Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W PSU Review

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Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W PSU – Introduction

Today we are having our first contact with the products of an European manufacturer, Be Quiet!, a company with a strong presence in Europe but not very well known in the USA and Canada; yet. The German company informed us that they are planning to invade the US markets in early 2013. Although Be Quiet! also produces cooling-related products, the company is heavily focused on power supplies, offering tens of units through seven series. In this review we will be having a look at the Dark Power Pro 10 650W power supply, a unit of average output but of the best series Be Quiet! currently offers.

Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W  

The Dark Power Pro 10 series forms the spearhead of Be Quiet!’s power supply products, with units ranging from 550W up to 1200W, all of which come with a long list of features, while some are even 80Plus Platinum certified; not the unit we will be working with today however, as the 650W version of the Dark Power Pro 10 comes with an 80Plus Gold certification. The power output is adequate for the vast majority of gaming systems and the list of features at the very least interesting, so it is our job to find out more about this unit’s quality and actual performance. The Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 MSRP prices for the US market will be:

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 550W


be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 650W


be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 750W


be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 850W


be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 1000W


be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 1200W


Remember; the MSRP price usually is considerably higher than the street price of any such product.

Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W fan view 

Manufacturer’s features and specifications

  • 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
  • 650 Watts of continuous power provide deep power reserves for demanding computing applications
  • NVidia SLI and AMD CrossfireX multi-GPU certifications allow you to build  Multi-GPU systems with utter confidence
  • 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


General data

Continuous power (W)


Peak power (W)


Form factor ATX 12VVersion


Form factor EPS 12VVersion


Modular cable management


Special technology


Voltage (Vac)

100 – 240

Frequency (Hz)

50 – 60

Input current (A)




Power factor at 100% load


Compliant to Intel C6 mode


Power consumption in standby (W)


Average life time (h / 25°C)


Operating temperature up to (°C)




+3.3V (A)


+5V (A)


+12V1 (A)


+12V2 (A)


+12V3 (A)


+12V4 (A)


+12V5 (A)

+12V6 (A)

-12V (A)


+5Vsb (A)


Max. combined current 12V (A)


Max. combined power 12V (W)


Max. combined power 3,3V + 5V (W)


Hold-up time (ms)


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