Published on Monday, 23 June 2014 19:17
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With the rather recent appearance of 80 Plus Titanium certified power supply units in the market (some of which rated up to 1500W) hardcore overclockers and enthusiasts alike have found yet another reason to reach deep down their pockets for a brand new and rather costly upgrade. For good or bad the ultra-high-end power supplies cost quite a bit and in the end are mostly suited for use with really power hungry systems so casual consumers have really almost no need for something like that. On the other hand 80 Plus Bronze and Silver power supplies are far more affordable, feature quality components, come in both low and high power outputs and offer very good performance levels. For the past 2 days one such solution has been lying on our test bench, the Pure Power L8 700W (L8-700W) PSU by be quiet!
be quiet! is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. be quiet! products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany for five consecutive years *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions. be quiet! is awarded for five times in a row as manufacturer of the year in the power supply category by the readers of the well-known German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware. Another first and second rank in the categories “fans” and “cooler” underline the high acceptance of our products. be quiet! sticks to its name: Ten years’ experience in the field of noise reduction and silence make be quiet! products probably the most silent one on the market. Undoubted fans have a large impact of the noise levels of be quiet! products. Due we are using our specially developed Silent Wings fans in nearly all of our range. They are equipped with various noise reducing features. Thanks to these we ensure a really silent operation - our products reach the best balance between cooling performance and a virtually inaudible operation. If you choose be quiet! you can be sure to get premium quality and second to none silent operation from the quietness experts.
The Pure Power L8 line features several 80 Plus Bronze certified (up to 88% power conversion efficiency) power supply units and although it consists of both modular and classic (fixed cables) models the 700W variant which we have here with us is the later. This particular model features one of the latest 120mm SilentWings L8 fans by be quiet along with two independent +12V rails for improved power stability (deliver up to 91% of the units total output) and 4 PCI-E power connectors while it also brings support for Energy Star 5.2, ErP 2013, Intel Haswell platform and Intel’s Deep Power Down C6/C7 mode. Spec-wise the Pure Power L8 700W may not be something unique but it should prove more than just enough for its target audience, the how much more however is up to us to find out.