Originally Posted by jeffkro
You could compare something like a Toyota Camry to the BMW 5 series though. Antec to seasonic, the antec is affordable practical and well built.
You completely missed the point. It doesn't matter if you're comparing a Fiat to a BMW, a Toyota to a BMW, a Ferrarri to a Lamborghini, or a Mercedes to a Kia. Gas mileage is a measure of fuel efficiency, not a measure of the relative quality of the cars. Same with PSUs. It doesn't matter if you're comparing Seasonics, FSPs, Kingwins, Corsairs, OCZs, Antecs, or anything else. Which has a higher 80+ score is a measure of relative efficiency judged against the 80+ standards. It's not a measure of the relative quality of the PSUs.
Which is why you need to rely on manufacturer reputations and reviews from reputable places like JohnnyGuru, Tom's, and Hardware Secrets - people who actually tear them down, look at the components, and test them. When you're buying a Seasonic or FSP you can at least rely on reputation because you know they made them and both are quality manufacturers. It's more difficult when you buy an Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, OCZ, or most of the rest because most of those companies don't make PSUs. They either rebadge existing PSUs or have them custom made by a PSU manufacturer. It helps to know who that manufacturer is. So you need to check out the model or line and see who actually makes it. And sometimes that changes. For example the older Antec Earthwatts EA380 was made by Seasonic. The current "D" model is made by Delta. It may still be good which is why one would want to look for genuine reviews. But you can't categorically say Antec builds quality PSUs because Antec doesn't build ANY PSUs. Now Antec seems to be fairly diligent regarding what they put their name on, but I'd still want to know who built it.
But regardless, the 80+ rating is not a measure of relative quality, but only of the relative 80+ efficiency rating, just as fuel economy is a measure of just that, not a measure of the quality of the car, which was the only point of my post.