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SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000-watt Power Supply Review

We take our final look at the SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution series to find out if the 1000W model is a good compromise between the 850W and 1200W models.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology

Introduction

 

Our recent reviews of SilverStone power supplies have caused quite a bit of emails to come flooding in. Many wanted to know if the Strider Gold Evolution 1000W was on par with what we saw from both the Strider Gold Evolution 850W and the Strider Gold Evolution 1200W.

 

Most of the emails inquired simply because they felt that 1200W was overkill for their needs, but the 850W wasn't enough. We know all about trying to make sure that you put your money in the right places when building a computer so that is why we are here today and taking a look at the SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W.

 

It features their Air Penetrator fan that we know operates very quietly, offers 80Plus Gold efficiency and is fully modular. As it is built on the same platform of the other Strider Gold Evolution power supplies, it should produce similar results. If so, the real question today will be not if it is a good power supply, but how much of value the unit is compared to its brethren and if you should gravity towards purchasing the 1000W model over the other two.

 

Let's dig in and see what we can find out about the Strider Gold Evolution 1000W.

 

 

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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DC output is again very similar to that of the 1200W model. The unit is capable of 83A on the single 12V rail. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each. These have a combined total wattage of 150W. Interestingly enough, the 850W model has a combined wattage of 150W on the minor rails as well, but only rates the 3.3V rail for 22A. The same -12V rails and 5Vsb rails are seen throughout the entire series, rated at .3A and 3.5A respectively. That is a bit weak on the -12V rail, but solid on the 5Vsb side.

 

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The 1000W Evolution shares the same feature summary as the rest of the Evolution series. It's full of protection features including over temperature protection, but the unit is not rated for 100% continuous output at 50C. It is instead rated for 100% continuous output at 40C. The power supply is fully modular and fully sleeved. The full modular design also allows for the use of SilverStone's PP05 short cable kit.

 

As of right now, the ST100-G Evolution can be had for $204 at Newegg. For comparison purposes, Newegg also offers the 850W model at $170 and the 1200W at $235. That is a $65 difference between the two if you're stuck choosing between one or the other and a $31 difference between the 1000W and 1200W. SilverStone backs the unit by a three year warranty.

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