Review: be quiet! Darkpower Pro 10 550W PSU

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be quiet! hopes to conjur up the idea that it took some sort of black magic to create their high-end Dark Power Pro 10 series of power supplies which bundles together a robust accessory kit, some nice features, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and an overall great design to win over enthusiast builders worldwide.  Of course, messing with the dark arts doesn't come without some costs, and that's the only thing we would change about the recipe be quiet! has cooked up for their Dark Powr Pro 10 series power supplies.

Overview


be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550W PSU


Legendary Silence, Cutting Edge Performance

Dark Power Pro supplies are already renowned as the world’s quietest PSUs in the high performance category. The Dark Power Pro 10 550W model takes that a giant step further with an all-new design topology that delivers 80PLUS Gold performance, the world’s highest energy efficiency certification. Add to that an unparalleled array of enhancements that augment this unit’s compatibility, convenience of use, reliability, and safety, and the result is simply a power supply without equal. Simply put, this is the highest-powered, most technologically-advanced power supply be quiet! has ever built.

 

  • Virtually silent operation achieved through a broad array of meticulous optimizations, including use of be quiet!’s custom-designed 135mm SilentWings® fan
  • SilentWings fan features airflow-optimized fan blades, fluid dynamic bearing with copper core and high quality IC motor controller for the quietest possible operation
  • 80PLUS Gold certification and up to 93% power conversion efficiency let you do more work with the same power and reduce your power bills
  • 550 Watts of continuous power provide deep power reserves for demanding computing applications
  • 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
  • Overclocking key allows switchover between quadruple independent +12V rail mode and high-performance single-rail operation
  • German product conception, design and quality control

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Specifications


 

Model  140x128x158mm 
Continuous Power (W)
 144x154x160mm 
Peak Power (W)
 1378g
Voltage (Vac)
100-240
Input Current (A)
7-3.5
PFC Active
Intel Haswell C6/C7 Compatible
YES
80 Plus Certification Gold, 92% Efficient @ 100% Load
Dimensions (L x W x D) (mm)
180 x 150 x 86
Weight (kg)
3.51
Warranty
5 Years

Fans

Fan Dimensions 135 mm
Max Fan Speed 1500 RPM
Noise 11.7 - 12.9 dBA
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic Bearing 

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Unboxing


The (relatively large) power supply box opens up to a neatly packaged and well-protected payload.  This is good, as that payload is, erm, precious...  yes, my precious... Sorry, back to reality.  in addtion to your obligatory user manual, power cord, and hard-wired 24-pin power cable and 8-pin CPU cables is the abundant mass of modular cables.  In total you'll have (1) 6-pin PCI-E, (4) 6+2 pin PCI-E, (7) 4-pin Molex, (9) SATA power, (1) Floppy power, and (4) external fan cables.  Hold up, I need to take a quick breather.  Basically, there's a hell of a lot of cables, especially for a 550W power supply, so you should be covered no matter the crazy configuration you end up with.

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