Tier B. Overall the Antec EarthWatts Gold Pro is a good PSU that will a long time.

The Antec is pretty good. If you want to step up to a higher tier model, this one is available for a bit more cash-
https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-650f14hg-650w/p/1HU-024C-00007
Another choice would be the Fractal Design ION+ https://www.newegg.com/fractal-design-ion-fd-psu-ionp-660p-bk-660w/p/N82E16817580022 which is cheaper than the Super Flower.
 
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That PSU is a rebadged Seasonic Focus Gold. The Focus Gold is under the Tier A under "( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info ) " so it doesn't make sense that the Antec EarthWatts Gold Pro would be a Tier B.
It has a plain sleeve bearing fan, that's why it's tier lower than regular Focus based units which mostly use rifle bearing fans.
 
It's technically rifle but yeah, i thought it's a sleeve on EA Gold Pro ... It will be moved to tier A in the next revision then.
When you get into specifics, rifle & fluid dynamic bearings are nearly identical. The rifle bearing is just a way to get around the patient of the fluid dynamic bearing. That said "It [fluid dynamic bearing] is a modification to the standard sleeve bearing to improve the lubrication of the bearing, and thus increase the life span of the fan while retaining one of the most positive aspects of sleeve bearing fans, which is the low noise level. " https://www.hardwaresecrets.com/the-truth-about-fluid-dynamic-bearing-fdb-fans/
In theory they should last longer than sleeve bearings, but they can fail before a standard ball bearing fan at times as well.
 

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When you get into specifics, rifle & fluid dynamic bearings are nearly identical.
I'm aware, but most so called FDB bearings out there are actually rifle, i.e not patented type of FDB with grooves on the inside surface but on the outside (and I honestly have no idea how that's supposed to help anything). But eh, if its has a lifespan longer than your regular sleeve then something were made right obviously.
 

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