SilverStone Strider ST85F-GS 850W Power Supply

Just last year, SilverStone embarked on a mission to save all of us who have computer cases that won’t take a high watt power supply due to space concerns. Today they are continuing this quest by sending me their brand new Strider Gold S Series 850 watt unit, an 80 Plus Gold unit that somehow crams all 850 watts into a box only 150mm deep. Was this a good idea or not? We shall see.

SUPPLIED BY: SilverStone
PRODUCT: Strider ST85F-GS 850W
PROD LINK: Strider Product Page
PRICE: $159.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Hello, humanoids, and welcome to another episode of madness and mayhem here at Today, I’m reviewing a new power supply from SilverStone: the Strider Gold S series 850 watt model.

As you can see by the front of the box, this unit is part of SilverStone’s continuing attempts to give you the most power possible in the smallest housings. We first saw this trend from them about a year ago with the ST65F-G, a unit that managed full modularity and 650 watts in an enclosure only 140mm deep.

Well, SilverStone’s been pushing the envelope again, with this one only 150mm deep. I wonder how it will perform. The front of the box promises full power up to forty degrees, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, full modularity, and tight voltage regulation. We’ll see.

Predictably, there’s a lot of marketing on the box, but there’s not much we haven’t seen before. Aside from the claim that these are the first units to offer ribbon cabling on the 24 pin ATX cable, that is. I mean while it may be true that this unit could have been introduced first, at least at this here site we’ve seen it before with the likes of the Thermaltake DPS 850W and the Corsair RM650. Could be those companies beat SilverStone to the punch.

Also present on the box is this graphic of all the connectors present for both the 750W and 850W model. We’ll get into those on page two.

Hey, you know what? Article reads here at the site have gone down a bit lately. Since I want as many visitors as possible, I’m going to try something: I’m going to namedrop as many current high profile names and events as possible in the hope that the mere mention of them gets us an extra thousand hits on this review.

Insert Rob Ford crack here. That’s what he sai… never mind.

World’s smallest full modular? They may be right about that one. That 650W I looked at least year really was absurdly shallow for a power supply with its capacity.

Go, Roughriders!

Ah, yes… it’s always nice to be reassured that the color of the unit is the same as pictured. Otherwise, it could lead to nasty non-surprises.

The word “belieber” is not a krumulent word. Please embiggen yourself to stop using it, people.

It’s time to unpack our power supply, methinks. Either this will go well, or it will turn into one fantastic twerk-off.

Said nobody after every Miley Cyrus performance, ever.

Ok. We have a power supply, the usual SilverStone double manual treatment, a bag o’ goodies, some modular cables, a power cable, and a “do not eat this” silica gel bag.

Seriously, don’t eat that. You might be forced to deal with, and nobody wants that.

Instead of including a massive installation manual with this one, SilverStone just gives you a little leaflet with the basics on it. That’s ok with me… I’m more concerned with what’s in the spec manual anyway.

Rob For… oh, wait, I already mentioned him. Nuts… my lack of willingness to watch the news and keep up with trends is showing. Uh… let me think, here.

Lady Gaga. There we go.

The spec manual is, thankfully, as complete as you could ask for. I don’t think there’s a single thing they forgot to throw in here.


Here we have the contents of the goody bag. A few zip ties, a few velcro ties, and two bags of screws – knurled and regular.

I see you trying to sneak into the shot up there and tempt me, silica gel bag. I’m not falling for it.

I was going to try and slide a joke in here about “selfie” making it into the dictionary, but just thinking about that makes me want to puke pine cones and cacti, so I won’t.