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SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W Power Supply Review


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!!

SilverStone ST1200-G PSU Key Features:

• 1200W 24-Hour continuous power (40°C)
• 1300W Peak power
• 100% Modular cables
• 80 Plus Gold certification: 87%~90% at 20%~100% loading
• Class-leading single +12V rail with 100A
• Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple and noise
• Japanese made main capacitors
• Silent running 135mm fan with 19dBA minimum
• Dual EPS 8-pin connectors
• Multiple PCI-E connectors (8-pin and 6-pin)
• Capacitors attached to PCI-E cables to reduce electrical noise
• Supports ATX12V 2.3 and EPS12V
• Active Power Factor Correction

Testing Methodology

Establishing an accurate load is critical to testing and evaluating a PC power supply. PCPerspective’s power supply test bench can place a precise 2,000 watt DC load on the PSU under test. Each power supply is tested under controlled, real-world conditions up to its maximum rated load (at 40ºC), using both 115 VAC and 240 VAC line voltage. Our current suite of tests includes:

• DC Load Regulation
• DC Line Regulation
• DC Cross-load (unbalanced load)
• AC Ripple and Noise
• Power Factor
• Efficiency
• Differential Temperature
• Noise

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The SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W power supply was evaluated on both features and performance. A full range of equipment was used to test the power supply under controlled load conditions.

• (2) CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)
• (4) CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)
• (2) 200W Precision resistor load bank (+12V5 and +12V6)
• Switchable precision resistor load bank (-12V and +5VSB)
• Extech MultiMaster MM570 digital multimeter (Accuracy ±0.02%)
• Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Accuracy ±0.5% of full scale)
• DS1M12 "StingRay" digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)
• Powerstat Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA, 0-140 VAC
• Extech Model 407738 digital sound level meter (Accuracy ±1.5 dB)
• Custom PC60 enclosure to simulate real-world operating conditions

November 6, 2011 | 11:35 PM - Posted by Awake (not verified)

"Japanese Capacitors" is a sought-after feature? Is that some kind of commentary about USA sourced products? I'm old enough to remember when "Made in Japan" meant cheap junk.. have the tables turned so completely?

November 7, 2011 | 01:19 AM - Posted by Patriot (not verified)

It's as opposed to 'made in China'. The U.S. gave up its capacitor and electronics production facilities to other countries long ago. We barely have microprocessor fabrication capabilities now.

If you buy from Japan, you'll know your parts were assembled by an adult who is working consentually and not as part of a labor camp. China, not so much.