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SilverStone Strider Plus review

Would you trust a 1,000W PSU named after a racetrack? 80Plus silver certification and Nvidia SLI compatibility does not guarantee a great result

For

  • Fully modular cable system
  • Meets manufacturers' performance specifications
  • Decent standby efficiency
  • Over 80% total efficiency achieved

Against

  • Quite heavy
  • Total power efficiency is slightly lower than similar power supplies in its class
  • Not within ATX tolerances
  • Suffers from higher levels of electrical interference when compared to other PSUs in its class

The SilverStone Strider Plus SST-ST1000-P is aimed at the casual user up to enthusiast gamers. It can deliver power to a range of system components that includes mid- to high-end PCI Express graphics cards.

Under our lab testing, the Strider Plus achieved 100 per cent of the manufacturer's claimed performance based on real-world scenarios involving the most commonly used 12 volt rail.

In terms of total efficiency, the Strider Plus lagged behind the other high-range power supplies, such as the Antec TruePower Quattro 1200 and the Nexus RX-1.1K Gold.

However, if you wanted to drag a compliment from us we'd say it performed satisfactory in terms of standby efficiency, achieving the average in this class.

As a PSU topping 1,000 watts, it also produced less decibel noise compared to similar power supplies such as the Antec and the Nexus units, being one of the quietest in its class. Despite the low-noise levels the fan did a good job venting heat, and even the cables did not significantly heat up during high loads.

Despite these good points, vitally, the tested rails exceeded the ATX-specified tolerances, falling outside the standard. The SilverStone Strider Plus SST-ST1000-P also produced a fair amount of jitter at a 75 per cent voltage load.

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In a master class of understatement, the PSU has one of the most minimalist black casings we've seen, with only the 135mm fan being of note, generally larger than even the Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200W. The rear of the power supply is the standard honeycomb grate, used as an exhaust to vent excess heat.

The build quality of the SilverStone Strider Plus is generally good. It is of a standard design with dimensions of 160x85x150mm. Despite this, the Strider Plus is a fat fella, weighing in at a hefty 3.064kg. The manufacturers' stated AC power input is 100-240v 12A-6A 60-50Hz.

The SilverStone unit comes with a total of 23 output connectors; 1x ATX 20/24-pin connector, 2x ATX 8-pin connector, 4x PCI Express 6/8-pin connectors, 2x PCI Express 6-pin connectors, 6x SATA connectors, 6x 4-pin peripheral (MOLEX) connectors, and 2x floppy connectors.

In terms of overall performance the Strider Plus was a disappointment, not performing as well as the other PSUs in its class. The unit could further benefit by improving total power efficiency and reducing the voltage noise.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
ATI CrossFire SupportedYes
NVIDIA SLI SupportedYes
Number of +12V Rails1
Product FamilyStrider Plus
ModularYes
Brand NameSilverStone
Form FactorInternal
Efficiency85%
Input Voltage110 V AC, 220 V AC
Output Power500 W
Output Voltage3.3 V DC, 5 V DC, 12 V DC, -12 V DC, 3.3 V DC @ 24 A, 5 V DC @ 20 A, 12 V DC @ 34 A, -12 V DC @ 300 mA, 5 V DC @ 2.50 A
Number of Fans1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority80 Plus Bronze
Height86 mm
Width150 mm
Depth140 mm
ManufacturerSilverStone Technology, Inc
Product ModelSST-ST50F-P
Product NameStrider Plus SST-ST50F-P ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Product LineStrider Plus
Manufacturer Part NumberSST-ST50F-P
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.silverstonetek.com
Marketing Information

The Strider series is the most versatile and time-proven line of power supply products from SilverStone with models rated from 500W to 1500W and packed with innovative features. To build on this impressive lineup, SilverStone engineered a new generation of power supplies that combine more features than ever before.

Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg