Silverstone Strider 850w ST85F PSU

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

Its fair to say that I've opened up quite a few Silverstone Strider units over the past year, and barring a few upgraded capacitors and transformers not much has ever changed. Will this be the case for the ST85F, or does it have something new up its sleve for me to talk about?

Silverstone ST85F Internals Silverstone ST85F Internals

Silverstone ST85F Internals Silverstone ST85F Internals

In comparision with the ST75F internals (seen here) the ST85F does look somewhat less crowded. One of the most noticable changes is the downgrade from two +12v transformers to just one - most likely owing to the reduction from four +12v rails down to two. We can also see that the main capacitor has been downsized and several of the smaller wire-wound coils are no longer present. This minimalistic approach may sound worrying, but as we've seen many times in the past, it's not always the bulkiest power supplies that are the best performers.

Silverstone ST85F Fan

The Strider makes use of a standard 135mm brushless fan manufactured by Young Lin Tech. I was unable to find any definite figures for this fan, but as the Silverstone specs suggest, the fan is rated at 22dbA when running at top speed.

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Most Recent Comments

30-01-2007, 14:16:22

Looks pretty good!

Not the best PSU I have ever seen but none the less pretty intresting to compare with others around.

Once again another Awesome reveiw from OC3D!Quote

30-01-2007, 14:38:43

one thing i love about the silverstone psu is the sleeving, always impressed by it and i wish other companies would do it just like theirs.Quote

30-01-2007, 17:28:46

I like the idea of having the 8pin cables(for future GPUs) But I am kind of sad that they dont aim higher.

I think in the 800Watt and higher market the PSs should cater to "Enthusiast" not the penny pincher bookeepers that seem to run the companies.

The PS 510 I just got has external adjustable pots for voltages. I think they should go 1 step further and add a digital gauge to it.

When I think of Silverstone I think "High End" its a shame they dont feel the same way.Quote

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