Dark Power Pro 1000 Watt PSU review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/31/2007 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Dare I say it ? Yes, credit where credit is due ... this PSU might replace the Enermax Galaxy 1000 Watt DXX in our primary video card test system. Now purely from a power distribution point of view, the Galaxy might be a tad better. But the Dark Power Pro 1000 Watt simply has everything else. Next to the high Ampage specifications the complete black look, safety features, black wiring, 100% modability and the sheer low-noise level. I tell you, this is one mighty impressive power supply to own. The looks and feel are just brilliant. Now I know, it's a tad subjective to test PSU's in this class as really, we can hardly stress them. To do so we'd need a Chroma 8000, which is some really serious gear, yet completely unaffordable. We do our best by stressing the PSU in a real-world situation, taken to the extreme. And it passed our tests without the slightest hiccup, noise or protest.
Next to that we just have to factor in several other positives: High efficiency at roughly +80%, addition fan control, a cool-down period after the PC shuts down (fan remain active for a couple of minutes), filters on cabling to prevent ripple noise on the wiring and much more. Even stuff like cable length, everything has been though well through.
Now if that isn't convincing enough for you, this PSU is among the cheapest 1000 Watt PSU's ... super, you can pick it up for roughly 290 EUR/USD which obviously is still a stackload a lot of money to spend on a PSU; but I tell you this, it will be one of the wisest investments you have ever made for your PC. This thing will last years.
The Dark Power Pro 1000 Watt PSU comes with a three year warranty and is available on the stores starting in August 2007. Once again we give away our very hard to get "Best hardware Award"; it's well deserved, this thing is amazing.
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.