It’s been a little while since we last saw a SilverStone unit come to the lab, but the wait is now over. Recently, SilverStone refreshed their ST75F-GS unit by cramming the same number of jiggawatts into a housing even smaller than the previous version did. Let’s find out how it performs.
SUPPLIED BY: SilverStone
PRODUCT: Strider Gold ST75F-GS v2
PROD LINK: ST75F-GS v2 Product Page
PRICE: $129.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Who’s ready for another power supply review? Well, if not, you’re in the wrong place because that’s all I’m here to do today. Right now, we’re going to have a look at the SilverStone Strider Gold S series again with the model you see in the shot above. The last time I saw one of the Strider Gold S units, it was when I reviewed the 1500W model, in which SilverStone attempted to do the impossible by cramming a ton of power into a housing smaller than we normally for such units.
Like that massive unit from last year, this here 750 watt model seeks to do much the same thing: put 750 watts into a smaller space than we’re used to. It’s 80 Plus Gold, it can run full power to forty degrees, it’s fully modular, and it’s only 140 mm deep.
Like the front of the box, the other sides of the cardboard have some marketing. On the back panel, SilverStone again makes a big deal of the shallow housing. And it is indeed kind of a big deal… as SilverStone has traditionally taken a more laid back approach to performance, they needed to do something to differentiate themselves from the competition. Throwing a lot of watts into a package other vendors can’t match is certainly one way to do that.
I see a lot of mentions about fan silence on this here box, but so far haven’t seen much about what type of fan is being used. We’ll check that out before the review is done.
Power supplies usually come with cables, and this one is no exception. Here are the types of cables the box claims we’re getting. Wait… Berg connectors? Noooooooooooooooo! They better not be wired to the main cables, else I’m scoring against them.
The marketing train rolls through all sides of this box, doesn’t it?
Well, there’s our load table. I’m seeing plenty of juice on the 12V rail, so it appears we’re getting a nice VRM based design with this unit where the 12V rail powers nearly every output via voltage regulator modules. It’s basically the modern version of independent voltage regulation, able to power even zero loads on various rails without major consequences.
Let’s pop this unit out of the box and see what’s in there.
I’ve got some modular cables, a power cord, a power supply, some accessories in a bag, and the usual two manual SilverStone treatment.
We’re going to skip having a look at the manuals. SilverStone remains at the top of the heap for documentation – anything you want to know is in one or the other.
Two sets of screws (one set knurled), some velcro cable ties, and some zip ties come with the unit. Accessories are good, and these are good accessories.