The increasingly popular German hardware manufacturer be quiet! has announced its latest series in its ever-growing power supply line-up, the Dark Power Pro 12. Equipped with fully digital hardware and 80 PLUS Titanium certification, the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 power supplies will be available in capacities of 1200 and 1500 W with the ability to combine its multiple rails into one rail for overclocked processors and graphics cards.

According to be quiet!, the new Dark Power Pro 12 power supplies provide efficiency of up to 94.9%, which falls into the 80 PLUS Titanium certification range, with a fully digital design including the full bridge, LLC, SR, and DC/DC componentry. The Dark Power Pro 12 series builds upon the success of its previous 11 series with the use of its overclocking key, which combines the units six multiple rails into one rail for better stability when overclocking.

The be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 series is using a full mesh PSU front for optimal airflow, with a 135 mm Silent Wings cooling fan designed to keep it cooled efficiently, but with less noise with a maximum dBA of 31.5 at 100% load for the 1500 W model, and just 25.8 dBA for the 1200 W model under the same conditions. Both the 1500 W and 1200 W models are the same size, with dimensions of 200 x 150 x 86 mm (L x W x H), and both share a fully-modular design with seventeen cables supplied with both units. All of be quiet!'s Dark Power Pro 12 power supplies come with a 10-year manufacturer's warranty.

The Dark Power Pro 12 series will be available to purchase from the 8th September, with an MSRP of $449/£420/€439 for the 1500 W model, and $399/$370/€389 for the 1200 W variant.

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  • frbeckenbauer - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    Weird decision to go with a mesh instead of the classic finger prevention grill. Airflow should be worse, not better, and I already have a conveniently removeable and cleanable mesh in my case to keep dust out of the PSU.
  • Operandi - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    That and it would only get worse over time as the mesh gets blocked off with dust, pet hair and whatever else makes it past your case filters. And you'll never know since the PSU is almost always on the bottom of the case with the intake facing down.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    If pet hair makes it past your case's filters, those filters aren't doing their job, and a mesh like this should be a worthwhile addition. I don't disagree with you beyond that, but at least make your arguments realistic please.
  • Operandi - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    I'm not going to argue airflow and pet hair cause thats dumb. Point being filters don't catch everything and there is just no reason to put a mesh filter in a location that won't be easily accessible to be cleaned.
  • FLHerne - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    This is a much coarser mesh than a case filter, there really shouldn't be anything that size getting in.

    ..and the alternative would be the same stuff getting stuck to the *inside* components of the PSU, which is even less accessible.
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - link

    Most people that own pets are willing to accept less clean and sanitary living conditions due to parasites and fecal matter in their surroundings along with the extra $1K+ per year in expenses they entail. I'm not sure the interior of a computer matters much at that point since they already tend to live in relatively unhealthy conditions (worse if they have a dog that goes in and out constantly - yuck!).
  • Valantar - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    Yeah, that's a bit odd, though judging by the top photo it is allowing them to take in air from a much larger (wider) area than a conventional wire grille. I would still expect reduced airflow compared to a conventional 135mm fan with a wire grille, but it might not be that much worse. The mesh looks relatively open too. But this is clearly a "premium design" play, not a functionality play.
  • ZoZo - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    Indeed, you would expect an AnandTech writer to react to a statement as daring as "using a full mesh PSU front for optimal airflow" when mesh hinders airflow compared to the classic grill, and has zero purpose for just about every target customer of that product because they already have a case with dust filters for the PSU intake.
    This article must have been sponsored.
  • ZoZo - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    In fact I'm planning to buy a powerful PSU for a future upgrade, and I was eyeing the Corsair offerings. I was happy to find a possible alternative until I read about the mesh thing, which makes me still lean towards Corsair.
  • Beaver M. - Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - link

    As you can see on the pictures, its easily removable. I wish the finger guard of the old one was.

    I am over this dust filter BS. After extensive tests I concluded that they impede air flow and thus raise temperatures much more than they are worth.

    I just clean my PC every 6 months with compressed air. That way I can also run negative pressure, which is MUCH better for temperatures.

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