be quiet! Dark Power Pro 850w ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance

The Dark Power Pro 850w features exactly the same packaging design as its 650w brother with a fairly simplistic and dark theme being used throughout. The front outer-box gives away very little information about the unit listing only the 850w output along with a GB flag and the be quiet! logo offset bottom-left.  However, don't be fooled by this minimalistic approach as be quiet! have kitted the box with a velcro flap that can be lifted to reveal a list of features along with a plastic window that gives a teasing glimpse of the PSU's 120mm gold fan grill.

Be Quiet 850w Box Front Be Quiet 850w Box Front Flap

Be Quiet 850w Box Back Be Quiet 850w Box Open

Around the back of the packaging is an extensive list of specifications including details of the unit in a total of four languages, a power output chart and a diagram that details the length of each modular cable included in the box. Below this we are also provided with a picture of the unit from two angles and a string of award logo's from various international tech websites.

Be Quiet 850w Accessories Box Be Quiet 850w Cable Boxes

Moving on to the contents inner-box, we can see that be quiet! has managed to keep things extremely tidy, using three small accessory boxes to keep sharp objects such as mains plugs separate from the PSU. However, while it would certainly take one hell of a rough delivery to cause any damage to the Dark Power Pro, I can't help but feel that the unit should have maybe been placed inside a clear plastic bag to prevent any hairline scratches. Included in the boxes are the following items:
 
21x Modular cables
7x Velcro cable ties
4x Black thumbscrews
4x ATX Screws
1x Mains power cable

Be Quiet 850w Rear Be Quiet 850w Side

Be Quiet 850w Top Be Quiet 850w Back
 
Once again the Dark Power Pro 850w follows the traditions of the rest of the range with a highly reflective electroplated finish. Both sides of the unit are embossed with the be quiet! logo text and it's good to see that the specifications sticker has been placed out of sight at the bottom of the unit, rather than on one of the sides. Those of us with a keen eye will also notice that be quiet! have made a departure from the normal kettle lead style plug, instead opting for one that complies with new nordic legislations.

Around the front of the unit we can see the Dark Power Pro's modular system with a total of 15 colour coded connectors. However, as the modular system is a major selling point for the unit, let's cover it in greater detail over on the next page...


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Most Recent Comments

04-12-2008, 05:29:13

JN
"After reviewing the 650w model earlier in the year, be quiet! offered us a chance to take a look at its slightly beefier bigger brother. Will it woo us just as much, read on to find out..."

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be quiet! Dark Power Pro 850w ATX PSU

04-12-2008, 06:00:00

Rastalovich
It's undeniable that these psus are good, with the quality that comes with the packaging etc to boot.

I do think they`ll get overlooked tho with the prices they attach to them.

04-12-2008, 06:39:46

JN
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Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
It's undeniable that these psus are good, with the quality that comes with the packaging etc to boot.

I do think they`ll get overlooked tho with the prices they attach to them.
Yeah the 650w is certainly quite a bit above what is deemed acceptable, but thankfully the 850w sits roughly in the middle of the pack price wise. Sure there are some real cheap 850w units out there...but there is certainly a reason for it...even if they do have a good brand name attached.
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