As I stated not too long ago, the power requirements have been dropping for gamers and enthusiasts lately and will continue to do so with next-generation hardware right around the corner. Even though most will never need more than an 800W power supply to power a pair of video cards for their gaming rig, there are still quite a few who utilize three and four GPU systems for gaming with cards like the GTX Titan or Radeon 7990. These systems eat a ton of power and that's where today's review comes into play.
The be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply is a monster that is ready to take care of whatever you throw at it. We've taken a look at a few of their units in the past, and they've proven why they've been rated Germany's number one rated manufacturer for a while now. They're rapidly expanding their market and while the units we looked at in the past were a bit difficult to get your hands on in the US, they're now available via Newegg. With the quality we've seen from these guys, we feel it safe to say that it won't be too long before you can find them available everywhere you're able to get your hands on an Antec or Thermaltake PSU.
Let's start looking at the specifications and see what the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W is made of.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
As you can see, the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W is a quad rail power supply. Each 12V rail is rated for 35A with a combined maximum output of 99A or 1188W. As each of the 12V rails are capable of 420W, you should have no trouble with video cards like the dual-GPU Radeon 7990. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each with a combined maximum output of 150W. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3A or 15W. As with the other Dark Power Pro 10 series units that we have looked at, the power supply can be configured to run as a single rail power supply and that is how we intend to test today.
You don't become a number one rated manufacturer by skimping on features and that is exactly what we see here with the feature summary. All protections are present including SCP, OVP, OCP, OPP and OTP. The Dark Power Pro 10 is certified as 80 PLUS Gold. The unit is fully modular with the exception of the natively wired 20+4 Main connector and all cables are fully sleeved. The power supply is also rated for 100% continuous output at 50C.
be quiet! lists the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply with an MSRP of $309. The cheapest we could find the unit was at Newegg for $319.99 with free shipping at the time of writing. This puts it towards the more expensive end of the spectrum of 1200W units. We suspect that the price is a bit high as Newegg knows they are currently the sole distributor in the US, but I bet that will change before too long. The Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply is backed by a five year warranty.