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Review: be quiet! System Power 8 600W

by Tarinder Sandhu on 18 February 2016, 16:05

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Conclusion

Recommended to those of you whose budget concerns outweigh all-out performance.

The quality of entry-level PSUs is such that their physical and electrical performance is within the general ballpark of what we'd call premium power supplies. You lose modular cabling, hybrid fan modes, pure performance and sacrifice a longer warranty, but, and it's a big one, these kinds of PSUs are perfectly serviceable units for a mainstream build.

We'd be happy to install something like the be quiet! System Power 8 600W into a mainstream build, and many system integrators will choose to do exactly that, because value is so keen from a big-brand manufacturer. Backed by a three-year warranty and currently retailing at around the £40 mark, this is a supply aimed at PC enthusiasts who would rather put £25 of a £500 budget towards a bigger SSD or nicer chassis.

This is a bread and butter power supply backed by one of the most reputable PSU manufacturers around. Recommended to those of you whose budget concerns outweigh all-out performance.

The Good
 
The Bad
Solid performance for class of PSU
Three-year warranty
Rated at 40°C ambient
Competitive price
 
Low-load efficiency not great
Captive cables



be quiet! System Power 8 600W

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Good for a cheap build :D
Nah, I'd rather get a gold or platinum fully modular PSU. No point in spending peanuts on your PSU…
I remember spending similar on a 430w used bequiet years ago, if building the same machine now this would be a no brainer.
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Nah, I'd rather get a gold or platinum fully modular PSU. No point in spending peanuts on your PSU…

I've often been asked to build entire rigs on a £300 budget. Which fully-modular 80plus Platinum PSU do you recommend I use for such a build? ;)

More to the point it's nice to see a decent power supply for less than £10/100W. The 400W version could be very interesting indeed…
Given that a typically modern system would idle at 80W or so, an additional 25 watts is consumed at the wall if going for a PSU of this ilk..

I think the choice of a PSU should be based very much on its intended use. For a machine that is on 24/7 a premium PSU could save about £25 a year, £75 over the period of its warranty. If you only turn it on when you need it however, this appears to be much better value.