Legit Power Supply Reviews
Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 750W PSU Review
|Date:||Mon, Dec 03, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
External Design of the ST75F-G
Silverstone supplies the ST75F-G PSU with all of its modular cables attached, a display which is somewhat frightening as the space which the unit occupies seems excessive, even if it is not any greater than that of any other similar unit. The steel body of the unit has been sprayed with a textured grey paint and Silverstone placed a metallic badge with the company's logo over the cooling fan's engine, but that is about as far as aesthetic and functionality improvements go regarding the body of the unit itself.
Strangely, Silverstone placed the sticker with the electrical specifications of the ST75F-G on the side of the power supply, a spot usually reserved for decorative stickers. The sticker will be visible if the side panel of the case is windowed over the PSU compartment area.
Instead of decorating the sides of their power supply, Silverstone engraved their company name and logo on the top side of the ST75F-G. This will be visible if the PSU compartment is at the bottom of the case and the power supply is installed with its fan facing downwards, if the case is very well lit of course.
The rear of this power supply is quite busy, with eleven connectors for the modular cables placed tightly next to each other in two rows, a sticker with a basic legend indicating for which cable is each connector meant for and even a row of vents to eliminate warm air pockets inside the body of the power supply. Users need to be careful because the four blue PCI-E cable connectors are similar to the black EPS 8-Pin connectors and, even if the cables are keyed and will not fit without significant force, equipment will be damaged if the wrong connector is used.
In order to reduce electronic noise which is relatively common with high performance VGA cards, Silverstone installed 2200uF capacitors on the PCI-E connectors of this unit. Although it certainly is a welcomed feature, the capacitors also add bulk, fortunately not very close to the end of the cable.
The front side of the Silverstone ST75F-G power supply is entirely plain and we do mean entirely; only the A/C receptacle can be found, with not even a simple on/off switch. Such a switch is not really necessary with units of that level but it is good to be there, even if only to turn the PSU off when you are not planning to use the system for prolonged periods of time in order to stop it from unnecessarily wasting energy.
Next Page - A look inside the ST75F-G
Page 1 - Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 750W PSU Introduction
Page 2 - Unboxing the ST75F-G
Page 3 - External Design of the ST75F-G
Page 4 - A look inside the ST75F-G
Page 5 - Test Setup
Page 6 - Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - Conclusion