Silverstone Strider 850w ST85F PSU

Conclusion

Conclusion

The ST85F is a very capable power supply that benefits from the quietness of a 135mm fan, has a fully modular cabling system and support for the very latest and upcoming PCI-E 8-Pin graphics cards. Voltage stability and Efficiency are good and Silverstone have also rectified the issue with faulty power switches found on some of the previous Strider series units.

On the down side, it's a shame to see that Silverstone decided to get rid of the adjustable pots (for fine-tuning voltages) on the ST85F as this is a highly desireable feature many enthusiasts will miss. Internal packaging (or lack of) still seems to be a problem, with the Strider falling behind PSU's from other manufacturers at same price point, who manage to use styrofoam inserts at the very least.


Pro's
• Fully modular design.
• Quieter than predecessors thanks to 135mm fan.
• Support for very latest graphics cards.
• Dual rail design for better distribution of available power.
• Reasonable voltage stability and efficiency.

Con's
• Missing the adjustable pots found on previous modular Strider units.
• Voltage stability not quite on-par with the ST75F (possibly due to dual vs. quad rail).
• Packaging still needs work. Some foam inserts make all the difference!


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Thanks to Silverstone for providing this unit for review.

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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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