Silverstone Strider 850w ST85F PSU

Appearance

Appearance

The ST85F is finished in a matt black lead-free paint and has a minimal amount of shine. As you can see from the image showing the top of the ST85F below, the sample unit I received had several scratches in its paintwork.

A more severe case of this was seen on the previous ST75F review and the problem raised with Silverstone. However, as the ST85F wasn't packaged any better it looks like we can see this problem repeating itself.

Silverstone ST85F Back Silverstone ST85F Top

Silverstone ST85F LED Silverstone ST85F LED

The back of the unit is vented with a honeycomb mesh grill complete with an LED status indicator that changes from red to green when the PSU is powered on. You may also notice that there is no 110/240v switch present. This is because the ST85F, like many other modern PSU's is able to auto-detect the input voltage.

A welcome change to the ST85F over the previous Strider models has to be the use of a new power switch. Many people seem to have had problems with the switches on the older Strider units and hopefully this change has permenantly resolved the issue.

Silverstone ST85F Side Silverstone ST85F Bottom

I've always admired the Silverstone Strider modular range for providing the ability to tweak the units output voltages via adjustable potentiometers on the side of the unit. However, on the ST85F it would seem that Silverstone have done away with this great feature. Lets hope that the rail stability is good enough to warrant not needing this.

Due to the increased fan size on the ST85F (135mm vs 120mm), the bottom of the unit is now almost entirely consumed by the fan and it's grill. This makes the unit slightly more visually appealing than the ST60F and ST75F that utilised a 120mm fan placed in an off-centre position.

Silverstone ST85F Front

Just like the ST75F, the ST85F comes with a total of 11 modular connectors. You will also notice that the ST85F is fully modular, and therefore all cables including the ATX and EPS connectors can be removed if required.

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Most Recent Comments

30-01-2007, 08:42:50

JN
"Just over 3 months ago we had the oportunity to review Silverstone's upgraded 750w model of their original 600w Strider PSU. Today we're back again to see what their latest 850w model has to offer."

Linky

30-01-2007, 09:16:22

Toxcity
Looks pretty good!

Not the best PSU I have ever seen but none the less pretty intresting to compare with others around.

Once again another Awesome reveiw from OC3D!

30-01-2007, 09:38:43

ai_01
one thing i love about the silverstone psu is the sleeving, always impressed by it and i wish other companies would do it just like theirs.

30-01-2007, 12:28:46

markkleb
I like the idea of having the 8pin cables(for future GPUs) But I am kind of sad that they dont aim higher.

I think in the 800Watt and higher market the PSs should cater to "Enthusiast" not the penny pincher bookeepers that seem to run the companies.

The PS 510 I just got has external adjustable pots for voltages. I think they should go 1 step further and add a digital gauge to it.

When I think of Silverstone I think "High End" its a shame they dont feel the same way.
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