Reviews - Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W
Sample Provided by: SilverStone (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Feb-14-2010)

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Welcome once again to another exciting episode of "As the Power Supply Hums." On our last episode, we looked at an Enermax unit who was having an affair with the 80 Plus Gold program, while my SunMoon SM-268 conspired to destroy it. This week, I plan to feed a Silverstone Strider Plus to my lab gear. Will we finally see the SunMoon succeeding in its dastardly plan to bring about the destruction of a promising young power supply, or will said power supply escape a grisly fate indeed and go on to marry the good review of its dreams?

Guys, this whole soap opera theme doesn't look like it's going to work all the way through the review for me. I have some Zest on the desk, and I'm playing a Pavarotti CD, but I'm just not feeling it. I'll just go ahead and review the Silverstone ST1000-P the way I usually do it. Here are some box pictures.

Unparalleled combinations of efficiency and flexibility are promised by our box of the day, as well as 80 Plus Silver efficiency. There are a number of marketing points to mention on this side of the box, and they are a bit hard to read, so I'll reprint them for you:

  • 100% modular cables
  • Efficiency 85%-88% at 20%-100% loading
  • Class-leading single +12V rail
  • Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
  • Japanese main capacitors
  • Silent running 135mm fan
  • PCI-E 8pin and PCI-E 6pin connectors support
  • Support ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V
  • Active PFC
  • 24hour continuous power output with 40°C operating temperature

Elsewhere on the box, we find this here array of fancy graphs and tables. I don't know about you, but I am especially entranced with the ripple graph that has no scale markings whatsoever for us to figure out what we're looking at. What's v/div on this graph? 0.05 volts? 0.1 volts? There's no way to tell. This could be 30mV of ripple or 300mV ripple for all we know. And on what rail? 12V? 5V? I'll check this out for myself with my own scope soon enough. Meantime, on to more box pictures.

On this side of the box, we get a list of connector counts for each of the three Strider Plus models.

And on this side, we get some specifications as well as Silverstone's familiar reassurance that we in fact are getting a black power supply.

On the back of the box, we get hammered with a few more marketing points for all Strider Plus models in multiple languages:

  • 1000W 24hour continuous power output with 40°C operating temperature
  • 1100W peak power
  • 100% modular cables
  • Efficiency 85%-88% at 20%-100% loading
  • Class-leading single +12V rail with 80A (peak 85A)
  • Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
  • Japanese main capacitors
  • Silent running 135mm fan
  • Dual EPS 8pin connectors support
  • Four PCI-E 8pin and six PCI-E 6pin connectors support
  • Support ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V
  • Active PFC

A lot of these are the same as the points we saw on the front of the box, so there are few surprises here. While there are peak numbers given here, I have to say one thing about them... on a unit rated for only forty degree operating temps at full power, how useful are these numbers? I have a shaky relationship with peak numbers at the best of times, and I must confess that Silverstone seems to be putting the cart before the horse a little bit here. Would it not be better to get this puppy to do full power at fifty degrees first, and then maybe concentrate on peak numbers?

I think os. That is, I think so. My OS thinks so as well. But sadly, I still don't have a SO to think about OS's too. I'll just unpack the box now before my lame joke gets any lamer.

Here are the contents of the box. A power supply, a bunch of modular cables, a power cable, not one but two bags of cables ties (both plastic and velcro) and screws, and two manuals.

The two manuals are pictured here. One is an installation manual, while the other is a spec manual. This will be familiar to owners of most Silverstone high end units.

Silverstone's usual approach to finishing their units is matte black, and this unit is no exception. I love me some matte black, as you well know.

In this shot, you can see the modular cable connectors as well as two stickers proclaiming Silverstone's adherence to the Ultra Products modular cable patent.

As is common for most Enhance based high power units, this unit has no power switch. No status LED, either. The exhaust grille looks crammed full of parts and heatsinks - one hopes that this unit is well cooled in spite of this.

Here, we're looking straight on at that 135mm fan. The label suggests that it is made by Young Lin Tech.

And here we have a spec label. It is good to see that this unit is rated for a capable 80A on the single 12V rail. This should enable the unit to power three decent video cards, and maybe even three indecent ones instead. Just make sure to put some clothes on those indecent cards when you see the cops come around. We wouldn't want to see you go to jail now, would we?

Silverstone ST1000-P

+3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
30A 30A 80A 0.3A 3.5A
Max Power 180W 960W 3.6W 17.5W
1000W

A closer look at the modular cable panel. A distinctive and, to my eyes, very nice blue color denotes which of these connectors is for the video card PCI-E cables. As this unit is fully modular, even the ATX cable gets a connector here.

Speaking of the modular cables, here they are. Some are long, some are short. Wait, what are those little bulges on those PCI-E cables? Let's go in for a closer look.

Hmm... looks like the PCI-E cables each swallowed a capacitor. Let's look at a table of the cables and their lengths, and then we'll get started with the load testing.

Type of connector: Silverstone
ST1000-P
Modular Cables
ATX connector (550mm) 20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (560mm, 750mm) 2
SATA (500mm+250mm+250mm) 6
5.25" Drive (510mm+250mm+250mm) 6
3.5" Drive (+150mm) 2
6+2 pin PCIe (560mm) 4
6 pin PCIe (+150mm) 2
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm

 

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