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    be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    Is the price premium justified over other quality supplies? We find out.
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    Re: be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    I do wonder if these very high quality PSUs (platinum- and titanium-rated) will outlast their usefulness with 12 V-only motherboards (ATX12VO) possibly becoming mainstream in maybe less than ten years.

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    Re: be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    Looks like a quality PSU, shame about the price.

    You can pick up Seasonic 850W platinum units for around £160, which are known for their extreme reliability.

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    Re: be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    Looked fantastic ..... until I saw the price

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    Re: be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    For that sort of money you could get a decent Platinum rated 1200W PSU. That's over-priced compared to the competition.

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    An interesting review, but it's missing a comparison to what I'd consider to be the titanium standard in PSUs - Seasonic. Considering that the price for this one also is higher (£240, vs $240 [£206 after conversion and adding 20% VAT] for the Seasonic 850W Titanium at my local brick-and-mortar), it's hard to be convinced that this one is the better option without some benchmarks showing an area where it's superior. The Seasonic also has a better 12-year warranty, and has lower power/price options at 750W ($200/£172 with VAT) and 650W ($160/£138 with VAT).

    Thus my overall conclusion (not being super familiar with CWT = Channel Well Technologies?) is that there's no reason to prefer this one, unless the Seasonic is not readily available in the UK. The Seasonic is cheaper and quite possibly better if you want Titanium efficiency, and Platinum options are also available for less.

    The chap who mentioned ATX12VO also has a point. By 2030, that will likely be the standard, likely considerably sooner. That impacts the value proposition of these long-lived PSUs.

    Still, I don't think they are bad options. I switched to Seasonic 2.5 years ago after my previous PSU failed, and its warranty goes till mid 2030. I highly doubt it will be current then, but it will likely still be working. The replacement lifecycle is also slowing down. I expect to build a new Ryzen system in 2022, and considering my current system dates from late 2011, it's entirely plausible I'll still be using that Ryzen system and Seasonic PSU in 2030. Even if I am not, I could sell it as a whole system to someone who would still be able to get use out of it, or the PSU could be sold as a replacement to be used in someone's retro Windows 7 gaming box. For anyone who needs an ATX PSU after they are largely discontinued, these high-reliability parts would be the preference.
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    Re: be quiet! Dark Power 12 (850W)

    Tarinder, why would you call this non-pro model the DPP12... Surely it should be the DP12, with the Pro being DPP12?

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