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be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W Power Supply Review

Author:Paul Johnson

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Tuesday , June 27, 2017

This may come as a shock to you, but be quiet! power supplies are all about...wait for it...exceptionally quiet operation. However that is not the only virtue the Pure Power 10 series extols. be quiet tells us that this PP10 has "peerless dependability" and "best-in-class features." Let's see if we can set it on fire!
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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.

The packaging of the be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W is fairly basic and clean. Front and center, we see a picture of the included unit followed by a bit of advertising. Among this advertising we see that the Pure Power 10 600W is covered by a 3 year warranty (which is on the shorter end of what we see these days from most vendors). We also so an 80 Plus Silver seal in the top corner and when we check the 80 Plus website we do indeed find this unit certified. Beyond that, we don't see a lot about this unit on the front other than the band that lists "essential" which is part of be quiet!'s market placement of this unit as a mainstream product rather than a high end one. When we flip to the rear of the packaging, we find a bit of advertising as well as the power table (reproduced below) and the cable count (reproduced below) which also gives us the length of the included cables (a nice touch). A number of these advertising points are simply the ones we saw on the front replicated here with a bit more explanation. Looking at the sides of the packaging simply turns up the same advertising but in a variety of languages which makes sense for a European-centric brand. Although, I would love for some one to do packaging on a product meant for US distribution in multiple US dialects some time just for shits and giggles.

The power information for the be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W is a bit different from what we have become accustomed to seeing from modern units in a couple of ways. First, the Pure Power 10 600W is advertised as a dual 12v rail unit with a total 12v capacity of 48A or ~96% of the unit’s total possible capacity (if necessary) which is a bit lower than what we have seen from other 600W units. When we look at the minor rails, we see that we have an individual capacity of 25A on the 3.3v rail and 18A on the 5v rail. These values are bit interesting as the 3.3v rail in particular looks a bit skewed. On top of that, the unit has a total capacity of 140W combined on the minor rails which is rather large for modern units. Paired with this, kind of odd, power distribution we find four PCIe connectors, six SATA connectors, and three Molex connectors. This is a bit interesting as the peripheral connector counts here are a bit leaner than what we have seen from a number of other 600W units recently. Generally speaking though, this arrangement will probably get the job done for most modern systems and it does include 4 PCIe connectors so you can run multiple graphics cards. Secondly, we see that the way the 12v rails are split today puts 2 PCIe connectors on each rail and then splits either the EPS or the peripheral/motherboard connector off with the other. That said, I think be quiet! may have this a bit backwards as 12v1 has a capacity of 32A but it is pairing PCIe connectors with the peripheral connectors instead of pairing PCIe connectors with the EPS connector. This means we are leaving the EPS and a pair of PCIe connectors with just 28A to split among themselves on 12v2 doesn't seem like the best plan.

Once we open the Pure Power 10 600W, we find the power supply, modular cables, mounting screws, some zip-ties, the power cord, and the user manual. The user manual that comes with the Pure Power 10 600W is 51 pages long in 6 languages. In these 51 pages we get the power information for all of the members of the Pure Power 10 series, the pinouts, the rail distribution, cable counts, cable lengths, some other electrical specifications, some installation instructions, some trouble shooting bits, and the warranty information. Indeed, this all makes the documentation that we get today with the Pure Power 10 600W some of the best we have seen in a good long time! That is a very nice surprise especially since this is a mainstream product and not a real high end one. So, thank you be quiet!. Let's move on now to the unit itself and we see what we get there.