Silverstone Strider 600w ST60F Modular PSU
Published: 4th September 2006 | Source: Silverstone | Price: |Load Testing
In order for the results from all current and future PSU reviews to remain fair and comparable, Overclock3D uses a custom built Power Supply load stress tester.
The tester will be placing the following loads on each of the ST60F's rails:
+3.3v - 20a Load
+5.0v - 20a Load
+12v1 - 10a Load
+12v2 - 10a Load
+12v3 - 10a Load
+12v4 - 10a Load
The results are collected from a Mastech MAS-345 Multimeter which logs its readings via RS232 to a PC.
Efficiency tests are performed by measuring the wattage consumed by the power supply at the mains against the power (in watts) consumed by the OC3D power supply stress tester.
The results may not be as accurate as those produced by professional testing equipment, but will certainly come in handy when comparing several power supplies against each other.
At present Overclock3D doesn't have the professional equipment required to reliably measure the noise output of devices. However, as a new part of our testing procedure we will be recording the PSU at idle and load so that you can make your own judgments. All recordings are taken at 30cm distance from the unit outside of a PC case.
Idle Recording - Download
Load Recording - Download
At idle the unit was very silent. All that could be heard at around 30cm away was the gentle whooshing of air from the 120mm fan. If the unit was installed inside a PC enclosure I am confident that the noise would be totally dampened.
Under load conditions the ST60F did start to get a bit noisy. Yet again, with the power supply installed in a case and the door shut, the noise would have been reduced to more acceptable levels - but maybe slightly more than HTPC/Silent PC users would like.