Wednesday, January 8th 2020

be quiet! Shows us Their New Flagship PSU, Premium Mid-Range Case, Air Coolers

German PC power, casing, and cooling major be quiet! brought many new goodies to CES 2020, and we went hands on with them. The star-attraction here is their new flagship power-supply, the Dark Power Pro 12. Available in two high-wattage variants, 1,200-Watt and 1,500-Watt, this series boasts of 80 Plus Titanium certification (rare for such high wattage, including in 100-120VAC regions and not just 220-240VAC). It features fully digital power regulation across all domains. The digital power regulation covers 12 V, LLC, and PFC. It's important to note that it does not use a single +12V rail design, but rather a 6-rail design, with at least 40 A per rail. The 1500 W model features a couple of 45 A rails. There are markings on the connection dock about which specific rail is pulling a connector, so you don't end up overloading a rail.

The Dark Power Pro 12 features an "OC Mode" toggle that optimizes the PSU for overclocking. It is cooled by a 135 mm Silent Wings fan that's optimized for whisper-quiet operation. The 1200 W model provides eight 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, while the 1500 W model provides ten of them. You get at least two 8-pin EPS connectors that aren't piggy-backing a single cable. You get all common electrical protections (over/under-voltage, overload, short-circuit, and overheat). The PSU is housed in a premium brushed aluminium body with a fine mesh over the fan intake. You get single-sleeved modular cables. be quiet! is backing this PSU with a 10-year warranty, and will launch it in February 2020 at an undisclosed price.
Moving on, we have the Pure Base 500DX, a premium variant of the Pure Base 500 from last year. It is a mid-range ATX mid-tower case that not only covers segment essentials, but also offers some aspirational features such as a matte finish, redesigned front- and top-panels with perforations that improve air-flow, and an ARGB embellishment that runs along the height of the case, through the front-panel. Three Pure Wings 2 fans come included with the fan. The ARGB embellishment has a basic internal controller and a front-panel button that cycles through presets. The front-panel now includes a USB 3.x type-C port. There are two trims of this case, black and white. be quiet! is expected to launch it in March 2020.
We now move on to the stuff be quiet! is best known for - cooling. The Shadow Rock 3 is a thick aluminium fin-stack tower-type CPU cooler. The fin-stack is offset away from the memory slot area of most motherboards. Five 6 mm-thick copper heat-pipes make direct contact with the CPU at the base, and spread heat through the fin-stack. An included Shadow Wings 2 PWM fan ventilates the heatsink, with only 24.4 dBA noise output at max speed. A dual-tone brushed-aluminium top-plate caps the fin-stack. The Shadow Rock 3 can handle thermal loads of up to 190 W TDP, making it fit for even LGA2066 HEDT processors, besides support for AM4 and LGA115x. It is slated for April 2020.
Lastly, there's the Pure Rock 2, the new "entry-level" cooler by be quiet!, which squares off against the likes of the CM Hyper 212 EVO. Available in black and white trims with matching brushed-aluminium top-plates, the Pure Rock 2 is a more conventional-looking tower-type cooler, featuring four 6 mm-thick copper heat-pipes that make direct contact with the CPU at the base, and a Pure Wings 2 PWM fan ventilating the heatsink. These coolers are good for thermal loads of up to 150 W, and support mainstream sockets such as AM4 and LGA115x. Product launch for this cooler is expected in April 2020.
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4 Comments on be quiet! Shows us Their New Flagship PSU, Premium Mid-Range Case, Air Coolers

#1
bonehead123
Well....

Except for the case having a mesh front (unlike so many other recent "new" cases") & USB-C on the front I/O (FINALLY), everything else here is somewhat meh... IMHO

y/A/w/N....
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Rx771
Another new clone.
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curiosity
Rx771
Another new clone.

If Thermalright knew how to market themselves better, they could probably be as big as Noctua, which is a bit overpriced, IMO.
They had and in some cases still have some of the best bang for the buck coolers out there and their fans are usually quite good too.
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webdigo
curiosity
If Thermalright knew how to market themselves better, they could probably be as big as Noctua, which is a bit overpriced, IMO.
They had and in some cases still have some of the best bang for the buck coolers out there and their fans are usually quite good too.
Huh, thermalright has a marketing team? If they do, it must be 1 guy only, to keep the costs down.
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