Be Quiet cranks its Straight Power PSUs to 11

The silence specialists at Be Quiet have incremented the Straight Power line of power supply units up to their eleventh iteration. The company equipped the updated PSUs with its own SilentWings 3 135-mm fans and says the upgraded models are its quietest power supplies to date. The Straight Power 11 power supplies are available in six different power capacities ranging from 450 W to 1000 W, and all models are rated 80 Plus Gold for efficiency.

All versions have fully-modular, flat, all-black cabling. Be Quiet says the Straight Power units use 105° C-rated Japanese capacitors and is proud of the cable-free design of the DC side of the PSU, touting that it results in better cooling airflow, reduced signal disturbance, and enhanced component longevity. Those claims might be tough to verify, but the inside of the PSU certainly has a cleaner look than most. The various models come with different cable configurations, culminating in the 1000 W model's arrangement of six eight-pin PCIe power connectors, two eight-pin motherboard power connectors, four four-pin Molex plugs, and 11 SATA connectors.

Be Quiet says the full Straight Power lineup is available for sale now, though the units don't appear to have popped up at TR favorite retailers Amazon and Newegg just yet. The least-powerful 450 W model is priced at $110 and the 1000 W range-topper will set buyers back $215. The manufacturer backs all models with a five-year warranty.

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    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Am I the only one disappointed there isn’t an 1100W straight power 11?

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    1000w for those folks with an FX-9590 and 4 Radeon 390X cards.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    Instead of 11, why not just make 10 louder?

      • captaintrav
      • 2 years ago

      This one goes to 11.

        • krazyredboy
        • 2 years ago

        Does it randomly explode into little green globules?

      • Growler
      • 2 years ago

      Sure they have a black unit, but can you get one none more black?

    • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
    • 2 years ago

    $110 for 450 W? 80+ Gold?

    I don’t understand what market this is targeting. There are much higher capacity similarly rated PSUs for less.

      • krazyredboy
      • 2 years ago

      Silence is golden, and gold is expensive!

        • freebird
        • 2 years ago

        That’s just “krazy” talk “boy”.

        • continuum
        • 2 years ago

        Platinum is even more expensive than Gold! 😛

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      I’d pay the higher price just to avoid RGB LEDs.

      • mudcore
      • 2 years ago

      Fully modular. It’s a bit more than other PSUs with similar specs but not insanely. Also, just look at the price spread on the lineup. Clearly they don’t think the 450W will be the volume mover, likely something in the 600W range which will have better perceived value. The 450W exists as a premium option for those who want it but don’t have a high draw use case.

        • Shobai
        • 2 years ago

        450W will be ample for the vast majority of PC users.

          • benedict
          • 2 years ago

          Midrange CPU – 65W
          Midrange GPU – 120-180W
          Everything else – 50W max

          A typical midrange pc should consume around 250W on average. My old pc had a 350W PSU and it’s been working perfectly for years. 450W is more than enough.

            • mudcore
            • 2 years ago

            Everyone knows guys. This is a higher end power supply line up that’s not meant for the average users. But rather people who are willing to pay a premium for features like full modularity and a better than average fan.

            Likewise, there’s more than just “is that enough” to consider with a PSU if you’re not on a strict budget. Noise levels, does it have a semi-fanless feature, will the load you put on it allow you to maximize such a feature or does your load fit into the most efficient range for the PSU, etc.

            Most users should just go buy a $60 SeaSonic or similar quality unit but less premium unit, there are plenty available. But this is why these companies have different lines with different feature sets….

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