Aside some new color additions to its cases, be quiet! had only one new release to show off at CES this year. The fresh Pure Power 9 line is made by FSP and consists of four models with capacities ranging from 400 W to 700 W. There will be two versions of these units, one with semi-modular cables and one with all-fixed cables. The modular units will hit store shelves in March 2016, while the more budget-friendly, non-modular models will be launched a little later, in June 2016.
The FSP platform that is behind the Pure Power 9 units utilizes an Active Clamp Reset Forward (ACRF) topology, which besides higher efficiency (80 PLUS Silver) also offers improved performance, allowing at the same time for lower output noise thanks to the decreased energy losses. Moreover, the new platform promises increased reliability. There are two +12V rails, and all cables are stealth, featuring darkened gauges and black connectors. In addition, be quiet! increased the number of available SATA connectors and made longer 24-pin ATX and EPS cables, in an effort to increase compatibility with larger, full-tower chassis.
The warranty of all new Pure Power models will be three years long, and according to be quiet!, all protection features will be available (OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP and SCP). Finally, one of the most significant part changes is the new fan, which is a be quiet! model belonging to the SilentWings line, has a 120 mm diameter. This is a high quality fan with a really long lifetime (300,000 hours at 25°C, according to be quiet!), featuring a rather silent operation. The prices of the new Pure Power 9 models will match the ones of the previous models, and in some cases they will be even lower. This means increased performance per buck ratios, which are of high importance, especially into the mid-range category.
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Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Power Supplies. Follow us on Twitter @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.