Silverstone Strider 560w ST56F ATX PSU

Introduction

Introduction

After recently reviewing some of the most monstrous power supplies in the market, namely the Silverstone Zeus 750w and the PCP&C Turbo-Cool 1kw, I thought it was about time I put my feet firmly back on the ground and reviewed some more 'modest' power supplies for the user on a bit of a tighter budget.

Today I'll be looking at the Strider 560w power supply from Silverstone. With Dual Rails and a standard ATX size which should fit any case, including most HTPC/M-ATX machines, will it have the power to complete the package?


Packaging

It's good so see that Silverstone are continuing their professionally styled packaging across their entire power supply range. The packaging makes it easy to pick out Silverstone products among the other brands, and the unit's specifications are clearly visible on all sides of the box.

Silverstone Box Silverstone Box Side

The front and left side of the box show pictures of the power supply along with its vital statistics. The Strider 560w boasts efficiency greater than 80%, Four SATA connectors, SLI / Crossfire ready and Dual +12v rails.

Silverstone Box Side Silverstone Box Specs

The other sides of the box give more detailed information about the unit. From the pictures above we can see that the unit has two +12v rails, each able to provide up to 18a. The unit is cooled by a 120mm fan, which has a noise level of 21dBA minimum. I find it rather strange why Silverstone only quote the minimum noise level of the unit rather than the min/max or even average. This could be slightly deceiving for some users looking for a quiet PSU at a quick glance.

Silverstone Package Silverstone Package

Included in the box are the following items:

- ST56F Manual
- Power Cord
- 4x Black ATX Screws
- 1x Power Supply

I was disappointed to see that Silverstone didn't include a sheet explaining the rail layout of the unit as they did with the previously reviewed Zeus 750w model. However, as the unit only has 2 rails, I would hazard a guess that +12v1 is responsible for Motherboard/Molex power, and +12v2 is responsible for PCI-E cards.

The power supply is protected from scratches by a clear plastic bag, but no other padding to protect the unit from larger knocks was included. This may be a problem if the power supply experiences some rough handling from a courier, but I'm pleased to say that my unit arrived in pristine condition.
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Most Recent Comments

25-05-2006, 10:29:34

JN
So you can't fit a PCP&C 1kw in your case, and the recently reviewed Silverstone Zeus 750w is just a bit too much out of your price range...well maybe it's time you checked out Silverstone's Strider range....

(ooh, and they've got adjustable pots )

Here

25-05-2006, 11:42:18

FarFarAway
Nice as usual Jim

Looks pretty solid. He likes his adjustable pots^

25-05-2006, 11:47:05

JN
Me lurfs adjustable pots
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