Five years. That's how long it's been, people, since I reviewed the last 1500W unit released from Silverstone, the ST1500. While that unit was an excellent one back in the day, it's grown rather long in the tooth; and I for one have been wondering when Silverstone was going to get around to freshening things up with a new higher efficiency version of that unit. Well, the wait is over, for we now get to feast our eyes on the brand new Strider Gold 1500 model.
And right away, it seems we're off to a good start. Fully modular, 80 Plus Gold. I like it. But the unit also apparently claims up to 1600W of peak power. I don't test peak numbers, as they're usually pure marketing, but most of these huge units do likely have an extra bit of gas in the tank once the limiting factor becomes the circuit breaker back in the panel in your utility room.
That said, the front of the box also says this unit is only good for full power at forty degrees. That's low for a unit expected to push 1600 watts. Really low. So, I'm going to go ahead and tell you not to count on that number as we move on to some more box shots.
There's not too much marketing on the back of the box, and most of it just repeats what we already saw on the front in other languages. They really are bragging about the shallowness of this unit, aren't they? Well, to be fair, Silverstone's been doing pretty well in getting power supplies to shrink lately and still be decent units. Could be they did it again. That said, remember the MaxRevo 1500W? The Lepa G1600? Those were also 180mm deep. Silverstone's not the first to put this much power in that shallow a housing.
Power supplies often come with cables and connectors, I find. Silverstone says this one comes with a whopping sixteen SATA connectors and eight PCI-E connectors. There's also a strange new connector called an "MB." I can only assume that's tech speak for Muppet Butterfly. No? Mighty Broccoli?
Ugh... two floppy connectors. I can only hope Silverstone did the right thing and put them on adapters, instead of adding them to the main modular cables.
Ah, good... Silverstone has once again added specifications that give us the color of the unit. You're just never sure going by box pictures alone.
Hmm... these specifications say we're dealing with a dual 12V unit today. At 1500 watts? Really? The trip points are likely to be so high on this unit it might as well be single 12V. Knowing Silverstone, they have that information printed in the documentation somewhere. Good thing, too, because I am not equipped to easily find a trip point over 70A, and trying to pull that much power through one modular cable is asking for magic smoke. The "ohmygod, get the fire extinguisher" kind of magic smoke.
I liked the rail distribution on the original ST1500. Eight way protection with decent trip points is a good way to go on units this size. Make it switchable, and you can cater to the people who really want the single 12V experience too. But really... remember my AX1500i? It's running a six card mining rig right now. Six video cards. With the multi-rail enabled. It will always be enabled. I've said it before and I'll say it again - do multi-way correctly, and it will never be a problem.
And I've been watching the forums. The misinformation is still out there. "My rig reboots itself, I think the multi-rail is to blame." No, it isn't. Overcurrent protection shuts down the PSU. Completely. "My rig hangs in games, I think the multi-rail is to blame." Nope. Again, it's basically a circuit breaker inside the PSU. Either it lets the unit run or it shuts the unit down for protection. You might as well blame your circuit breakers back in the panel for your instability, that's as much sense as it makes. "My rig keeps shutting down when I crank up my R9 295x2, I think the multi-rail is to blame." Well, there you might have something.
But even then - tie in another 12V rail, see if it still shuts down. If so, then you might be one of the rare few that needs single 12V. Me? Multi-rail all the way on a unit this size.
After that brief lecture, I figure we should do some unpacking.
Within the cardboard container, I found a power supply, some modular cables, a fan filter, a power cord, a bag of goodies, and the usual Silverstone two manual treatment.
This is the spec manual, wherein we find that the OCP trip point on the 12V rails could be as high as 100A. One hundred amperes. On a unit rated to 120A max combined on the 12V rails. Useless! Might as well be single 12V. Seems a mite high on the minor rails, too, but that's not really a big deal for those two.
As usual, the other manual covers all the installation instructions. Silverstone certainly spares no expense on their documentation.
The fan filter attaches magnetically to the intake of the power supply, but can also be screwed into place if desired. I don't know that you need to worry about that - the magnets are powerful enough to do the job. I like that Silverstone's been throwing in unnecessary little extras like this... I've actually had to add filters like this to my sister's rig, which is perpetually swimming in cats, pigs, dogs, and there's probably a wallaby and giraffe in that house somewhere, too.
The contents of the accessories bag include some zip ties, some velcro cable ties, and two bags of screws. One bag has the knurled kind, the other has the regular black nut driver/Phillips kind.
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