SilverStone Strider Platinum 1,000W Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone
UK price (as reviewed):
MSRP £150 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed): MSRP TBC

SilverStone is better known to readers as the producer of high-quality chassis for all sizes of PCs. Yet it has also forged a solid reputation as a source for quality PSU units, and it specialises in smaller form factor designs suited for a growing number of itty-bitty cases.

That's not to say the usual ATX form factor has been neglected. Far from it, and further evidence of the company's ambition to cater for the true enthusiast has been revealed with the launch of the Strider Series ST1000-PT - an 80 Plus Platinum-rated supply that, on first glance, appears to tick many of the right boxes. Don't confuse this new supply with the incumbent ST1000-P, which is a lesser model endowed with Silver efficiency status.

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SilverStone prioritises performance over looks. The chassis, measuring 150mm wide, 86mm high and a reasonable 180mm deep has been used before. This is no shrinking violet, either, as the 3.3kg weight is above average for a PSU of this ilk. SilverStone is one of the few companies to quote the power-per-litre characteristics of its PSU, ostensibly because it can pack so much in, and this model, albeit large, delivers 431W per litre.

The fan is slightly unusual insofar as it's 139mm in diameter, meaning it's a touch bigger than the one found on the Silver-rated model, and we appreciate the fact that, in normal conditions, it doesn't switch on until around 400W and then steadily climbs in speed to 1,600 RPM. SilverStone's package also includes a handy, 140mm x 140mm dust filter that magnetically attaches around the fan to limit dust ingress.

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The unit is supplied with a bevy of flat cables as befits a high-end supply. All told, the 24-pin main ATX is augmented by two 8-pin for motherboards. Graphics is well catered for, as well, with a total of six 8-pin (550mm). Got SATA drives galore? You're covered, as the ST1000-PT offers four runs of four (16 in total), as well as six Molex and a couple of floppy. If you don't want, or need, such cabling extravagance, SilverStone offers a PP05-E short-cable kit as an optional upgrade.

Thinking about the wattage and surfeit of cables, this £150 supply is best used in a workstation/super-high-end PC setup; anything else is a waste of its capabilities.

Amps/watts and voltage3.3V5V12V1-12V-5VSB
Rail amps22A25A83A0.3A2.5A
Maximum rating120W996W3.6W12.5W
Maximum rating continuous1,000W @ 40°C ambient

The specifications pull no punches and offers the expected full capacity down the single 12V line. Of slight disappointment is the 40°C ambient rating, rather than 50°C we have seen on the competition's leading supplies.

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Inside, SilverStone uses an Enhance-built unit. The PT series is also available at at a higher 1,200W capacity, also built by Enhance, while a quartet of lower-wattage supplies - 550W, 650W, 750W, and 850W - are built by High Power. Coming back on point, this 1,000W model is backed by a five-year warranty.
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