be quiet! reveals Dark Power Pro 13: Fully digital ATX 3.0 power supply
be quiet!, the German manufacturer for premium PC components, introduces the Dark Power Pro 13 series. This successor to the award-winning Dark Power Pro 12 series presents a future-proof way to update your system by offering full ATX 3.0 compatibility for next-generation PCIe 5.0 graphics cards, and comes in two wattage classes: 1300 and 1600 watt. Dark Power Pro 13 features an extraordinary 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency, a frameless fan with full mesh fan grill, and fully digital regulation of PFC, LLC, and SR with full bridge topology. An overclocking key lets users combine the six 12V rails into one with high power output, ideal for overclocked processors or graphics cards. All these features are rounded off with a premium design, including fully modular, single sleeved cables and a stunning aluminum case, making this PSU the perfect choice for current and future high-end systems.
Future-proof thanks to full ATX 3.0 support
Dark Power Pro 13 includes full support for the ATX 3.0 standard, which adapts the power specifications defined by PCI Express 5.0. Compared to ATX 2.X, which supports high load peaks but does not define a maximum above the nominal power of the power supply, ATX 3.0 defines clear target values – specifically, the PCIe connection for the graphics card must allow load changes of up to three times the power consumption. Dark Power Pro 13 is designed to handle these extreme transient loads with ease. ATX 3.0 power supplies with 450 watts or more also require a new 12VHPWR connector, which is able to deliver significantly more power. Both< Dark Power Pro 13 models support up to 600 watts of power on the two available 12VHPWR connectors, while also offering six ‘traditional’ PCIe 6+2 connectors for full graphics card compatibility.
Titanium efficiency and digital regulation
Even though the wattages have been raised from its predecessor – from 1200 to 1300 watt and from 1500 to 1600 watt – Dark Power Pro 13 effortlessly provides an efficiency of up to 94.5 percent with 80 PLUS Titanium certification, with a standby drain of less than 0.1 watts. be quiet! achieves this high efficiency factor by implementing a fully digital control of the powerful “Full Bridge + LLC” topology, resulting in lower ripple noise and excellent power regulation, especially when compared to analog or semi-digital solutions that only implement a digital PFC. Dark Power Pro 13 exclusively relies on premium components to minimize coil whine and other unwanted noise that are often induced by the extreme load changes of modern graphics cards, while long-lasting Japanese 105°C capacitors guarantee maximum reliability.
Silent Wings fan for optimal component cooling
To make sure the high-end components in Dark Power Pro 13 are optimally cooled even under extreme load, be quiet! relies on its frameless Silent Wings fan, placed directly under a full mesh grill and surrounded by a funnel-shaped air intake for optimal air circulation and best-in-class cooling. The fan has a low startup rotational speed and operates virtually inaudible under low-to-medium load scenarios, negating the need to constantly stop and start the fan as such semi-passive solutions often place unnecessary stress on the fan components.
Extensive feature set
Dark Power Pro 13 supports an overclocking key, which allows users to switch the power supply from multi-rail mode to single-rail mode with the flick of a switch. This increases the PSU’s stability under extreme overclocking conditions. To match the high-quality components inside the power supply unit, Dark Power Pro 13 features an aluminum housing that elevates the appearance of this power supply series to the highest level. In addition, Dark Power Pro 13 offers a set of modular, single-sleeved black cables and matching cable combs to add to its premium appearance. Thanks to its high component quality and innovative cooling design, be quiet! is able to offer a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Dark Power Pro 13 will be available in retail from May 23 at a suggested retail price of $459.90 / £449.99 / €449.90 (1600W) or $419.90 / £409.99 / €409.90 (1300W).