SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1000-PT PSU Review
In today's world of PC hardware, it is not exactly easy to build a system worthy of needing 1000 watts of power, but if you happen to be doing that, the SilverStone Strider Platinum series has a solid unit that likely fits your budget while ticking off all the high end check boxes, especially efficiency.
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 another member of the Strider Platinum line of power supplies, the ST1000-PT, which is produced in conjunction with Enhance.
Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd. was founded almost 30 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 GIGABYTE, as well as the occasional Enhance branded model.
It's A Big SilverStone, But Is It Precious?
The SilverStone ST1000-PT is far from the first power supply we have seen from SilverStone over the years. Among the SilverStone units that we have seen, we have seen a number of large capacity units (such as today's ST1000-PT) even if most users think of SilverStone for their smaller formfactor products. As has been the case with their small formfactor offerings, SilverStone has been a steady, reliable presence in this arena for years. In addition to this, our previous examples of units from the Strider Platinum line (albeit smaller in capacity) have been solid power supplies. So, from that perspective, we certainly expect another good, quality performance out of SilverStone today with the ST1000-PT. If everything went as expected though, I would have won the lottery by now. So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves with the whole "at a boy" thing for SilverStone's newest offering, let's see what they have to say about this unit and then let's dig into it:
To meet the ever higher requirements imbued by professional users and enthusiasts alike, SilverStone created the Strider Platinum series power supplies. The Strider Platinum models are built on similar platform as the award-winning Strider Gold series but with even higher efficiency ratings.
In addition to 80 PLUS Platinum level efficiency, the ST1000-PT and ST1200-PT are equipped with SilverStone’s own Air Penetrator fan, which has superb cooling ability and an excellent FF141 fan filter with magnets is even included in the package for use to reduce dust buildup. It is also incredibly quiet with the ability to run in fanless mode. If the loading condition is below 40%, the fan in the power supply can remain off for silent operation during idle or low powered computing activities. Designed for high power consumption graphics cards, multiple individual one-to-one PCI-E 8/6pin connectors and 16 sets of SATA connectors are included for easy component expansion. Other great features such as ±3% regulation, powerful single +12V rail, and 24/7 continuous power output are standard as well. For users looking for a power supply with faultless combination of performance, efficiency, and quality, there is little need to look beyond the Strider Platinum Series.
With that out of the way, let's move on and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the SilverStone ST1000-PT power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.