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SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000-watt Power Supply Review

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

Test Results


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 the same as the SilverStone Strider Gold 1000W, we can test it to the maximum.






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 2% regulation from start to finish. The 12V rail showed a total drop of .17V from start to finish. The 5V rail did just better as it managed to stay within 1% of specification with a total drop of .07V from start to finish. Moving towards the 3.3V rail, we see that regulation was still within 1% with a total voltage drop of .05V.


DC output quality was close to what we expected and better than what we saw with the 1200W model. We started off seeing 17mV of ripple on the 12V rail during Test 1. As we increased the loads, the ripple had increased to 27mV at a little over half load. By the time we had the maximum load of 1000W we were seeing 48mV of noise.


The Strider Gold Evolution is rated for 80Plus Gold efficiency. This means that the power supply must perform at 87%/90%/87% efficiency at 20%/50%/100% loads respectively. As you can see, the Strider Gold Evolution passed on our bench and wasn't close to failing at any point.



Final Thoughts


Once again, we see great performance with the SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W. While the results that are shown are a tad bit better in the voltage regulation department than we've seen in the past, the DC output quality is a tad bit worse.


Overall, we feel it is safe to say that differences are due to the differing tolerances in the individual components that make up the entire PSU just the way that some CPU's overclock better than others of the same part number. The SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution series is filled with a fantastic line of power supplies no matter which one you choose.


The great thing about it is that SilverStone does a great job of making sure that you don't have to overspend to get what you need. The 1000W unit sits perfectly between the 850W and 1200W models in both wattage and price. It is the final nail in the coffin that proves you will receive a quality, enthusiast grade, power supply no matter what one you choose.


Rest assured that the 1000W SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution power supply is just as good of a bargain as the rest of them and if you're torn between the three, all you need to do is calculate your wattage needs to make the choice.



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