Performance (40% of the final score) - now for some scoring. While this unit was a little more stable than big brother on the 12V rail, it turned out to be a little less so on the minor rails. We averaged 2.2% regulation in the hot box, compared to that unit's average of 2.1%. I allowed big brother some slack here, for only slipping past that 2% number by a little bit, and I think I'm going to do the same for this unit. Only because the 12V rail was more stable, mind you. So, I'm pulling that same half a point here, for being pretty much the same as the 1000W unit. Looking at the ripple results, it's the same story. A little improvement, but not enough to get away with a no point deduction. Half a point off there, too. Look at that - this unit tied big brother here. 9.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - this category will end up being another tie with big brother. The cabling is the same, only with a couple less PCI-E connectors. This unit can't support three cards, though, so that's ok. Point comes off again for the caps in the cables and the silver spoon... little boy blue and... sorry. My brain's not right working today. Point goes back on for the magnetic dust filter, even though we now know the holes don't line up with the fan mounting screws. Those magnets are strong enough to hold that filter in place, and we want to be able to easily remove it anyway. 10.
Value (20% of the final score) - $159.99 is Newegg's price on this guy. That's a little on the high side compared to some other places, but I went to Newegg for the last Silverstone unit so I'm there again for this one. You know, this is looking to be the cheapest unit there that's both fully modular and 80 Plus Gold, let alone the only one that comes with a dust filter. Heck, the non fully modular non Evolution model is only a few bucks less. I'm going up to a solid 9.5 on this guy. Just you try and stop me.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - last time, I said I'd only deduct half a point in this category if I'd gotten normal Enhance build quality. Well, guess what? This is normal Enhance build quality. 9.5. The soldering work could still be a notch better, but only a small notch.
Based on the same platform as the ST1000-G, Silverstone's latest 750 watt fully modular offering is nothing short of excellent. It has a couple small things going against it, like those capacitors in the PCI express cables, but it makes up for those by the multitude of things it does right. Ripple suppression is very good, regulation is very good, and you still get a magnetic dust filter to slap on the fan. All this adds up to a power supply that it's very hard to say no to.
excellent 12V regulation
very good ripple suppression
dust filter for the fan
bulky capacitors in the PCI-E modular cables
product box is still a little on the large side
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