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Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply

Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850WToday, we get a chance to look at Silverstone’s latest power supply. The power supply is the Strider Gold Evolution which comes in various wattages which would include: 750W, 850W, 1000W and 1200W. The model we were sent was the 850W unit which is plenty large enough for most. But for those that do need than Silverstone has you covered. The entire series is modular which I know everyone will love and very quiet.

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Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W

Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850WToday, we get a chance to look at Silverstone’s latest power supply. The power supply is the Strider Gold Evolution which comes in various wattages which would include: 750W, 850W, 1000W and 1200W. The model we were sent was the 850W unit which is plenty large enough for most. But for those that do need than Silverstone has you covered. The entire series is modular which I know everyone will love and very quiet.

Introduction to the Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply

Today, we get a chance to look at Silverstone’s latest power supply. The power supply is the Strider Gold Evolution which comes in various wattages which would include: 750W, 850W, 1000W and 1200W. The model we were sent was the 850W unit which is plenty large enough for most. But for those that do need than Silverstone has you covered. The entire series is modular which I know everyone will love and very quiet.

Silverstone take on the Strider Evolution

To make great power supplies even better, SilverStone engineers delved into the details with the Strider Gold series. In order to reduce the already low noise generated by the Strider Gold, they replaced the fan with SilverStone’s own Air Penetrator, which has superb cooling ability and is equipped with fluid dynamic bearing. This allowed for reprogramming of the fan controller to enable lower fan speed at any given loading condition compared to the predecessor. Various components were also re-tested and replaced with newer versions for minor boost in efficiency and performance. An excellent FF141 fan filter with magnets is even included in the package for use to reduce dust buildup.

With the fan and component upgrades, the Strider Gold Evolution series will again encompass wattage range from 750W to 1200W with 80 PLUS Gold level efficiency, ±3% voltage regulation, ±3% ripple & noise, and high amperage single +12V rail as its main features. For discerning users looking to get a top-notch power supply with all features covered and more, this is the perfect solution.

Specifications

Model No.

SST-ST85F-G Evolution

Max. DC Output

850W (Peak 950W)

Load Range

 

+3.3V

+5V

+12V1

+5VSB

-12V

Max.(Amps)

22A

25A

70A

3.5A

0.3A

Min.(Amps)

0.3A

0.3A

0.1A

0.1A

0A

Range (%)

±3%

±3%

±3%

±5%

±10%

Line Reg.(%)

±1%

±1%

±1%

±1%

±1%

Ripple(mVp-p)

50mV

50mV

120mV

50mV

120mV

combined +3.3, +5V

150W

combined +12V

840W / 70A

Input Voltage

90V~264V

Input Frequency Range

47Hz ~ 63Hz

PFC

Active PFC.(PF>0.95 at Full Load)

Efficiency

88%~91% at 20%~100% loading

MTBF

100,000 hours at 25°C(at Full Load)

Operating temperature

0°C ~ 40°C

Protection

Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Under voltage protection
Short Circuit Protection
No Load Protection

Connectors

1 x 24 / 20-Pin Motherboard connector (550mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector (750mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector (550mm)
2 x 8/6-Pin PCIE connector (550mm)
2 x 6-Pin PCIE connector (550mm)
8 x SATA connector (600mm / 150mm / 150mm/150mm)
6 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector (600mm / 150mm / 150mm)
2 x 4-Pin Floppy connector (600mm / 150mm / 150mm / 150mm)

Color

Black (scratch resistant and lead-free paint)

Cooling System

Ultra silent 139mm Air Penetrator fan with fluid dynamic bearing

Noise Level

17dBA-28dBA

Dimension

150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 180 mm (D)

Weight

3.085 kg

Certification

80 PLUS Gold

Other

GPU Support list

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Features

  • 80 PLUS Gold certification with high efficiency 88%~91% at 20%~100% loading
  • Ultra silent 139mm Air Penetrator fan with fluid dynamic bearing
  • FF141 magnetized fan filter included
  • 100% modular cables
  • 850W (950W peak power) 24hour fully continuous power output with 40℃ operating temperature
  • Class-leading single +12V rail with 70A
  • Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
  • Japanese main capacitors
  • Dual EPS 8pin with multiple PCI-E 8pin and PCI-E 6pin connectors support
  • Support ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V

Closer look

For a while now Silverstone has been making high quality power supplies and this new model is no different. The Strider Gold Evolution offers all the necessary protections and safeguards to make ownership worry-free. Current, Power, Voltage and temperature overloads are just a handful of protection we find in the PSU. This can only be done by building the unit using the highest quality Japanese caps, chokes, drivers and ICSs.  

The 850W model we are looking at today which again is the 850W has 70A on the lone 12v rail with a 40°C operating temp. This should be plenty to run any of the current high video in a GPU setup as well as many of the mid-range cards in a dual to triple GPU configuration.

The Strider is layers in black rugged coating that will repel most finger prints and is scratch resistant. The coating is pretty neutral making ideal to be used in any case for those that are into color coordinating everything inside the PC. If you are concerned about it fitting inside your case it only measure 7” in depth.

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Many of you may remember the original Strider Gold power supply from Silverstone. One of the differences between that model and this one is in the fan which cools this little beast. This new model uses the Silverstone Air Penetrator 139mm cooling fan. The original was quiet but this one is even quieter maxing out at 28dBA on load. The fan is has a fluid bearing motor that is PWM controlled base on load and temp.

As you can see from the image below the Strider is 100% modular. Most of the time some manufacturers will leave the main connections permanently attached to the unit which I think is a good idea as they need to be used regardless. One advantage to this route that Silverstone has used is it is ideal for those that want to use the single sleeved extensions that are very popular today.

This isn’t the first time I have seen this from Silverstone and I meant to ask them why but there isn’t any power switch on the back end of the unit. Not a problem for a large percentage of people building a PC but a must for the open air setups many of the benchers use.

Depending on your case and your setup, Silverstone has included the FF141 fan filter with the Strider. It can be used in situations where there is no sort of filter at all or if the PSU is place such a way the fan is not placing the vent supplied for it.

The extensions of the Strider are sleeved in the typical black webbing that is so common. A nice change here would be offering individual sleeved extension for the power supply. But a feature that is added to the unit is a 2200uF cap attached to each PCIe cable to eliminate the whine found in video cards when gaming.

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 Pin AUX

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

Floppy

 
Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W

1

2

6

8

2

2

2

 

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz @ 1.35v
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 1333 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: Dual Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W
Case: Open air
Cooling: Thermaltake FrioOCK

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Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so, but you can not overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. We have a trusty digital multimeter. Those sites and the methods they use should be the true means of determining how good a power supply really is; however, we feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is also a valid measure of its performance.

Conclusion

The Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution is one of the quietest power supplies we have ever tested. At no point during out testing did we hear a sound from it. And you have to realize we test on an open-air system so this makes the sound level ever more impressive. Think about inside you case it only gets better. Using the Air Penetrator 139mm cooling fan pays off in this area.

Because Silverstone offer the new Strider in four power levels, one is definitely for you no matter your system. We tested the 850W model that would be ideal for a high-end system featuring a very high-end GPU or dual moderate level video cards. But for those needing massive amount of power there is a 1200W if you are planning on forking out the $1k on the new Nvidia GTX 690.

Everyone today is fans of modular power supplies it seems. So the masses should really enjoy the new Strider as it is 100% modular down to the main ATX connection. In writing this conclusion I actually found the answer to a question I asked earlier in the review. Why make all the cables on this power supply modular? Well, the answer could be that Silverstone does offer shorten cables for those that want a cleaner installer in limited spaces.

We are not able to test like some sites on the net but I can tell you in an everyday solution the Strider performance is as good as any power supply we have tested. The 80PLUS Gold rating just adds to the benefits of this great PSU.

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