SILVERSTONE ST1500-GS 1500W 80 Plus Gold PSU Review: Page 3 of 7
Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look
Like most modern power supplies the Silver Strider ST1500-GS 80+ Gold is matte black and fingerprint resistant.
The hefty PSU arrived unscathed and every surface was in pristine condition and we find ourselves liking the gold accent label with the voltage specifications.
We find the rating on the two 12v rails at 70A each for a total of 140A and running at 1440W pull the specifications say the PSU will push 120A so there's some safety overhead there. The 3.3V and 5V run 25A each, while the -12V runs 0.3A and the 5V, runs 3.5A.
The business end of the SilverStone 1500W shows a 24 pin ATX (Motherboard) connector and 2 CPU connectors with 4 peripheral connectors all running off the 12V1 rail as well as one PCIe connector. Running off 12V2 it's all graphics (PICe) and given the choice if you don't need all 4 PCIe connectors we would use the 3 dedicated to 12V2 that way an overclocked CPU and GPU are on different Rails which may improve overclocking.
The top of the PSU shows a muted SilverStone loge sunk into the lead free powder coating.
The top shows that silent 135mm fan pulling in the clean cool air and exhausting it out the rear.
Peeking at the rear of the PSU we find the honeycomb designed openings that have proven to be the best design for exhaust. Back in the day those used to be round until someone calculated there's more open space using hexagon shaped openings.
Part of the bundle was this nice little extra a dust filter, SilverStone always seems to throw in some nice extras on their top-end models.
You also get 4 nice Velcro straps to aid in cable management but with those flat cables, we didn't need them so they came in handy killing the wire monster behind the computer.
Last we found the 4 zip ties with 4 normal PSU screws and low and behold 4 thumb screws all black. The addition of nice thumbscrews is a nice touch and the little extras make this monster feel more premium.