We haven’t looked at a SilverStone unit in a little bit, so let’s look at one now. This is a company that has been concentrating hard lately on bringing us power supplies that can do the job in less space than the competition without a lot of compromise to the performance side of things. They’re now bringing this strategy to the realm of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. Let’s find out if the ST75F-PT gets the job done.
SUPPLIED BY: SilverStone
PRODUCT: Strider Platinum ST75F-PT
PROD LINK: ST75F-PT Product Page
PRICE: $147 @ Aerocooler
Price is at the time of testing!
The last time we looked at a SilverStone product was a few months ago when we visited with the second generation Strider Gold 750W model. In that time, SilverStone has not been idle and has now committed to bringing the same “let’s get this level of power into a box shallower than everyone else’s” attitude to the 80 Plus Platinum arena, too. I’m looking at the first unit in that new series, the Strider Platinum 750W.
When it comes to the power supply game, SilverStone usually takes a more laid back approach than the competition. Being inside the ATX specification is usually good enough for them, though they usually will take some steps to improve performance to the point that they’re never accused of being at the back of the pack. No, SilverStone seems content to stay just behind the very best in the industry, offering solid units that aren’t really anything special from a performance standpoint.
That said, there is one way in which SilverStone does try to pull ahead, and that’s in trying to bring us the juice in ever smaller packages. At 140mm deep, this particular unit comes in a housing 40mm shallower than an EVGA P2 of the same power level. That may mean nothing to you and I, but for that one guy who has no room for the P2? It can be a big deal. “And if the performance of the SilverStone is good enough,” that guy figures, “why not give them my money instead?”
I mentioned that SilverStone usually does put some emphasis on performance, and the back of the box has the proof of that. Low ripple and tight regulation are being mentioned here, as well as a semi-fanless mode on the wind machine inside the unit. Here, we also discover that the unit is fully modular with ribbon cabling on the modular cables. One hopes that if they ribboned up the ATX cable, they didn’t use too many strands of the stuff. There’s a reason I score against ribbons on the ATX cable, and that reason is that it’s too easy to tangle a bunch of ribbon cables going to the same connectors.
Oh. They did do the ribbon thing on the ATX. I also see a couple of Berg connectors mentioned on this side panel, far right – I hope those are on adapters.
As is usually the case with SilverStone, no information is held back save for the OEM of these units, which is never that hard to determine anyway. On this box panel, we have a load table with some nice looking numbers, the color of the unit, the fan used inside it, and a bunch of other general specs including the maximum rated operating temp for full power. Which is forty degrees – plenty for most of us. It wouldn’t be enough for a big-time data center, but that’s not who SilverStone is targeting with this unit anyway.
Do you want fifty degrees from SilverStone? Buy a Zeus model.
Unpacked, we find a decent amount of goodies in the box including a power supply, modular cables, two manuals, a power cord, and a bag of accessories. The manuals are, once again, vintage SilverStone – packed with info. Documentation is never a problem with these guys.
We’ll skip shooting the manuals for a look at the accessories. We have some zip ties, some velcro ties, and two bags of screws (one knurled). Since I keep losing those knurled screws around the load testers (I use them for the hot box), I love that SilverStone keeps sending me extras.