Introduction and Features

SilverStone has a well earned reputation among PC enthusiasts for providing a full line of high quality enclosures, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories. Their Strider Gold series, which includes four models ranging from 750W up to 1,200W, was designed to meet the needs of professional users and enthusiasts alike. The Strider Gold ST1200-G that we have up for review today is rated for 1200W DC output and is 80 Plus Gold certified. It comes with a full compliment of all modular cables, including dual EPS connectors and eight PCI-E connectors for multiple high-end graphics adapter support. High efficiency also means less waste heat, which should result in lower operating temperatures and less fan noise.

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Here is what SilverStone has to say about their new Strider Gold 1200W power supply:

To meet the ever higher requirements imbued by professional users and enthusiasts alike, SilverStone created the Strider Gold series power supplies. The Strider Gold models are built on a similar platform as the award-winning Strider Plus series but with even higher efficiency ratings.

The Strider Gold series will encompass wattage range from 750W to 1200W for a great variety of applications. In addition to 80 Plus Gold level efficiency, all models are built to meet very high standards in electrical performance so they have ±3% voltage regulation, low ripple and noise and high amperage single +12V rail. Other notable features also included are 24/7 40°C continuous output capacity, Japanese capacitors, low-noise 135mm fan, and multiple sets of PCI-E cables. For users looking for a power supply with a faultless combination of performance, efficiency, and quality, there is no need to look beyond the Strider Gold series.

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Continue reading our review of the SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W Power Supply!!

Kingwin's silent and powerful new Stryker 500W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2011 - 05:07 PM |
Tagged: Kingwin Stryker 500W, Kingwin, 80 platinum, modular psu

The latest victim of [H]ard|OCP's PSU torture chamber comes from Kingwin; the same fanless 500W Stryker model that Lee reviewed a short while ago.  They were impressed with the so called overclocked mode, which allows the PSU to produce 600W and still manages not only to retain stable rails but also an efficiency rating above 89%.   It soared through their torture test and managed to stay at the rated 0dB, of course.  Their final verdict was very positive, though like Lee they warn that silent PSUs are more expensive and probably won't attract many buyers who can buy the same level of quality in a PSU with active cooling for significantly less money.

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"Kingwin, might not be the first name that comes to mind when looking for a top-shelf PSU, but in our testing Kingwin has been very consistent with quality PSU builds. Today we look at its silent 500 watt computer power supply. We all know what happens to computer component cooling when we go silent. Can Kingwin pull off another big win?"

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OCZ Technology Unveils the Modular ZT Power Supply Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2011 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, 80 Bronze, ocz, OCZ ZT Series

SAN JOSE, CA – October 19, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the ZT Power Supply Series which offers consumers performance and stability for gaming systems and desktops. Providing high efficiency, cool operation, and a fully modular cable design, the ZT Series comes in a range of wattage options for users looking for a quality upgrade.

“The new ZT power supply is designed with quality components and rich features including a fully modular design for easy configuration and superior airflow within desktops,” said Steve Lee, Senior VP and General Manager of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “This ZT PSU Series delivers clean and efficient power with the flexibility of modular cabling all at a competitive price point making it an ideal choice for mainstream consumers.”

Together with the PC Power & Cooling design team, OCZ developed the all-new ZT Series to remain rock-solid and stable even under intensive multitasking and gaming environments. With a 100% modular cable management system, the ZT Series improves airflow and eliminates unnecessary wire clutter inside computer desktop chassis. Kept supremely cool with a variable load and temperature controlled 140mm fan, ZT power supplies are engineered to limit distracting noise from your PC when working or gaming. Furthermore, the 80-Plus Bronze certified ZT Series features up to 85% efficiency under typical load environments and complies with the ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive to ensure less than one watt of power is used in passive standby and off modes.

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The OCZ ZT Series will be available in 550W, 650W, and 750W models, and comes backed with a leading 5-year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for unparalleled peace of mind. The ZT PSU Series will be available worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99, $109.99, and $119.99 respectively.

Enermax - They've gone to platinum!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2011 - 06:49 PM |
Tagged: enermax, 80 platinum, platimax 1200W, kilowatt, modular psu

Enermax has really taken the cake with their new Platimax 1200W PSU, so named because it carries an 80+ Platinum rating.  That high of an efficiency rating is very rare and is usually seen on PSUs in the 500W range but Enermax has more than doubled it.  You get over a half dozen 8pin PCIe power plugs as well as a plethora of SATA and other power plugs.  If you need this much power for your rig it is worth investigating this level of power efficiency as it will save you money eventually.  [H]ard|OCP gave this PSU a Silver Award, missing out on Gold due to pricing only.

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"Enermax is one of our long time favorite brands when it comes to PSUs. Enermax has proved over and over again that it is one of the world's premier PSU builders. Today it steps into a realm that is tough to compete in and in fact has not ever been seen by any other PSU builders as of yet. 1200 watts that is 80 Plus Platinum certified."

 

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Power up with 1350W of Silver ToughPower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2011 - 03:33 PM |
Tagged: PSU, thermaltake, Toughpower 1350W, modular psu

The 80+ Silver rating on the Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W is well deserved according to the tests that [H]ard|OCP ran, something which can add up over a year of load.  The six 8 pin PCI-Express connectors are on one 12v rail, capable of up to 750W @ 60A, while the other 12v rail handles the other connectors.  Those other connectors include twelve SATA and eight Molex connectors, which should handle most configurations with cordage to spare.  It does very well on the most important function of providing decent quality power even in harsh conditions, but does cost a bit more than some competing PSUs which you should bear in mind before picking up this PSU.

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"Thermaltake is back on our test benches and back with some very big iron. Thermaltake made some of the "biggest and baddest" computer power supplies years ago and we are about to find out if the company does once again. However this Toughpower is well above a kilowatt and surely will have a limited appeal, but also surely attract a lot of attention."

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The Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850 W isn't worth a 2nd glance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2011 - 06:22 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, scythe, chouriki 2

Starting out with the positive, the Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850W can keep it's efficiency well above 80% in most usage scenarios.  Unfortunately that is about the only positive impressions that techPowerUp walked away with after wrapping up their reveiw.  The +12V line displayed dismaying amounts of ripple and the +3.3V rail actually strayed outside the 5% limit when stressed.  Finally, at a hair under $180 the Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850W is not even reasonably priced for an 850W PSU.

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"Most of you will probably know Scythe from its cooling products, but the company also has several power supplies in its arsenal. Today we will test the second strongest PSU from the Chouriki 2 Plug-In line, which has 850 W capacity and is 80 Plus Silver rated. All Chouriki 2 Plug-In PSUs use a semi-modular cabling design and are backed up by a five-year warranty."

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Source: TechPowerUp

With great power comes great efficiency; the OCZ ZX Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2011 - 06:18 PM |
Tagged: PSU, OCZ ZX Series, ocz, modular psu, 850W

OCZ's ZX series sport an 80+ Gold certification, making them the most power efficient of their lineups and very important when you are talking about an 850W PSU.  A 70A max single 12V rail for the four PCIe connectors is the stat most gamers want to know and the 140mm fan is important to those wanting a peaceful computing session.  What was most important to Think Computers about the 850W ZX Series PSU?  Read on to find out.

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“OCZ has recently released its latest power supply offering in the ZX Series of power supplies. These power supplies effectively replace the Z Series power supplies in the Maximum Performance sector and off an 80 PLUS gold certification, a single +12V rail, modular design and an impressive 5 year warranty. 80 PLUS gold certification means this power supply will run 87% efficient at 100% load. 80 PLUS gold is the second highest certification given to power supplies only out-done by the 80 PLUS Platinum certification. Today we will be taking a look at the 850W version of the ZX Series power supply"

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