be quiet! Pure Power 9 700W Power Supply

We’re looking into another be quiet! unit today with the new Pure Power 9 700 watt model. This is an 80 Plus Silver model featuring dual 12V outputs that is intended for the penny pinchers out there. Let’s find out if it’s got what it takes to get our money.

SUPPLIED BY: be quiet!
PRODUCT: Pure Power 9 700W
PROD LINK: be quiet!’s current offerings.
PRICE: £82.99 @ Novatech
Price is at the time of testing!

Intro: I’d like to welcome you to another power supply review experience. Today, we’re looking at yet another example of be quiet!’s power supply acumen in the industry. Or, at least we could be. I still don’t know be quiet!’s full range of offerings too well. As we saw with the Dark Power Pro 11 850W, they do have the capability to put out some fantastic high-end units indeed. But what about the not so high-end stuff? Is it all top notch gear, or will reality prove otherwise?

Well, reality used to be a friend of mine so we’re going to find out. Certainly, the box makes a few promises already, claiming this unit is “essential.” Boasting things like exceptionally quiet operation, superior reliability, high efficiency; we’re definitely seeing the marketing writing some checks already. But what happens when we try to cash those checks? Will we need to make use of the three-year warranty?

Wait… three years? That’s all? That’s the bare minimum I expect to see on anything decent. A paper doll comes with that much warranty. Let’s see what other promises the box makes.

Let’s see… German quality, German passion, innovative engineering, premium materials… yeah. Not too surprising, and be quiet! does have some license to brag about that stuff given what we saw with the Dark Power Pro 11 units. Other things we can divine from this side of the box: the unit is semi-modular, is 80 Plus Silver certified and uses active clamp forward converter topology.

You know, I think this is the first Silver certified unit I’ve seen come to the lab in quite some time. I can’t remember the last one. Kind of makes me want to go outside and serenade a rainbow, so other companies will stop forgetting that Silver certification is a thing I prefer to Bronze. What do you mean, that sentence doesn’t make sense? I’m a card-carrying member of the Eccentric Western Writer’s Society or EWWWS, so I’m allowed to not make sense. No, I’m not going to show you the card, either.

What’s the extra W for? Walruses, that’s what. Hey, what did I just say about making sense?

It’s time to do some unboxing, isn’t it? Looks like there’s not a whole lot to this one… just some cardboard with some bubble wrap around the power supply. We’re definitely not dealing with be quiet!’s upper crust of units, are we? That’s fine, though. The world of power supplies doesn’t run on only high-end units. If it did, gutless wonders would be a thing of the past.

We have a power supply, some modular cables, a European power cord, a user guide, and a bag of goodies.

The manual is excellent, telling us everything we need to know about this unit right down to the C6/C7 support. This is not a high-end unit, so I hope the numbers agree with that part of things later… a lot of not so high-end units still use group regulation to save costs. These, while they can be made compatible with the lopsided loads those sleep states present, aren’t really the best way to go. Compatibility is more often than not a kludge with them, whereas VRM based designs support those sleep states by their very nature.

There’s not much to the accessories bag of this unit. Just a few screws and some zip ties. This would leave us wanting on a high-end unit, but this is not a high-end unit so I’m satisfied for now.

On to the next page while I sip some Vanilla Coke to keep me on the right side of comatose.