Energy consumption of our PC's has grown massively over the past year or two. We went from PC's that consume roughly 300-350 Watts towards gaming rigs with dual or quad core GPU based graphics cards, dual and quad core processors, multiple drives, tweaked and overclocked rigs and so on and so on.
So a year or two ago, if I told you that Kilowatt PSU's where up and coming ... you'd have laughed me in the face, wouldn't you ? The reality today however is simple: Build a high-end PC, with for example an NVIDIA 680I based mainboard, throw in some spiffy high-frequency memory, take a nice Core 2 Duo or Quad CPU and two lovely 8800 GTX graphics cards in SLI.
Now if we were to overclock that system even a little, we'd be breaking half a Kilowatt already. Luckily the industry is slowly catching up on power consumption so we all can expect a stagnation, but the reality is simple; if you want enough headroom for the future, you overclock and use high-end components, a Kilowatt PSU isn't that strange to consider anymore. It'll give you a lot of leverage and stability as you know for sure that the system can cope with power distribution in every possible segment.
This is where we land at the premises of Listan. We reviewed a couple of their power supplies in the past already, and together with Enermax, PC Power and Cooling (OCZ) I believe the BeQuiet brand is on top of everything, and then there's the rest. Never ever has a Listan BeQuiet power supply disappointed me, and neither will it today as this PSU is downright sexy.
See, next to the hefty 1000 Watt rating this power supply is offering you, it's also offering you a spectacular load of features that are unprecedented. Not just the features are really cool, the aesthetics are also fabulous. This for example, is a standard ATX sized PSU, not too long, it has a shiny coating. Besides the fact that is looks nice, it comes with cable management. By organizing cables and by giving you the option to actually modify the wires you want to use. Not just wires though, nope, nicely black coated wires with each connector wrapped in a black colored foil/plastic. The amount of detail is intense.
The new DXX (8-pin) connectors for the latest batch of graphics cards? Present.
The Dark Power Pro is an 1000 Watt PSU which places it in the high-end segment. A PSU which, although not certified, is 100% SLI and Crossfire ready. Even Quad SLI, as it has four dedicated PCI-Express connectors, which combined can carry a total of 75 Amp's, and according to the box, the PSU 12 volts rails may peak to 20 AMPs per 12V rail.
BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 650W First Class review So a couple of weeks ago I had a call from Miss D. at Listan, their rock solid BeQuiet series is to be updated to a new revision. And at that very moment I was like ..hmm what on earth could they improve ? Well, before we get into that .. let me just say .. they did. On the next pages we'll show you a full-fetched review on their all new BeQuiet Dark Power Pro "First Class" edition of power supplies. A PSU series that is quite efficient, stable and so darn quiet .. that I measured over and over again.
Dark Power Pro 1000 Watt PSU review The Dark Power Pro is an 1000 Watt PSU which places it in the high-end segment. A PSU which (although not certified) is 100% ready for SLI ready and Crossfire certified even Quad; as it has four dedicated 12 volts PCI-Express connectors which combined can carry a total of 75 AMPs, and according to the box, the PSU 12 volts rails may peak to 20 AMPs per 12V rail.
BeQuiet Dark Power PRO 850 Watt PSU review The last time I received a power supply from them I received an email back from a friend working in the graphics card industry. He said "Hilbert, I just bought one of these and you were 100% right. I'm really glad I bought one." So for Listan it's difficult to improve an already great product I figured. Hmm, nope! In the ever-growing demand of power consumption they have yet again released an affordable power supply, this time with a 850 Watt rating yet for a price that's stunning. Next to that it's modular, has high energy efficiency, is quite silent and will fit in any case due to it's small size opposed to the Kilowatt PSU's we recently have seen.
BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro 600 Watt PSU Sound levels coming from your PSU. The high rated PSU's typically have two fans and a lot of manufacturers did not pay attention to all the noise a PC makes these days. So the third factor was utilizing silent high-performance fans preferably with smart-fan technology (variably fan speeds based on heat).
And with these factors in mind we land at a product line called BeQuiet! As the name suggests we do not expect this product to make heaps of sound. The product is named mysteriously the "Dark power Pro". We'll be testing the 600 Watt model to see if it can manage a high-end system with NVIDIA SLI technology.