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Is Dark Power 13 Pro now a bad choice due to 12VHPWR obsolescence?

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(@brisk)
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Hi,

With respect to https://hwbusters.com/news/how-to-select-a-new-psu-now-with-the-12vhpwr-upcoming-change/, would you advise me against buying the Dark Power Pro 13 series 1600W PSU?

It does have two 12VHPWR connectors, and I wanted to be as future-proof as possible.

Which titanium or platnium PSUs would you recommend instead?

Thank you for your time and advice.

 


   
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(@crmaris)
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Nope it is not a bad choice, since the new cables will be backward compatible with 12VHPWR. 


   
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@crmaris Thank you very much for responding to me. Sorry, I am hoping you might be willing to expand a little bit further on your initial response to me since I am obviously very confused.

Also I have this PSU and am pretty nervous that I made a bad decision. I haven't removed the shrinkwrap yet and can return it.

 

You wrote the following:

 

1) "The 12+4 pin cable won’t have any changes on the PSU side IF the manufacturers and brands avoided using 12+4 pin connections on the PSU’s modular panel (something that Corsair did, for example). If they used 12+4 sockets on the PSU side, then this change will also affect this side. According to my sources, there is backward compatibility, but this is something that is not 100% confirmed yet. "

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2) "So my advice to you, if you want to be as future-proof as it gets, if you need to buy a new PSU this period, get one with 2x 8pin sockets on its modular panel, for the 12VHPWR cable, instead of a 12+4 pin socket."

 

A. I thought backwards compatibility isn't 100% confirmed?

 

B. Am I incorrect in thinking the Dark Power 13 Pro 1600W doesn't meet this criteria in point number 2 above?

I appreciate that I won't have the enhanced protection with the 12VHPWR connectors on the PSU side. So wouldn't it be advisable, as you wrote, to get a new PSU with 2x8 pin sockets instead?

 

3) Also, someone else wrote, "the new version will have different specifications with adjusted sustained power metrics that may require changes to the firmware in power supplies or graphics cards." https://videocardz.com/newz/nvidia-working-on-an-updated-12v-2x6-power-connector-with-improved-safety

C. If a new firmware update is required on the PSU side, would that not that be difficult for owners of Dark Power Pro 13 PSUs to perform?

 

Again, thank you very much for taking the time to respond and for your consideration.

 

 


   
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Sorry, I meant to ask instead for question C, "If a new firmware update is required on the PSU side, would that not be difficult for owners of Dark Power Pro 13 PSUs to perform?"

I'm not permitted to edit my post at this time.

 

 


   
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backward compatibility is confirmed. New data came to light yesterday. 

 

2) Yes, correct. But I guess be quiet! will soon update it with the new connector

3) PSU side, nothing is required from firmware etc for the moment


   
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Posted by: @crmaris

 PSU side, nothing is required from firmware etc for the moment

Requiring a potential firmware update is my biggest concern at the moment, especially since I'm not in Europe and would likely need to pay to ship the PSU to California in the event an update is required.

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to me, and thank you for helping so many others.

 

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@crmaris isnt the new connector a whole new one? The 12v2x6 is physically different isnt it?


   
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@bladeswordmaster06 they have some differences from 12VHPWR header. The cable remains exactly the same, though!


   
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