SilverStone Strider Gold S ST85F-GS 850W PSU Review

Good things come in small packages and SilverStone continues its Gold S series with smaller fully modular footprints at the 850 watt power level. SilverStone claims Gold level efficiency, tight voltage regulation, a single rail design, low fan noise, and plenty of PCIe outlets. All the things that SilverStone is famous for.

Introduction

SilverStoneTek is a company best known for its high quality cases but its product lines extend into other components such as cooling, power, fans, storage, and so on. As a company, Silverstone has built up this impressive product repertoire in a very short time having been founded in 2003. Today, however we are interested in its power supplies which are comprised of the Strider, SFX, Nightjar, Gemini, and Zeus model lines that range from 300W to 1350W DC output. For this review, we are looking at the 850W model (ST85F-GS) in the Strider Gold S series. This power supply is produced in conjunction with Enhance.

Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd. was founded over 20 years ago in 1986. While a major power supply OEM Enhance is not nearly as well known to most users as some other OEMs as its core business focus has been outside of the desktop market in areas such as servers, embedded, and telecom markets. However, its products have started to surface in the US consumer realm in the last year or so under the likes of SilverStone, Silverpower, Antec, Cooler Master, and now Thermaltake as well as the occasional Enhance branded model.

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Hitting Their Stride Again

Recently, we saw our first example of a power supply from SilverStone’s Strider Gold S series of power supplies and that unit was a good unit overall. Today, we are looking at our second example from this product line with the ST85F-GS being a full 100W larger in capacity compared to the ST75F-GS. Other than that, however, these two units share just about all of the same features, design points, and capabilities with one another. As such, we have a rather well developed set of expectations for this unit today. Before moving on to see if this unit will meet those expectations though, let’s see what SilverStone has to say about this unit:

To meet the requirements of current and future desktop computers, SilverStone created the Strider Gold S series power supplies. The Strider Gold S models are all new designs engineered to be the smallest, full-modular ATX power supplies at any wattage levels.

The Strider Gold S series includes wattage range from 550W to 1500W for a great variety of applications. With short depth designs, all models in the series are among the world’s smallest full-modular ATX PSUs. In addition to 80 PLUS Gold level efficiency, the Strider Gold S PSUs are built to meet very high standards in electrical performance with آ±3% voltage regulation, آ±3% ripple & noise, and high amperage single +12V rail. Other notable features included are 24/7 40℃ continuous output capability, low-noise fan, and multiple sets of PCI-E cables. For users looking for a power supply with faultless combination of compact size, performance, efficiency, and quality, the Strider Gold S Series is the only choice.

As with the recent ST75F-GS, SilverStone is trying to carve itself out a little niche in the "entryish level" 850W 80 Plus gold range of power supplies with the ST85F-GS by going after applications where power supply depth can be an issue. So, let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases the SilverStone ST85F-GS in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.