Sunday, June 9th 2013

be quiet! Power Zone Series Detailed

During the recently ended Computex event in Taipei, be quiet! presented a wide range of new products, CPU coolers as well as power supplies. Among them a new upper-mainstream PSU line dubbed Power Zone, which consists of four models starting at 650 W and followed by 750 W, 850 W and 1000 W versions. This constitutes a premiere for be quiet! in that these are the first fully modular power supplies to be offered by the German brand. Another aspect intended to be addressed with this product line is affordability, which is something few of us would associate with the be quiet! moniker.

The four units comprising the Power Zone line are single +12V rail designs, use only 105° C rated capacitors and claim 80 Plus Bronze efficiency. They also make use of the be quiet! Silent Wings 135 mm fan, which is a Protechnic made Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan, probably the best fan you can have inside a power supply. The modular connector panel also houses three fan headers, feature carried over from the Dark Power Pro P10 line. be quiet! will offer these products with a 5 year warranty and pricing should start below 100 €.
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9 Comments on be quiet! Power Zone Series Detailed

#1
shovenose
Those are some attractive power supplies :)
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#2
McSteel
And yet, they're probably FSPs full of CapXons... Oh well, can't have it all.
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#3
tigger
I'm the only one
Are Be Quiet PSU's any good?
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Sin
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by: tigger
Are Be Quiet PSU's any good?
They range from exceptional to rather poor, like the product portfolios of most other big names in the industry. As it usually happens, you get what you pay for, and higher end power supplies from be quiet! tend to command a hefty premium.
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Jorge
by: Absolom
They range from exceptional to rather poor, like the product portfolios of most other big names in the industry. As it usually happens, you get what you pay for, and higher end power supplies from be quiet! tend to command a hefty premium.
That's precisely while I recommend Seasonic because you always get top quality, excellent service if you ever need it and you don't pay a mark-up to someone who just re-labels a product but doesn't actually produce it.
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tigger
I'm the only one
by: Absolom
They range from exceptional to rather poor, like the product portfolios of most other big names in the industry. As it usually happens, you get what you pay for, and higher end power supplies from be quiet! tend to command a hefty premium.
Thanks, I'd always thought of be quiet stuff as a bit budget based, don't know about their higher end ones though.
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Sin
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by: McSteel
And yet, they're probably FSPs full of CapXons... Oh well, can't have it all.
I'm quite optimistic in this regard, seeing as how Seasonic just presented a fully modular M12II Bronze line (SS-***AT) for the Chinese market, they could just as well be inside these units also, which will leave only the 1000 W version for further suppositions and guesses. :)
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Sin
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by: Jorge
That's precisely while I recommend Seasonic because you always get top quality, excellent service if you ever need it and you don't pay a mark-up to someone who just re-labels a product but doesn't actually produce it.
Seasonic usually gets things right, but they can also mess up (as seen in the Arctic Cooling PSUs which are Seasonic made). Sill, you are correct, Seasonic units are normally the safe bet.

Regarding after sales support and service, you'd be hard pressed to find better than be quiet! in Europe. :)
by: tigger
Thanks, I'd always thought of be quiet stuff as a bit budget based, don't know about their higher end ones though.
Their Dark Power Pro P10 units are among the best money can buy, some of their fans are superb as well.

YW! :)
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#9
Tannhäuser
Using BeQuiet-PSUs now for many many years with my watercooled silent PCs and I'm very satisfied with the units. The fans of the Dark Power Pro-series are near to noiseless. Had some technical questions once - got a detailed answer from the support within a few hours. :rockout:
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