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SilverStone Strider Titanium ST60F-TI 600W PSU Review

SilverStone has been on a fairly successful ride with its Strider series of computer power supplies. These units tout excellent efficiency levels all while packing this into an unusually tiny footprint perfect for small form factor system builds. The ST60F-TI brings with it a solid build quality, near silent operation, all while being fully modular.

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 1500W DC output. For this review, we are looking at another addition to SilverStone's newest Strider line, the ST60F-TI , which 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 Thermaltake, as well as the occasional Enhance branded model.

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Is It a Walk Stride Down Memory Lane?

Today's Strider ST60F-TI is the second member of SilverStone's Strider line of power supplies to get the Titanium treatment to pass through our hands. The previous ST80F-TI that we saw turned out to be a very good unit. So, with today's ST60F-TI being very similar but 200W smaller in capacity, we again expect good things from our testing. On top of that, SilverStone has a long history of producing very good units so that just heaps more and more expectations on the ST60F-TI today. Therefore, the ST60F-TI is going to have its work cut out for it. Before moving on to see how it does with all of those expectations, let's see what SilverStone has to say about this unit:

Introduced in 2012, the 80 PLUS Titanium represent the pinnacle of power supply efficiency with requirement of at least 90% conversion efficiency even at the very low 10% loading condition. This stringent standard makes mass producing 80 PLUS Titanium certified power supplies below 1000W extremely challenging. However, as a leader in power supply miniaturization, SilverStone successfully mass-produced a new line of power supplies ── the Strider Titanium series. Their compact design makes them the world's smallest fully modular ATX power supplies with 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency. Other enthusiasts features included are all Japanese capacitors, آ±3% regulation, powerful single +12V rail, 24/7 continuous power output, and multiple PCI-E cables. For those looking to build the most efficient systems possible with great quality, the Strider Titanium is definitely the top choice.

Given that we have already seen with the 800W version of this line, the above copy is nothing new. So, let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases the ST60F-TI power supply at retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.