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SilverStone Olympia 1000W Power Supply 7 Year Redux

Many people ask about long term computer power supply testing, and simple truth is that it is too expensive for HardOCP to do in-house as it would require hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of resources. However, we can give the inquisitive a non-scientific look at how well a personal PSU does in our testing 7 years later.

Introduction

Everything that is old is new again. Maybe that is a bit of a stretch but at least one thing that is old is new again and that is the SilverStone Olympia 1000W (OP1000). Astute readers will remember that we first reviewed this unit about 7.5 years ago and in that time lots of things have changed. How many things you might ask? The week prior to that SilverStone PSU review we reviewed the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. How many folks today are still running GPUs from 2007? Probably not many. However, hardware enthusiasts often re-use power supplies through multiple builds as well as over multiple years and so we have often been asked the question, "What happens to a power supply after you have been using it for an extended period and how does it perform relative to when it was new?"

Well, today, we do not have a definitive answer for you. We do not have a scientifically rigorous answer for you. What we do have for you is a single data point as we take a second look at the SilverStone Olympia 1000W power supply we first reviewed in 2007 that has been running in various systems over the last 7 years. In this second look, we will be re-running all of the load tests that we ran initially on this unit and then comparing how this particular sample performed 7.5 years ago to how it is performing now after those intervening 7 years of use.

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Still an Olympic Contender?

For those readers that are new to our reviews or to this product, SilverStone is a company best known for its high quality cases, but its product lines extend into other components such as cooling, PSU, fans, storage, and so on. As a company, Silverstone was founded in 2003 and built up an impressive product repertoire including its power supplies (which are comprised of the Strider, SFX, Nightjar, Gemini, and Zeus model lines that range from 300W to 1500W DC output today in 2015) in a very short time before releasing today's retested product in 2007. In this article, we will be taking our second look at the now discontinued Olympia 1000W (OP1000) which was produced in conjunction with Seventeam.

At the time of the Olympia 1000W's release, SilverStone was positioning this product as a flagship product and that showed from its marketing at the time:

For SilverStone, reaching the 1000 watt milestone is another great opportunity to introduce a new direction for performance enthusiast power supplies. The Olympia OP1000 was built to withstand enormous loading requirements of high-end industrial server PCs at above average temperature of 50آ°C so its ability is unmatched by ordinary power supplies. However, to make this power supply more usable to more enthusiasts, SilverStone engineers altered several parameters such as inclusion of intelligent fan controller that adjust fan speed to run quietly at low to medium load and conversion to a single +12V rail. If the goal is to build a future proof multi-core CPU and GPU system, the OP1000 is a must have with its 80A (88A peak) +12V single rail and 1100W peak power output.

When it came time to see if the rubber met the road, we found that, for its time and place, the SilverStone Olympia 1000W was indeed a premium product as it earned a Gold Award with our conclusion being this:

Rather than wading into the crowded waters that are the 1000W range the SilverStone Olympia entered with a splash. In such a thick field the Olympia 1000W distinguished itself by producing amazing regulation over an 80A 12v spread that is literally unmatched in our reviews to date while giving its user very good efficiency. While the Olympia costs around $340.00 it is likely a solid purchase you won't have to worry about coming back to haunt you. Keep in mind that there are no quality 1000W PSUs that we have seen weigh in much cheaper. The fact is that building a quality 1000W power supply is a cost endeavor for any company.

Without a doubt, users in need of serious power should be looking seriously at the SilverStone Olympia 1000W.

We know the Olympia 1000W started off life as an award winning for its time power supply, but the question today is, has this unit’s performance changed over the last 7 years that this unit has been in normal desktop PC service? Let's move on and see.