be quiet! with new 80Plus Gold and Platinum PSUs

be quiet!, a German brand from Listan, showed some interesting new products at Computex. Late this year, be quiet! [Ed: silliest name award pending] will present one of the first 80 Plus Platinum PSUs. This 850W model has modular cables and offers a feature called "overclocking key" that allows the customer to choose between a +12V single rail or multi rail design. This PSU will be a part of the new Dark Power Pro P10 series. This series has 80 Plus Gold products starting from 550W.

In addition to the P10 line, be quiet! will launch the Straight Power E9 series in September. These will also be modular PSUs, with 80 Plus Gold certification and prices similar to their predecessors. The most interesting feature could be their 135mm Silent Wings fan. Previously, they have had models with up to 120mm. be quiet! also presented a model called Efficient Power for the international market that will be less expensive than the E9 and P10 series.

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  • Rick83 - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    be quiet! was -the- go to brand for silent power supplies in Germany, so the name is more venerable than silly ;). Did have three of their PSUs die on me, which is around 50% of the units I bought, but those that die early get next-day replacement, and after three years of 24/7 use, many power supplies will eventually crack.
    Still, going with Seasonic and Enermax lately, and these models will probably be too late for my next build.
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  • Souka - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    Well...a dead PSU is pretty darn quiet if you ask me! Reply
  • gfjtyty - Thursday, June 09, 2011 - link

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  • Howard - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    None of the PSUs I have owned have died in less than 3 years. Or ever.

    Take it as you will.
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  • Calin - Thursday, June 09, 2011 - link

    I've had power supplies from cheap cases die - on the other hand, some of the power supplies that came with cheap cases worked like a charm for a really long time, more than 5 years Reply
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  • hieuhef - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    Yeah, it's only 550w, but it can "OC" to 650w and still retain 80 Gold spec, and its fan doesn't spin up until it absolutely has to. Great PSU, albeit kinda costy. Johnny Guru recommended! Reply
  • Rigan - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    Would somebody suggest a reason or two that one might prefer a single +12V rail over multiple? Both are seen, but I never understood why one would be better or worse. Reply
  • Rick83 - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    it's probably easier to balance (and adjust for vdroop etc) multiple rails, when using multiple consumers, while a single rail is convenient if you have high power single end points.

    But how big that difference is, I'm not sure anyone can tell you except those that won't tell you because they sell it as a vague feature to have...
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  • don_k - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    It's arguably 'better' when overclocking to have a single rail because with multiple rails you run the risk of reaching the limit of a single rail by overvolting a high powered cpu and/or gpus. Reply

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