Tuesday, February 23rd 2021

be quiet! Announces Dark Power 12 Power Supply Series

be quiet!, market leader for PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, introduces the Dark Power 12 series. This high-end power supply series consists of three models with 750, 850, and 1000 watts. They are positioned directly beneath the award-winning Dark Power Pro 12 series, starting at 1200 watts. Dark Power 12 features an extraordinary 80 PLUS Titanium certification, an advanced topology, and a proven cooling concept for the perfect balance between efficiency, performance, and silence. An Overclocking Key lets users combine the four 12 V rails into one with high power output, ideal for overclocked processors or graphics cards. be quiet! has combined these high-end technical specifications with fully modular black sleeved cables.

Dark Power 12 features 80 PLUS Titanium certification. be quiet! has achieved this high-efficiency factor by implementing the advanced "Active Rectifier + Full Bridge LLC + SR + DC-DC" topology and a wire-free interior design on the DC side. Unlike the Pro models, Dark Power 12 does not rely on digital regulation: the active rectifier helps its topology achieve a high efficiency rating on Titanium level. For maximum reliability and signal quality from the four 12 V rails, Dark Power 12 relies exclusively on premium components such as long-lasting Japanese 105°C capacitors.
Patented Silent Wings 135 mm fan for high air circulation and virtually inaudible operation
To make sure the high-end components in Dark Power 12 are optimally cooled even under extreme load, be quiet! has come up with an innovative method to integrate its award-winning Silent Wings 135 mm fan. The result is a patented frameless fan, placed directly under a full mesh grill, surrounded by a funnel-shaped air intake for optimal air circulation and best-in-class cooling. The fan has a low startup rotational speed. It operates virtually inaudibly, negating the need to constantly stop and start the fan as such semi-passive solutions often place unnecessary stress on the fan components.

Extensive feature set
As a successor to the popular Dark Power Pro 11 and lower-wattage option to the Dark Power Pro 12 series, many beloved features from both series carry over into Dark Power 12, including the Overclocking Key. This switch allows users to change the power supply from multi-rail mode to single-rail mode with the flick of a button or an optional jumper, increasing the PSU's stability under extreme overclocking conditions. To match the high-quality components inside the power supply unit, be quiet! has created a steel housing that elevates this power supply series's appearance and offers a complete set of modular, black sleeved cables. Thanks to its high component quality and the innovative cooling design, be quiet! offers a 10-year manufacturer's warranty.

Dark Power 12 will be available in retail from March 9 at a suggested retail price of $199.90 / £205.99 / €214.90 (750 W), $239,90 / £239.99 / €249,90 (850 W), or $279,90 / £269.99 / €279,90 (1000 W).
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41 Comments on be quiet! Announces Dark Power 12 Power Supply Series

#1
thegnome
They sure look unique and probably perform excellent too. Too bad that the pricing is that high or I'd pick one up.
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#2
ncrs
thegnome
They sure look unique and probably perform excellent too. Too bad that the pricing is that high or I'd pick one up.
How do they look unique? To me it's just a regular modular PSU with a mesh. Also those are renders and not real photos.
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#3
Dave65
I like be quiet stuff.
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#4
Hossein Almet
Too bad, just bought the AX850, and the whole cooling kits, for my 5950X :)
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#5
bonehead123
ncrs
How do they look unique? To me it's just a regular modular PSU with a mesh. Also those are renders and not real photos.
^^THIS^^

Other than the arrangement of the connectors, I don't see anything especially unique about these boxes, but perhaps I am missing something....

Can someone pleeze enlighten me, as I need several PSU's for upcoming client builds and would like to try these out :D
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#6
dyonoctis
ncrs
How do they look unique? To me it's just a regular modular PSU with a mesh. Also those are renders and not real photos.
They are the only PSU who are using that kind of fine mesh, you are usually seeing a grid, or much larger holes. The corners are also much more sharper, I wouldn't want to drop them on my foot :D. (but granted, it's something that end hidden anyway). The "unique" look was all about aesthetic, it's not a "revolution" in the way that PSU are made
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#7
P4-630
btarunr
Thanks to its high component quality and the innovative cooling design, be quiet! offers a 10-year manufacturer's warranty.
Good stuff, I might buy a Be Quiet PSU once again in the future.
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#8
dirtyferret
dyonoctis
They are the only PSU who are using that kind of fine mesh,
There may be a good reason for that
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#9
VulkanBros
Hossein Almet
Too bad, just bought the AX850, and the whole cooling kits, for my 5950X :)
The AX850 is an excellent choice ;-)

I like the be quiet! PSU´s - nice and clean build - on the inside and outside......
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#10
ThrashZone
Hi,
Didn't be-quiet have a weird function on previous psu's that even if they were switched off they were still live ?
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#11
-The_Mask-
VulkanBros
The AX850 is an excellent choice ;-)

I like the be quiet! PSU´s - nice and clean build - on the inside and outside......
Corsair HX850i and HX850 are actually better overall and cheaper. So not really an excellent choice. Corsair AX just has nothing special. The only thing that's special are the issues it has, that's actually not that common for a high-end PSU.
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#12
VulkanBros
-The_Mask-
Corsair HX850i and HX850 are actually better overall and cheaper. So not really an excellent choice. Corsair AX just has nothing special. The only thing that's special are the issues it has, that's actually not that common for a high-end PSU.
The AX has full modularity and can run quiet in fanless mode...I don't think the HX is fully modular and can run fanless.....
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#13
shilka
-The_Mask-
Corsair HX850i and HX850 are actually better overall and cheaper. So not really an excellent choice. Corsair AX just has nothing special. The only thing that's special are the issues it has, that's actually not that common for a high-end PSU.
You got it backwards the AX850 is rebranded Seasonic Prime Ultra TX so its better than the HX and especially the HXi which has far worse ripple suppression
You might be thinking of the old AX850 or AX860 which were Seasonic KM2 for the AX850 and XP2 for the AX860
The AX has full modularity and can run quiet in fanless mode...I don't think the HX is fully modular and can run fanless.....
As for the newest HX they are fully modular not semi like the older ones
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#14
mechtech
whats with all the renderings of a picture instead of a real picture lately??

give me real picture!!!
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#15
Why_Me
$200 USD for a 750w psu o_O
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#16
ThrashZone
mechtech
whats with all the renderings of a picture instead of a real picture lately??

give me real picture!!!
Hi,
It's a hardware news thread not a in hand review.
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#17
mechtech
ThrashZone
Hi,
It's a hardware news thread not a in hand review.
I know. It just seems everything these days is a render, as say 10 years ago everything was an actual photo.
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#18
P4-630
Why_Me
$200 USD for a 750w psu o_O
80 PLUS Titanium certification tend to be more expensive.
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#19
Why_Me
P4-630
80 PLUS Titanium certification
EVGA and Seasonic sell modular Gold rated psu's for under $120 and those come with a 10 year warranty.
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#20
ThrashZone
mechtech
I know. It just seems everything these days is a render, as say 10 years ago everything was an actual photo.
Hi,
Yeah what always gets me is when they do the news thread on an item and then same day or next they post the real review :-)
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#21
dirtyferret
ThrashZone
Hi,
Didn't be-quiet have a weird function on previous psu's that even if they were switched off they were still live ?
The vast majority of Be Quiets PSU are made by FSP including the previous dark rock pro 11 that these units succeed. FSP hangs their hats on having high hold up times compared to other OEMs in case power is tripped, there is a power outage, etc.,
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#22
ThrashZone
Hi,
Messing with hardware this feature can also cause bad results seeing power truly needs to be off for gpu/ cpu/... r&r and drained too really.
I sure wouldn't like this type of feature personally this is why I use back up power devise in case of power outages....
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#23
dirtyferret
P4-630
80 PLUS Titanium certification tend to be more expensive.
Why_Me
EVGA and Seasonic sell modular Gold rated psu's for under $120 and those come with a 10 year warranty.
You are not getting a Full Bridge LLC + SR + DC-DC topology like some down on his luck chump with a Dark Rock pro 11, you are getting an "Advance Active Rectifier + Full Bridge LLC + SR + DC-DC" topology"in these babies...so I'm guessing those power mosfets cost more money?
ThrashZone
Hi,
Messing with hardware this feature can also cause bad results seeing power truly needs to be off for gpu/ cpu/... r&r and drained too really.
I sure wouldn't like this type of feature personally this is why I use back up power devise in case of power outages....
There is am ATX spec for hold up time, something like 17ms. Many OEMs go under this spec or just barely achieve it especially with budget and even good mid-tier PSU (in fact many PSU recommend on this forum are at or under that spec). There are two camps to high hold up times, those that think it's over rated and those that think it's important. I'm of the former (as were many on the jonny guru forums) while FSP and people like @Bill_Bright are of the latter. I respect their opinions and reasons for having a high hold up time even if I may not agree with it 100%. If Bill wants to he can state it's importance, he's more knowledgeable on the subject than I.
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#24
ThrashZone
Hi,
Yeah all psu's take a few seconds to run out of power
I was referring to be-quiet feature you really had to unplug it from the wall before it drained
It was mostly like the on/off switch did nothing.

Verses just using the off switch to start power drain once all lighting on mother board.. goes off then I'd unplug.
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#25
TheinsanegamerN
Why_Me
$200 USD for a 750w psu o_O
You want a shock? Look up 1000W titanium supplies. $400+. That cert is expensive to get.
Why_Me
EVGA and Seasonic sell modular Gold rated psu's for under $120 and those come with a 10 year warranty.
You can get non 80 plus rated PSUs for $40, what's your point? Those golds are not titanium rated.
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