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be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1200W ATX Power Supply Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Apr 17, 2020 at 10:50 am CDT - 3 mins, 17 secs time to read this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: be quiet!Model: BN645

Straight Power 11 Platinum 1200W Power Supply

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The PSU, as previously mentioned, comes in a bubble wrap bag, which helps to keep the unit from damage during shipping. Usually, higher-end supplies invest in a sort of fancy bag and packaging for the PSU cables and the supply unit itself. However, be quiet! did not bother with any of that, so any excess cables will need to be bundled and stored however you see fit. I would like to see a better solution form be quiet! that users can utilize for storage of excess cables, as very few users will install the components necessary to need every cable installed.

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Opening up the supply, we take a look at the grille first. This is something special as be quiet! chose a very artisan look with bars running the length of the supply's fan opening to protect the fan itself from accidental intrusion. The metal bars feel very reminiscent of an art piece or maybe headers on a supercar. I know I'm getting lost in the weeds for a PSU fan grille, but I do feel like it is truly a well-made and well-integrated piece. Here we can also see the 135mm silent wings fan, which is similar to the fans we use on our PSU real-world testbench systems radiator for CPU cooling.

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Flipping to the first visible side and we see the specification label, which is a bit different than we are used to. Usually, the label is on the side opposite the fan, but be quiet! opted for a side mount, which will be visible if your chassis has no PSU shroud or a window here. I think I would have rather seen the stamped in be quiet! name here as it is more aesthetically pleasing.

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Here we see the section opposing the fan, which is where we would generally see the main label. This area is now a blank slate, which may be favorable for a system without a PSU shroud in place as it is solid black. I still do have mixed feelings on this and feel that for aesthetic purposes, the top bale is better than the side as that is what you will see for the most part through a window side panel.

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Here we have the other thin side, which is opposite the label side. This is the indented be quiet! logo I mentioned previously. I do like this aesthetic as it is subdued enough not to be considered pretentious, but it still shows your branding.

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Here we have the input side of the supply, and it is where we find the main AC input receptacle. Also, here is the mains toggle with eth decal above noting it can support from 110-240Vac input. Unlike several we have seen, be quiet! opted to make the area around the AC input and the mains toggle to be solid, while others open these areas up with mesh venting to allow airflow for cooling the PSU.

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Here we have a peek at the modular output connectors for the Straight Power 11 Platinum, and I like how this is arranged. While I like the simplicity of some of the dual 6+2 connectors for PCIe, I do like the current capability and inherent stability offered by direct cables. be quiet! has accomplished direct connections by having double 6+2 pins, which all get direct cabling from the supply via the 12-pin connectors. This means no pigtail off of the 6+2 for a second one off of the same lead. The motherboard is a split lead with a large portion to the right and a smaller pigtail next to the PCIe 3 connector. I do like that be quiet! has the proper amount of modular connections to support all of the cabling supplied in the package, not that most users would ever be able to populate them all with components.

Last updated: Apr 19, 2020 at 08:52 pm CDT

Shannon Robb

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Robb

Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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