Once in a while, a product comes along with a name so awesome, I just have to sit down and review it. Today is one of those days. I was offered the chance to take a look at Kingwin's new 500 watt fanless 80 Plus Platinum Power supply, and when I found out it went by the name "Stryker" I was all over it.
You see, I am a big fan of action movies. Stryker sounds like the name of an action movie character to me. But there's a problem... characters named this way are almost never treated well. They're usually big, muscular fellas, perhaps with British or Australian accents. They are constantly seen with weapons the size of the Chrysler building, smoking cigars they just lit by striking a match on their beard stubble. And yet, despite the fact that they have more fighting experience than the rest of the team put together they somehow end up not making it to the end of the movie just because they aren't played by people with names like Stallone, Statham, or Owen.
Well, Stryker in this movie is being played by Superflower. I've looked at this platform before. Given the roll Superflower's been on lately, I think it may be time for Stryker to shine.
I'm sensing this whole "overclock version" thing is becoming a trend. Not really sure I like this... especially on a fanless unit. Yeah, this thing boasts Platinum efficiency and claims to still be able to do Gold at 600 watts, but when it comes to fanless units you can't always predict how Joe Q. Public is going to run them. Maybe he has his computer on top of a heating vent. Maybe he lives in a sauna. Maybe he's pulling his computer behind him on a sled through Antarctica. All of these conditions will place different demands on a fanless power supply.
And really... exceeding rated specs on a power supply isn't overclocking, anyway. It's overloading. There is no "clock" to "over" on a power supply. Well... there is, but not in the way they're alluding to.
This fanless power supply has features. Features that are strikingly similar to the Superflower version I linked to above. So, I'll leave you to study this picture while I take another gulp of Coca-Cola.
This fanless power supply has specifications. Specifications that are strikingly similar to the Superflower version I linked to above. So, I'll leave you to study this picture while I take another gulp of Coca-Cola.
You say I'm just phoning it in now? I resent that. I haven't picked up the phone in a good ten seconds.
It is time to unpack our power supply, methinks.
And here we are. A power supply, a bag of modular cables, a power cord, some screws, and a user guide.
Here's the user guide. Not a lot of useful information in there.
Predictably, the power supply itself looks a lot like the Superflower version. Except you can buy this one in North America.
Once again, the modular connectors have soft silicone caps on them. It's a nice touch, methinks, though the first thing I usually do with these is rip them all off and toss them in the box, never to be used again.
Being a fanless unit, this power supply has a lot of ventilation space. This is because like most other fanless units, this one relies on air movement from other case fans to keep cool.
Even the sides have lots of grille space.
A better look at the modular connector end.
A look at the top shows us that there are indeed ventilation holes in the thick aluminum top plate that serves as a heatsink for this unit.
Specifications are no different than the Superflower OEM model. The high power rating on the 12V side of things once again confirms the presence of voltage regulator modules for the minor voltage rails.
Kingwin Stryker 500W
Max Power @ 50°C
Even the cabling on this unit is unchanged from Superflower's. You get the same amount of connectors, and the lengths are identical.
Type of connector:
Kingwin Stryker 500W
ATX connector (565mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (620mm)
6 pin PCIe (570mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (+140mm)
6 pin PCIe (550mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (+110mm)
5.25" Drive (550mm+110mm+110mm)
3.5" Drive (+110mm)
5.25" Drive (+110mm+110mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
170mm x 150mm x 86mm
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