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SilverStone Strider SST-ST400 PSU Review - Conclusion

Power supplies... The past couple of years have shown just how important this component really is. It is no longer a matter of just picking whatever happens to be cheap and creating a master system. No, now you have to make sure that you have a PSU that can handle the high amount of stress that comes naturally to an enthusiast rig. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at a new company's entry into the PSU rat race. The SilverStone SST-ST400 makes bold claims of being both powerful and quiet, so let's delve a little deeper and see for ourselves if this newcomer can live up to their own claims!

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 12, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: SilverStone

Conclusion

 

After putting the SilverStone PSU through our little meat grinder, we can see that it was able to come out still standing. While the 3.3v and 12v rails were down just a bit under the stress, the levels were not so low that it would have trouble handling a majority of loads that it would be expected to do. Heavy lighting effects would stagger it, but this would be the case with nearly any power supply on the market.

 

I'm not thrilled with the combined supplemental power leads, but this will be something that must be considered by each individual. My main concern with this was having to find a place to tuck the unused power lead. I generally use a zip-tie to keep all unused wires out of the way, but this one will be planted down next to whichever power lead in needed for your system.

 

As far as Molex connectors are concerned, five is simply too few! Even with daisy-chaining a lot of fans together, I still had to get a splitter to be able to use all of the peripherals and fans within the test system. A minimum number of Molex connectors should be six, with eight being preferable.

 

Price-wise the SST-ST400 has a suggested retail price of about US$75, so it is right in the middle of what most comparable power supplies cost. Considering the quiet operation and the sleek appearance, this isn't too bad a price tag at all. And remember, this is the MSRP as listed by the manufacturer. While suppliers are limited at the moment, the prices will come down when they get into the hands of retailers. This is a simple fact of economics.

 

Bottom line...If you're in the market for a new power supply and have need of plenty of voltage to all power rails, then the SilverStone may be just in line for your needs. BUT, take a good look at your needs. If you're looking at building that modded case with lots of fans and fancy lights, then make sure that this unit will suit your needs with only five Molex connectors.

 

- Pros

 

Workable power levels

 

Very good looks

 

SATA compatibility

 

Quiet

 

- Cons

 

Too few Molex connectors

 

Shared harness for supplemental connectors

 

Rating - 8/10

 

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