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December 13, 2014

Unboxing & Overview: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W



Silverstone is quite well known for their radical designs and engineering marvels on their chassis and accessories. Thanks to them and Inter Asia Technology, we got our hands on a classic power supply for us to test in our labs. The Silverstone Strider Essential 600W is an 80+ Bronze. Nothing radical about the design of this PSU (it is called the essential series) but rest assured the necessities are all in place.

This PSU retails for RM299 (SRP) in local stores and so without further adieu, lets pop the box open!

Specification


Model No.
SST-ST60F-ESB
Max. DC Output
600W
                 Load Range
+3.3V+5V+12V+5VSB-12V
Max.(Amps)
22A22A45A2.5A0.3A
Peak (Amps)
///3.5A/
Min.(Amps)
0.1A0.2A0.6A0A0A
Range (%)
±5%±5%±5%±5%±10%
Line Reg.(%)
±1%±1%±1%±1%±1%
Ripple(mVp-p)
50mV50mV120mV50mV120mV

combined +3.3, +5V
120W
combined +12V
540W
Input Voltage
103.5 ~ 253 Vrms
Input Frequency Range
47Hz ~ 63Hz
PFC
Active PFC(PF>0.95 at Full Load)
Efficiency
82%~85% @ 20% ~ 100% loading
MTBF
100,000 hours
Operating temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Protection
Over power protection
Over voltage protection
Under voltage protection
Short circuit protection
Connectors
1 x 24 / 20-Pin motherboard connector(500mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector(550mm)
1 x 8/6-Pin PCIE connector(500mm)
3 x 6-Pin PCIE connector(500mm / 150mm)
6 x SATA connector("500mm / 150mm / 150mm / 150mm" x 2)
3 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector (600mm / 150mm / 150mm)
1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector(500mm / 150mm / 150mm / 150mm)
Color
Black(Lead-Free Paint)
Cooling System
Single 120mm silent fan
Noise Level
18 dBA minimum
Dimension
150 mm (W) × 86 mm (H) × 140 mm (D)
Weight
1.75kg
Form factor
Certification
80 PLUS Bronze
Other

Packaging


At the front of the box we see the 80 Plus Bronze certification which derives power delivery efficiency up to 88% and the Active PFC (Active Power Factor Correction) which is capable of generating power factor of over 95% theoretically. 


At the back of the box is where you'll find the efficiency and load curves for your reference. Also a chance to learn the specifications in multiple foreign languages.


English specifications are found at the side of the box. From here you can see that the unit draws 540W on the single 12V rail; 90% of the rated 600W... Cool!!


Not much in terms of accessories, you get a power cord (varies depending on your region) a user guide and a product catalogue.


The PSU itself is wrapped in plastic to keep the dust bunnies out and is surrounded in soft foam for protection against bumps during transport. Kudos to Silverstone for keeping all the cables in a bundle.

The PSU


The PSU is not a modular unit so all the cables are attached to the main box. Not that it's a bad thing just that you'll have to manage the cables nicely in your chassis if you wanted it to look nice, particularly so if it's a windowed chassis. The PSU's painted surface is matte black overall which is nice and it has some heft to it, a sign that this isn't just some cheapo unit.


Taking a closer look at the sticker where you'll find the power specifications, serial number, some precautionary notice and the 80+ Bronze badge. 


A 120mm silent fan resides behind the metal grill will be all the cooling you need for the internals. If you look at it closely, there are a lot of metal heatsinks for heat dissipation.


Speaking of heat dissipation, the back of the unit is mostly honeycomb mesh which will definitely help to keep things cool. This is also where you'll find the power switch and where the power connector is plugged into. 


As I mentioned before, this is a non-modular PSU so every wire is attached to the PSU. Here is what you're looking at:
  • 1 x 24-Pin motherboard connector
  • 1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS connector
  • 1 x 6+2-Pin PCIE connector
  • 3 x 6-Pin PCIE connector
  • 6 x SATA power connector
  • 3 x 4-Pin Molex connector
  • 1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector
Quite a lot of cables to manage but as I said before, this is a basic PSU. They are kept that way to lower down manufacturing costs and increased efficiency.

Testing & Conclusion


We mounted the PSU inside the Vector Beta Testor and have tested on numerous hardware and software configurations including overclocking both the i7 4770K CPU and an Asus GTX670 DCUII Mini. Glad to say that we did not encounter any issues while stress testing the rig using the PSU. The PSU's fan is inaudible over the 3.5" mechanical drives I had in the chassis so Silverstone has done a great job with teh acoustics of the PSU. 

As expected from Silverstone, the Strider Essential 600W's quality is very good, not just in build quality but stability as well. In the basement of the Vector bench, it does gets a little toasty to the touch but that's to be expected from an electrical component. At RM299 (SRP), this one is very worthwhile to pick up for a worry free computing.

Pros:
  • 80+ Bronze rating
  • Very competitively priced
  • Very quiet during normal operation and stress testing.

Cons:
  • Non-modular cables
The Silverstone Strider Essential 600W is hence awarded the Tech-Critter Recommended badge.




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