Silverstone Strider 600w ST60F Modular PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

I'm a big fan of the concept behind the modular power design, and how it can help reduce clutter and improve airflow inside your case. However no modular unit that I've reviewed to date has really impressed me to the point of making me want to go out and buy one. Most units seem to be underpowered, have unstable rails or strange arrangements of connectors.

Today I'm going to be taking a look at the ST60F 600w Strider power supply from Silverstone which I'm told is based upon the highly acclaimed ST65ZF unit. Hopefully this unit will satisfy my hunger for a modular power source. Let's find out...


Packaging

After reviewing a fair few Silverstone power supplies, I was pretty certain of what to expect in the packaging department. The ST60F comes in a professionally styled box that follows the same design as the rest of their PSU line.

This standardised design 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 ST60F Box Silverstone ST60F Box

The box arrived in a bit of a bad way, with a large dent in the top left corner and scratches all over. Luckily on inspecting the contents nothing was damaged, which was a great relief.

The front and top of the box show pictures of the power supply along with its vital statistics. The Strider 600w boasts full support for ATX12v and EPS12v standards, Quad +12v rails and a quiet running 120mm fan.

Silverstone ST60F Box Silverstone ST60F Box

Flip around to the other sides of the packaging, and we can see that Silverstone have included some information regarding the rail layout, noise output (24dba minimum) and some of the units incorporated safety features such as OCP (over current protection), UVP (under voltage protection), OVP (over voltage protection) and SCP (short circuit protection).

Silverstone ST60F Packaging Silverstone ST60F Packaging

The power supply is protected from scratches by a clear plastic bag, but no other padding to protect the unit from larger knocks has been included. I am quite surprised that the unit did not sustain any cosmetic damage after the packaging appeared to have had quite a rough ride.

The ST60F package contains the following items:

1x Silverstone ST60F manual.
1x ST60F rail distribution leaflet.
4x Black case screws
2x Additional PCI-E cables for Quad-SLI.
1x Power cord.
1x ST60F Power Supply.

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Most Recent Comments

04-09-2006, 06:10:14

JN
"Having reviewed most of the modular PSU's available on the market, I thought it was about time I took a look at Silverstone's ST60F. Designed for SLI but also compatible with Quad SLI, how will this unit perform under our stress tests..."

Here

04-09-2006, 06:28:00

PV5150
Awesome review Jim. I've been ogling over mine since I got it I must admit though I was a little surprised at the rail stability results. Pricepoint here was impressive too though...I got mine for AUS$189 or around 75GBP. Well done, and thanks for the recommendation

04-09-2006, 08:05:26

mrapoc
still not as good as the zeus series then..i wish i could review like this lol

04-09-2006, 08:31:13

FragTek
Definately a pretty slick PSU for the price, but looks as if there might be a few places to look before finally settling with this. It might be the king for this class of modulars though, and Silverstone definately does modular right.

04-09-2006, 09:24:37

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Awesome review Jim. I've been ogling over mine since I got it I must admit though I was a little surprised at the rail stability results. Pricepoint here was impressive too though...I got mine for AUS$189 or around 75GBP. Well done, and thanks for the recommendation
Yeah i was surprised by the stability too considering the oversized internals.

Despite the fluctuation, the +12v rails stayed almost bang on 12.00v, so you cant really complain. It's just not as solid as the Zeus series tis all.

05-09-2006, 03:24:23

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Despite the fluctuation, the +12v rails stayed almost bang on 12.00v, so you cant really complain. It's just not as solid as the Zeus series tis all.
Yeppers agreed, it's still a great little unit
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