SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅30-08-12

Product on Review: ST1000-G
Manufacturer and Sponsor: SilverStone
Street Price: £165 / $213 (At time of review)

In the quest for better frame rates and higher scores gamers and enthusiasts are throwing their cash into pairing up graphics cards and pushing the limits of their hardware but adding another graphics card to a system and overclocking the CPU causes more power draw and performing such tasks require a reliable and capable power supply unit and this is where today’s review takes us. PSUs over 850W were largely unheard of a couple of years ago but with this ever increasing demand, manufactures are furnishing their product lines with bigger units to cater for power hungry consumers.

Today we will be taking a look at the SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W; an 80 Plus Gold efficient PSU which is fully modular and equipped with a single +12v rail capable of 83A. Can this unit withstand multiple graphics cards? How loud is the fan during load? Is it a good value for money offering? These are just some of the questions you might be asking and we are here to answer them.

SilverStone on Strider Gold 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.

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