Introduction & Closer Look
Following on from little Gav’s review of the Pure Power 9 500w power supply from be quiet!, today I’ll be taking a look at one of their more ‘premium’ models in the form of the Dark Power Pro 11 850w 80PLUS Platinum rated beast. be quiet! are a household name when it comes to power supplies and cooling components such as CPU coolers and fans; their Silent Wings range have gathered plaudits from media and consumers alike since they were introduced to the market. But why would you spend the extra money for a Platinum rated unit over Bronze?
That’s a good question, but to simply answer it, it is all to do with efficiency. A more efficient power supply generates less heat, which in turn expels less heat and doesn’t waste as much power and for those who care about their energy bills and the environment, it’s a pretty big deal.
Inside the box, the package is split up into 2 main sections; the left side for the cables/accessories and the right hand side features a thick wall of surrounding stuff foam for protection to the unit itself. I appreciate premium packaging and you should too!
From the side on, the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 850 watt power supply has a very simplistic design which should be suitable for virtually every system. It’s all black with white contrasts thanks to the text on the sticker be quiet! have stuck to the side.
The back panel has a simple on and off switch, with a slot (found on virtually all ATX power supplies) for a 3 pin kettle lead. It has a honeycomb mesh grill which feels strong and sturdy; how many times when installing, have you tightened up the screws to find the grill to bend? No problems of that happening here!
Behind the metal grill, you will find the large 135mm SilentWings 3 fan which be quiet! have equipped to provide the Dark Power Pro 11 with optimal acoustic performance, as well as superb thermal performance too.
The Dark Power Pro 11 850w has ample connections available and although this unit isn’t fully modular (24pin ATX cable is hard wired), the rest of the unit is. Featured is a very neatly organised row for each cable to plug into including fans, the OCK panel, peripheral connectors, PCI-e and P8/4 CPU 12v.
As previously mentioned, the Dark Power Pro 11 isn’t ‘fully’ modular due to the 24pin ATX motherboard cable being hard wired, but the rest of the unit is modular. Here we have the plastic wrapped flexible cables which come with this model; below it we also have the layout of the cables too thanks to be quiet!.
One interesting accessories that be quiet! has included, is the overclocking key. This enables you to switch between single rail and multi rail mode. An overclocking jumper (not the clothing kind) has also been supplied.
Also included with the accessories are external fan headers; perfect for those with systems with lots of fans, but not enough fan headers provided on the motherboard.