[section_title title=”Introduction”]Introduction

be quiet! is a name synonymous with quality cooling and power products including their Dark Rock cooling range and their Dark/Straight power supply ranges.  With their main emphasis being on solid, efficient and silent cooling, it is no surprise that this German company has been making waves on the market since 2006.  They have many awards to their name including being number 1 for power supplies in Germany and winning manufacturer of the year 8 times in a row in PCG magazine, so we are excited to get our first slice of the be quiet! Power supply pie on our test bench.

In particular today, I will be taking a look at one of their latest power supplies in the form of the Straight Power E9 680w which features a peak 680w peak power while conforming to the 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating.  It has a semi modular design and should prove popular with consumers if their Dark Rock Pro cooler range is anything to go by.

Will this German company make an unforgettable mark on me?  Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…

What be quiet! has to say about their Straight Power E9 680w power supply:

World Class Quiet and Efficiency

The Straight PowerTM E9 680W CM provides best-in-class performance for systems that demand whisper-quiet operation without the slightest compromise in power quality. The many premium features our German team has designed into this power supply make the E9 680W CM a ‘Best Choice’ for new systems and as a replacement in existing systems.

Virtually silent operation achieved through a broad array of meticulous optimizations, including use of custom-designed 135mm SilentWings® Fan
SilentWings fan features airflow-optimized fan blade, fluid dynamic bearing with copper core and high quality IC motor controller
680 Watts of continuous power provide extensive power reserves for those times your PC really needs it all
Cable management with extra long cable reach simplifies component installation and reduces annoying clutter, increasing airflow and improving cooling in even the largest PC cases
80PLUS Gold certification and up to 93% power conversion efficiency let you do more work with the same power and reduce your power bills
NVIDIA Hybrid readiness and AMD CrossfireX certification allows you to build powerful Multi-GPU systems with confidence
German product conception, design and quality control.

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