Welcome, my friends, to another episode of "As the Power Supply Blows." This week, I will be taking a look at the last of the barrage of units from Seventeam I had on my shelf, the Thundering ST-1000E-AD. As kilowatt units go, this is actually one of the very first to hit the market following PC Power and Cooling's introduction of their 1kW model many moons ago. You say you don't recognize it? What if I throw out the words "Silverstone" and "Olympia?" Yes indeed, this unit was the basis for the original Silverstone OP1000 which has now been replaced by an Impervio model.
But Seventeam never gave up on this unit, no sir. It is still listed very prominently on their website, and I must confess that I am anxious to see how it does in relation to its bigger and younger brothers, the Thundering and Hurricane 1200W models. Let's begin.
Our review begins pretty unremarkably with some cardboard goodness, as usual. This here shot reveals one of the very few items of interest on the box, namely a table carrying information on three different units. First an 850W model, second the 1000W quad 12V model I'm looking at today, and a third 1000W model that carries two additional 12V rails for a total of six. A set of certification logos rounds out the shot.
The one other interesting facet of the box is this here simulated power switch and AC receptacle, and a big pile of fancy graphics that brag about various features of the unit. Active PFC. Pass at 50 degrees - hoping that means operating temps. Active PFC. EPS 12V 2.91 compatible. 12V combined at 80A. Fan control. All in all, there isn't much here that other competing units wouldn't also have.
We'll just have to see if we can get it to pass load testing at 50 degrees now, won't we?
The bland, boring box opens up to a bland, boring view. Power supply protected by thin foam and a power cord - that's all I see in there.
Wow!!! Free screws!!! Gee whiz Seventeam, thanks a bunch for the peachy keen presents! Where's the manual, by the way? There is no manual? Poppycock! By the way, don't be losing that big 14 gauge power cord. Like the 1200W models, the PSU end is all special like. You won't find a replacement for that sucker down at Mom and Pop's PC Emporium.
Oh... joy. One 80mm fan. I'll be right back, I need to make a run for some earplugs. I can see right now where the load testing is going on this thing.
Strangely enough, this is one of the intake grilles for this monster. The cooling's a bit weird on this beast, it would seem. Time for a label and table.
Yes sir, this monster promises us the ability to throw down nearly its entire rated output on the 12V rail. I'll be honest, my SM-268 can't go that high only on the 12V. But it can make up the difference on the other two rails, so we'll get up there sure enough.
A shot of the back panel shows us an odd keyhole shaped grille toward one side that also allows the tentacles to exit the unit right in the middle of that grille. Weird. Speaking of tentacles, here's a table.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (540mm)
4 x 2 12V Xeon/EPS connector (540mm)
2 x 2 12V connectors (550mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (530mm)
5.25" Drive connectors (510mm+250mm)
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm)
*connectors are 6+2 pin modular type
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