By now, you guys have probably noticed a pattern going on with my reviews lately. Week after week since December, I seem to be testing mostly thousand watt units. Yes, the stars have aligned in such a way as to provide me with several big 1kW units with close to the same load specs on them. I do have some smaller units in the pile, and at least one bigger unit, but I figured I might as well compare apples to apples for a while.
And so, I continue today with another apple - the Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 1000 watt unit. How will it compare against the Seasonic? The Enermax? The XFX? The Kingwin? The Thortech? We shall see.
For one thing, this unit is not an 80 Plus Platinum unit like some of the others I've looked at lately... it's certified Gold instead. This doesn't mean performance will suffer, merely that it is probably less efficient. I say probably, because that Enermax unit came in and proceeded to lay down a whupping on the Platinum units at the 10% load level. I'm curious to see if this unit can manage the same feat. Meantime, we do need to get some box and product pictures out of the way first. Oh, wait - I guess the bullet points are already starting in the above picture.
Let's see... 80 Plus Gold... yeah, I kind of figured, what with the big logo on the front. Ultra silent 135mm air penetrator... now, hold on here. This is a family website! Magnetized fan filter included... ah, cool. Not too many companies throw in a fan filter - that's a nice touch. Rated to operate at full power at forty degrees - nice, but not quite competitive with those rated to fifty. Class leading single 12V rail. Wait, how is this class leading? Maybe they mean in total power output. We'll see about that later. Strict voltage regulation with low ripple and noise... I should hope so.
Hmm... peak power: 1100W. Am I going to put that to the test? No. Buy an 1100W power supply if you need 1100 watts, people. "Peak power" usually means it'll do that for small periods of time. Like, a second or two at most. That number is there for marketing, folks. I'm load testing this unit for what it is... a 1000 watt power supply.
For more information, please visit our website. I'm glad they told me this part of the box was in multiple languages. I might have wasted hours complaining that it was all Greek to me, when in fact only a small part of it is literally Greek to me.
On this side of the box, we get a big gold table featuring all the units in the series. They all have a peak number next to them. Oh, look - the "class leading" single 12V rail of this unit has an 83A rating. That's not class leading, that's class following. You know which other units have a single 83A 12V rail? The Kingwin, the XFX, and the Seasonic I just reviewed. Even the Enermax is rated at 83A combined. Silverstone should have thrown in that extra four watts to get it to an even thousand on the 12V rail. I mean, it's not like they're shy about throwing in peak numbers, and four watts is nothing to the 12V rail on a unit like this.
Here, we find a list of cables and connectors. Very helpful. Say, does this mean I can slack off on the cable table later? I can't? Oh, you guys are no fun.
Lots of marketing on this here box panel. Again, it's nice they included a fan filter for the unit. I wish more companies would do that, and not rely on people's cases to do it. Many cases don't have a fan filter for the front panel, let alone the power supply.
Ah, good - unpacking time.
Here we have the box contents. Two manuals, some velcro cable ties, some zip ties, some knurled chrome screws, some black standard screws, a fan filter, a power cord, some modular cables, and a power supply.
Once again, Silverstone is the king of documentation. Nobody does it better than these guys. Above, you see the installation manual.
Here, you see the spec manual. This thing is so in depth that it tells you how to test ripple according to the ATX spec. A few trees probably die every minute to give Silverstone all the paper needed to print these manuals, but I don't mind. Better too much information than too little.
And now a look at our fully modular power supply of the moment. Matte black - nice.
The exhaust grille has no power switch. From the looks of the heatsinks inside, I can already tell we're dealing with an Enhance built unit. Cool. I like Enhance.
The fan from straight on, and we can see a rather freaky looking grille on the inside facing the heatsinks.
Here's the one side that has any decoration on it, which turns out to be the label. I'd zoom in on the load specs, but there's no point wasting dozens of calories on that when I can just throw in a table.
Max Power @ 40 °C
Yep, the single 12V rail is, once again, 83A. You know what this means? My progressive load tests will be set up the same way I've been testing all these units with 83A 12V capacities. I'll change the crossload tests and alter the 5VSB loads because they've all been different there, but for the most part this unit will get the exact same test regimen the others got.
The modular connectors. I like the label that tells us what each connector is for. And no, you cannot plug the CPU cables into the PCI-E connectors. They are not interchangeable, and the connectors are incompatible.
Here are the modular cables now. While I would like to see Silverstone tossing in a velcro bag or something to keep these in, I'd... GOOD LORD!!! THEY LISTENED TO ME!!!
Folks, I... that is... I want to... SWEEEEEEEEEET! Ok, calm down Wolfie, your readers want to know what you're flipping out over. Ok... here goes. I can do this... just one word... at a time.
They've... stopped... with the... extra long cable... segments between... SATA connectors and... Molexes. Yes, that's right people. No more 250mm stretches of cable between connectors. 'Tis a glorious day indeed!
Type of connector:
ATX connector (540mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (750mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (550mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (+150mm)
5.25" Drive (610mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+150mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
180mm x 150mm x 86mm
But what's with the different lengths of the two modular CPU cables? I suppose that could prove useful - use the short one if the long one is too long - but what if you need two long ones? Ok, ok, that's rather unlikely. Not many boards need both cables. Overall, I guess I have no complaints here. The unit could do with another string of SATA connectors, but eight is still way more than I've ever needed.
Before we go on, I do have to complain some. See, the PCI-E cables have extra capacitors in them, concealed in heatshrink tubing. Fairly large ones. You can see them in the picture above. Those are going to cause problems with cable management for some people. That said, it is very good that they put those in near the end that goes into the power supply. I'd hate to think of the wiring nightmare that would come about had these gone into the end that plugs into the video card.
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