Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 650w ATX PSU

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Be Quiet! Dark Power PROBeing a fairly new contender in the UK PSU market, the Dark Power PRO is up against some stiff competition. However, while most units from competitors are able to deliver fairly solid voltages and good overall performance, the 87% efficiency and insanely quiet operation of the Dark Power PRO puts it into a league of its own.
 
Unfortunately the cost of being in this league does seem to come with quite a high price tag, and at £99.88 for the 650w version over at Scan.co.uk, the unit clearly isn't aimed at those of us who are looking to save a few quid by avoiding the 1kw monster units.
 
However, saying that; the Dark Power Pro 650w does fill a hole in the market quite nicely: While most manufacturers are aiming their lower-wattage units at the budget market, and stripping the units of everything but the bare essentials, Be Quiet! have produced a range of PSU's that have consistent high quality with all the trimmings regardless of output wattage. This makes the Dark Power PRO series perfect for those of us intelligent to know that their single-GPU PC setup isn't going to consume anything more than 500w of power, but are still willing to pay that little bit (?) extra for all the goodness normally only found on other manufacturers flagship models.
 
 
The Good
• Ultra-high efficiency @ almost 87%.
• Very stable voltages with no "over-volting".
• Sexy electroplated finish.
• One of the most silent units we've heard in a long time.
• Excellent modular cable system.
• Package and accessories make it feel worth every penny
 
The Mediocre
• Nothing to report
 
The Bad
• Its pricey. PSU connoisseurs need only apply.
 
 
Overclock3D Editors Choice Award
 
Thanks to Be Quiet! for sending over the Dark Power PRO. Discuss this review in our forums.
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01-05-2008, 05:33:16

JN
"Shhhh...Be Quiet! Did you hear that? Nope. It must be the extremely silent 650w Dark Power Pro PSU."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...132750274s.jpg

Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 650w Review

01-05-2008, 06:54:57

llwyd
Seriously sexy PSU, i'm sure people who actually care what their PSU looks like MIGHT be able to stretch to that price... but not me

01-05-2008, 07:14:38

Rastalovich
Great review.

Those people definately have some relation of sorts with Silentpower. I have a 400W psu at home with embossing in the same place, same coating with color (might be a little darker grey) and shine, and the fan-guard looks identical if not the same. Not modular tho. Maybe use the same casing manufs or something.

Seems a decent psu, for close to 100 it would have to be very solid with it`s power quality. Also u can barely hear it - what a bonus.

01-05-2008, 11:35:31

ionicle
that does sound good () for media junkies and people who want HTPC's

06-09-2008, 11:42:17

clone38
Thinking of buying this psu as i like the cable setup,was going to ask about 8 pin videocard cable but it has it

06-09-2008, 19:15:13

wajiguqu0223
So we're accomplishment to jazz to appear at shipway to use the raiseable design to compound their 'Experience of Warcraft' live. We'll see guild wars gold what merciful of applications we can amount up with."
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