Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2018 - 07:58 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Silverstone, PSU, power supply, ATX PSU, 80 Plus Platinum, 1200W PSU, 1000W PSU
SilverStone this week is launching two new “compact” power supplies that pack a lot of wattage into a form factor that is shorter than the typical ATX PSU. The Strider Platinum ST1000-PTS and ST1200-PTS are fully modular 80 PLUS Platinum-rated power supplies at 1,000 and 1,200 watts, respectively.
But the key feature of this series is its shorter depth. At 140mm deep, the PTS series is 40mm shorter than the typical 180mm ATX PSU design. While they won’t fit into the official SFX PSU dimensions (125mm deep), they do offer additional options for obtaining higher power output in smaller case designs. Indeed, SilverStone points out that there’s no power supply currently on the market that offers equal wattage at this size.
And while both models of course come with their own cable set in the box, their fully-modular design means that users interested in using one of these units with a smaller case can easily swap out the included cables for a custom length solution or SilverStone’s own shorter cable set.
Unfortunately, you’ll need to pay a price for the lack of space. The ST1000-PTS will have an MSRP of $209.99 (€181.99 in Europe) while the ST1200-PTS will land at $239.99 (€201.99). While we’ll need to wait to see how actual street prices settle down, based on MSRP these new models come in priced 20-25% higher than Platinum-rated competitors at the same wattages.
But if your small PC design is aching for more power and a full-sized ATX option won’t do, you can pick up the new SilverStone ST1000-PTS and ST1200-PTS when they hit North American and European retailers in mid-January.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 27, 2018 - 08:31 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: seasonic, PSU, price increase, power supply
For hardware enthusiasts, it’s no surprise at this point that the current tumultuous state of the global economy is having an effect on PC component prices, and the latest company forced to make a change is Seasonic. The company announced this month that, due to “recent market developments,” MSRPs across its product lineup will increase starting December 1st.
The price increases vary depending on the power supply series and model, and range from about 5 to 12 percent. Vincent Chang, the company’s Chairman and CEO, noted the importance of transparency with consumers and partners regarding the dynamic economic conditions in a statement announcing the price changes.
You’ll find the company's statement and complete list of Seasonic models affected by the new pricing below, and check out the Seasonic product site for more details on specific models.
Effective 01 December 2018, Sea Sonic USA is to increase the MSRP for all power supplies manufactured in China and destined for the US market. This is the result of recent market developments, but all orders placed prior to this date shall follow current pricing.
Sea Sonic strives to be transparent and forthright with its partners and consumers. We thank you in advance for your understanding as our priority is to continue providing cost-effective solutions to all our customers. The situation is dynamic and necessary adjustments will be made accordingly.
We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our partnership well into the future. If you have any questions, please contact your Sea Sonic representative or visit our website at www.seasonic.com.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2018 - 01:28 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Silverstone, SFX, PSU, power supply, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold
Everyone loves small form factor PCs these days, but there aren't many SFX power supply options that can keep up with the demands of increasingly powerful CPUs and GPUs. A number of companies have been able to hit 600 watts, and SilverStone was able to reach 800 watts, but only via its "SFX-L" form factor, which is slightly larger than the official SFX specification and therefore doesn't fit in all situations or case configurations.
But SilverStone is back with the first true SFX PSU that hits 700 watts. The SilverStone SX700-G is an 80 PLUS Gold-rated power supply with a fully modular design, single +12V rail, and a 92mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fan tuned for silent operation at low loads.
The SX700-G includes SilverStone's flat cable design for easier cable routing and enough power cables to connect up to two GPUs and six SATA drives. It is launching with an MSRP of US$155.99 and should reach retailers in North America by mid-December. Check out the complete list of specifications below.
|Max DC Output||700W|
|Power density||882W per liter|
|Combined +3.3V & +5V||110W|
|Input Voltage||90V ~ 264V|
|Input Frequency Range||47Hz ~ 63Hz|
|PFC||Active PFC (PF>0.9 at full load)|
|Efficiency||87% ~ 90% at 20% ~ 100% loading|
|Operating Temperature||0°C ~ 40°C|
|Protection||Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
|Connectors||1 x 24 / 20-Pin motherboard connector (300mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector (400mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (400mm / 150mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (550mm / 150mm)
6 x SATA connector ("300mm / 220mm / 100mm" x 2)
3 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector (300mm / 200mm / 200mm)
1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector (100mm)
|Cooling System||Single 92mm FDB fan|
|Noise Level||18 dBA minimum|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||125 mm x 63.5 mm x 100 mm
4.92" x 2.5" x 3.94"
|Weight||1.4 Kg (3.1 lbs)|
|Certification||80 PLUS Gold|
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2018 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: scmd, System Cable Management Device, seasonic, PSU, computex 2018, backplane
Seasonic have come up with a new cable management system which could replace the modular cabling that is the current choice for those who despise case clutter.
As you can see above, with a compatible PSU you are able to connect directly to the Seasonic Backplane, aka the SCMD, with all of your power plugs distributed on the side of the device. Simply connect the cabling you require, and leave out any you do not need. It is thin enough to fit behind your motherboard, thus hiding almost all of your wiring and also ensuring you do not have to stretch that additional motherboard power cable.
Seasonic claims that introducing the SCMD into your power loop will only drop efficiency by 1% overall, making it a perfect alternative to modular cabling. As with all things Computex this year, it does indeed sport an RGB logo, if you prefer to install it where it can contribute to the rave party in your case. We do not yet have a price or a date on which it becomes available, but Seasonic suggests it will come in three sizes to ensure a proper fit in almost any system.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ROG, PSU, asus, 80 Plus Platinum, 1200W PSU, 1200w
ASUS ROG is also getting into power supplies. The ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU is the first from the company, which is based on a Seasonic design. As mentioned in the Ryuo water cooler announcement, ASUS created their own fan blades to increase airflow, and the Thor power supply uses them. Of course, it also has Aura Sync lighting, but it also has an OLED panel that states how much wattage is currently being drawn by your components – in real time.
One of the best parts of this announcement, however, is that ASUS ROG is protecting it with a ten-year warranty. While Corsair gives the same ten-year guarantee with their HX1200, ASUS at least matches what their competitor offers. This particularly makes sense for power supplies because they are likely to stick around from build to build. I mean, if it provides clean power at a certain wattage (which isn’t getting any higher for a desktop that plugs into a single, standard outlet) and it has very high efficiency, then there’s no real reason to change it up from build to build. It won’t “make your slower” or anything.
It will be available in the second half of this year, but pricing has not yet been announced. A 850W model has also been announced to be announced at a later date.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2018 - 02:50 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, Silverstone, PSU, power supply, 80 Plus Platinum, 1000W, 1200w, 140mm, atx, compact, SFF
SilverStone's Strider Platinum lineup now includes 1000 and 1200 watt models with a depth of only 140 mm. These are both fully modular ATX PSUs, and 80 Plus Platinum certified.
The compact 140 mm depth is popular with small form-factor builds - and sometimes a requirement for a fully modular PSU like this depending on the enclosure. The power density is obviously getting really high for 2018, and 1200W is likely the highest you will find at 140 mm.
Pricing and release dates have not been revealed just yet for either power supply.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2018 - 12:40 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, evga, power supply, PSU, 2200W, 2200 watts, mining, 80 Plus Platinum
Positioned casually amist the current and upcoming power supply lineup at EVGA's suite at CES is the SuperNOVA 2200 P2, which offers a mere 2200 watts of 80 Plus Platinum power with 183.3A from the +12V rail. I will let that sink in for a moment.
Naturally this level of power will require more than the typical 110V mains power in the US, with 220V required. It seems safe to assume that the biggest customer of such a PSU at this point would be the mining community, making the need for 220V a non-issue for the dedicated miners among us (who needs an electric range in the kitchen, anyhow?).
We didn't get specifics on release date or pricing, but this is an impressive piece of hardware - especially considering the Platinum efficiency.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2017 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ST45SF, small form factor, Silverstone, SFX PSU, PSU, 80 Plus Bronze
You may remember Lee's review of Silverstone's SFX PSUs back in November, but in case you do not you should revisit his review as well as this one recently posted by [H]ard|OCP. The SFX PSU form factor for SFF cases is more of a mouthful than it is a physical object for at 125x63.5x100mm it is wider than it is deep. That tiny package does hold a decent amount of power as it can provide the full 450W it is capable of to the 12V rail at 37.5 amps, more than enough power for even higher end GPUs put onto a mATX board. Not only did it pass [H]'s torture test, it is also very competitively priced.
"SilverStone is back today with one of its "smaller is better" computer power supplies that can be used in SFX form factor systems but also comes with a mounting bracket that makes it ATX friendly out of the box. This PSU is bringing quality and value, which is a great thing in the PSU world and not often seen from the big brand names."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone SST-ST45SF 450W SFX Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1000-PT @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Systems, Shows and Expos | January 5, 2017 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TX-M Series, PSU, HX Series, corsair, CES 2017, CES, bulldog, 80 Plus Platinum, 80 Plus Gold
We will let Corsair speak for themselves about these three products.
Platinum and Gold – HX and TX-M
Equipped with 100% Japanese 105°C capacitors the new HX series offers 80 Plus Platinum efficiency for up to 94% efficient operation. Fully modular cabling makes clutter-free builds easy, while a large 135mm cooling fan and Zero RPM mode allow for virtually silent operation. Rated for operating temperatures up to 50°C, the HX series is designed to deliver superb electrical performance and efficiency in the most demanding situations.
Also furnished with 100% Japanese capacitors and rated to 50°C, the new TX-M series delivers 80 Plus Gold efficiency paired with fantastic electrical performance and reliability. Combined with semi-modular cables for immaculate builds, the TX-M series hits the sweet spot of features and performance that PC enthusiasts demand.
Bulldog 2.0 - Build Your Living Room PC Better
CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 retains the sleek looks and small form factor layout of its predecessor, effortlessly fitting into home theatre or living room setups. Within the glossy exterior, Bulldog 2.0 is completely upgraded for 2017, to be the ultimate living room barebone kit. Boasting the very latest Intel Z270 Mini-ITX motherboard from MSI, Bulldog 2.0 is ready to overclock and push performance limits with new Intel 7th Generation Core processors. Bulldog 2.0 also includes an all-new low-profile liquid CPU cooler, the H6SF, and the best-in-class CORSAIR SF600 SFX PSU, as well two low-noise 92mm PWM-controlled cooling fans based on the award-winning CORSAIR ML Series. With a high-performance case, PSU, cooler and motherboard all included and pre-installed, CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 is the ideal starting point to build the ultimate living room PC.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at http://pcper.com/ces!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2016 - 04:15 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Lian Li, SFX, SFX-L, power supply, PSU, small form-factor, 550W, 750w, PE-550, PE-750
Announced back in April, Lian Li has now released a pair of SFX-L power supplies for small form-factor systems with the PE-550 and PE-750. The pair offer fully-modular designs with flat, ribbon-style cables, and carry 80 Plus Gold and Platinum certifications.
The PE-750 power supply
"The PE-550 is 80Plus Gold-rated for a maximum 89.5% efficiency; the PE-750 is 80Plus Platinum-rated for a maximum 92% efficiency. Both use a near-silent 120mm smart fan and minimize noise by operating fanlessly when output power is below 30%. Both PSUs use a single 12V rail design for the best possible stability under heavy system load, matched with myriad protection features to ensure reliable operation."
The PE-550 power supply
For more information and full specs, the product page for the 550W PE-550 is here, and the 750W PE-750 page is here. The PE-550 and PE-750 retail for $115 and $169 respectively, and both are available now.