Silverstone Zeus 560w ST56ZF ATX PSU

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Unlike some of the other power supplies I've reviewed recently, the ST56ZF is by all means a standard sized ATX PSU. Measuring 150mm x 86mm x 160mm (HxWxD), the Zeus 560w is actually 10mm longer than its brother the Strider, but should still pose no problems fitting in any ATX case.

Weighing 2.5kg, my initial thoughts about this unit being heavier than the Strider are certainly correct.

Zeus 560w Front Zeus 560w Back

Silverstone Side Zeus 560w Light

My initial impressions on the look of this unit were that it is a bit of an 'ugly duckling'. The power supply is sprayed in matt black paint which is all fine, but the back of the unit sports a 'punched' fan grill, rather than making use of a wire fan grill seen on almost all other power supplies. In my opinion this gives the power supply a "computing in the 80's" kind of look.

The ST56ZF has the ability to auto-detect input voltage and switch between 110v/240v accordingly. This means there is no requirement for a voltage selection switch.

Also present on the back of the unit is an LED which shows you the current status. When switching the Power Supply on the LED turns from Red to Green. Only when the LED is Green is DC power supplied to the rails.

The sides of the unit are pretty much standard, with one side being covered with the Silverstone specification sticker, which contains the usual warnings and info.

Zeus 560w Front

The front of the unit is comprised entirely of a mesh grill, which provides the 80mm fan installed in the back of the unit with a supply of air to pull over the massive heatsinks installed inside the unit.
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08-06-2006, 14:11:38

JN
Today I'll be looking at the 560w version of Silverstone's highly acclaimed Zeus series of power supplies. With a single +12v rail providing up to 38a, will it be able to keep up with its dual and triple railed competitors?

Check out the review here

08-06-2006, 15:01:25

Ham
Nice job XMS. Im liking the efficency test! Dam good idea and original.

08-06-2006, 15:08:34

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Nice job XMS. Im liking the efficency test! Dam good idea and original.
Cheers mate. We're aiming to come up with new kinds of testing procedures for all our reviews, so if there is something you'd like to see tested in any of our future reviews, let us know

08-06-2006, 18:44:31

Raven

Most notable of the specifications, is the fact that the ST56ZF only has a single +12v rail rated at 32a which is quite rare in modern day power supplies.



saw this on page 2.

the Zeus 560w is actually 10m longer than its brother the Strider, but should still pose no problems fitting in any ATX case.





yikes a powersupply over 10m long

saw it on page 3.

otherwise it looked good.

liked th enew efficiency testing.

09-06-2006, 03:36:19

JN
Cheers for pointing that out Raven - now corrected

09-06-2006, 06:01:00

FragTek
Yet another fine XMS review
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