Our load tests utilize a couple of FAST ATE active load testers and a variety of other equipment such as an oscilloscope, power conditioner, temperature probe and a power consumption meter. You can read more about our standard testing approach here.
The tests performed are based around six conceivable setups that are out there and progressively load down the PSU up to the power supply's limits or 1000W, whichever comes first. Since our test equipment's limits are higher than that of the SilverStone ST65F-G 650W power supply, we can test it to the maximum.
The above tests represent typical loads that we have measured from various systems and are meant to give a rough idea of where your computer might fall in line with our tests. Please keep in mind that each system is different and actual loads can vary greatly even with similar hardware.
Let's start by taking a look at the voltages to see how well this unit did during testing. Starting with the 12V rail, we see 1% regulation from start to finish with a total drop of .06V. The 5V rail managed to stay within 1% of specification with a total drop of .03V from start to finish. Moving towards the 3.3V rail, we see that regulation was within 1% of specification with a total voltage drop of .04V.
DC Output quality for the SilverStone ST65F-G 650W was good and well within specifications. During Test 1, we saw 19mV of noise on our scope. When we increased the loads in Test 2, the ripple climbed to 27mV right at half load. During Test 4 under a load of 650W, the oscilloscope showed a maximum of 41mV on noise on the 12V rail.
The SilverStone ST65F-G 650W is rated for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency. This means that the power supply must perform at 87%/89%/87% efficiency at 20%/50%/100% loads respectively. As you can see, the SilverStone ST65F-G 650W passed on our bench, and wasn't close to failing at any point.
SilverStone has built quite a reputation with us here at TweakTown. Everything that they've shown us as far as their power supplies are concerned have always been top notch. From their heavy hitters like the ST1200-G to their tiny ST45SF-G, their power supplies are great examples of what to look for when seeking a quality power supply.
The ST65F-G is another great unit from SilverStone and it holds up to all of the standard and performance characteristics that we've come to expect. The voltage regulation is superb for this unit. All three rails managed to stay within 1% of specifications, which is something that only a handful of units we've seen have ever been able to accomplish. That being said, we've also seen better noise suppression from SilverStone before and we have to say we had hoped for a little bit better performance here.
We also have not seen any non-Japanese capacitors out of SilverStone before and we can't help but wonder if this attributed to the higher than normal noise on the 12V rail that we usually see with SilverStone's units. It is worth mentioning 41mV is still below half of the threshold specified and we're only even talking about this because of the years of precedent that SilverStone has set forth with the unit's we've had our hands on.
The ST65F-G isn't exactly cheap, either. For a 650W power supply, it is definitely more toward the pricey side and we expected this higher price to provide us with the same build quality that we've seen from them in the past. Overall though, the ST65F-G is a good unit, but it is priced a little bit high for what it offers.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Inside the Box]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Humai wants to transfer your consciousness to an artificial body
- New chip could charge your phone in 10 minutes, Samsung interested
- 2nd-gen MSI ECO series motherboards debut
- Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 programmable computer
- ASUS celebrates 20 years of making GPUs with GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition
- Lexar JumpDrive M20i 32GB OTG iOS Flash Drive Review
- Gibabyte GA-Z170X- Gaming 7 Supported RAM (2 x16Gb or 4 x 8GB) ?
- heya! PC-A10 case parts?
- Enermax ETS-T40fit CPU Coolers Review
- Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 1TB Review
- Eurocom offers $500 USD off Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal for EUROCOM Sky X9 Desktop Laptop with Intel Skylake desktop class CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Desktop GPU and 64 GB DDR4 memory
- MSI @ DREAMHACK WINTER 2015
- ADATA Releases the Lightning Card Reader
- MSI Announces ECO Series Socket LGA1151 Motherboards
- Mionix Announces New-generation SARGAS Mousepad Family