We’re taking a look at be quiet! again today. It’s been a little while since we last saw one of their units, and at the time it was one of their recent high-end designs. We quickly found out this company still knew what it was doing. But what about their more budget oriented units? Today’s 600 watt model is an 80 Plus Silver affair with modular cables. I can’t wait to see if it holds its own with the competition.
SUPPLIED BY: be quiet!
PRODUCT: Pure Power 10 600W CM
PROD LINK: be quiet!’s current offerings.
PRICE: $75.90 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
It’s not that often we see 80 Plus Silver anymore, is it? It’s almost become a myth in the retail market of North America, hasn’t it? Even when 80 Plus began expanding their certification program, relatively few models ever really targeted Silver. 80 Plus White was for the cheapest units, Bronze became the new mainstream, and Gold was the high end. But Silver? Oh, we got a few units here and there. It was rather easier for a while to do a Silver 1500 watt unit than Gold at that power level, but even up there we now have Gold, Platinum, and Titanium all over the place.
This is the first Silver unit we’ll have seen in quite some time, methinks. The last one? Well, I’m not sure. It’s been years, I think. I’ve had some rated Bronze (and unfortunately Golds) that cleared Silver since, but few actual Silvers. Until today. It’s pure. It’s powerful. It’s quiet. That’s right, it’s the be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W.
be quiet! has always kind of done their own thing in the market. With a primary focus on silence and reliability, performance has sometimes taken a back seat for them. I can’t remember the last time I saw one perform poorly, mind you, they’ve just never really chased the ultra high performance we’ve seen from other companies.
They’ve also still not bought into the whole “single 12V is better” myth, and I completely love them for it. Although, I will admit that going dual 12V in this size of a unit is pretty well illogical. Usually, if you’re going to have an issue with a single 12V model, it’s going to be with a unit powerful enough to arc weld with.
Three-year warranty? That could stand a little lengthening, though. Three years is pretty much industry standard, however, for the not so high-end units out there. I have no problem with that unless the fan sucks.
I don’t care to look at the box all day, so let’s start the unpacking now. As is usually the case with one of the more downscale units, packing protection is minimal for this box. Just a small layer of bubble wrap around the unit.
We have a power supply, power cable, user guide, some modular cables, and a bag with screws and zip ties.
The user guide is quite decent for this unit, giving max operating temp as being forty degrees.