Silverstone Zeus 560w ST56ZF ATX PSU

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

The weight alone is enough to tell me that this is a well built power supply, however let's take a look inside and find out exactly what is making the ST56ZF so much heavier than its brother, the ST56F.

Zeus 560w Insides Zeus 560w Insides

Zeus 560w Insides Zeus 560w Insides

To say that this power supply is 'jam packed' would be a serious underestimate. Every square inch of the casing is occupied by components, all of which are tidily arranged, but didn't leave me with much room to have a poke around inside to see what I could find.

The oversized aluminium heatsinks attribute to a large portion of the weight, with the rest being mostly down to the huge capacitors hiding beneath them.

Zeus 560w Pots Zeus 560w Etasis

Taking a closer look inside we can see that the Zeus 560w possesses an adjustable potentiometer (pot). Pots can be used in most cases to increase the voltage output on a power supplies rails, which can be handy if the outputted voltage drops below what you would consider to be acceptable.

I also noticed that the internals of this power supply are manufactured by a company called Etasis, who are widely know for manufacturing some of the best power supplies in the industry since 1996.

Zeus 560w Fan Zeus 560w Fan

I was pleasantly surprised to see Silverstone using the same Sanyo Denki San Cooler 80mm as installed in their higher-end Zeus 750w PSU we reviewed a few weeks ago. The San Cooler pushes 42cfm at a noise level of 32dBA when running at 12v. This may sound a bit too noisy for some, but we'll see what it's like on the next page.
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Most Recent Comments

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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