SilverStone is one of the most reputable PC chassis and PSU manufacturers worldwide. The company is no stranger to AnandTech as we reviewed a plethora of their products during the years. However, it has been a long time since we reviewed one of their high-end power supply units; as a matter of fact, ever since the review of the Zeus 1200W PSU seven years ago, we have only been reviewing their least powerful PSU models. As a result, SilverStone supplied us with their currently most powerful model - the Strider Gold S 1500W (ST1500-GS).

SilverStone has some very interesting things to say about the Strider Gold S 1500W PSU. These include the fully modular design, 80Plus Gold certified, compact design, strict performance standards and a frightening price tag of $350. However, what is even more terrifying is that it has been rated for continuous operation at 40°C, not 50°C like the majority of manufacturers do for their high-end models. This is not in any way illegitimate as this is the normal rating for the operating temperature of consumer PSUs and other companies do rate some of their units at 40°C as well. However, a $350 PSU rated at 40°C comes with an element of shock, especially when considering our recent review units which have also had a 40ºC limit. 

Power specifications ( Rated @ 40 °C )
AC INPUT 100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
RAIL +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 +5Vsb -12V
MAX OUTPUT 25A 25A 70A 70A 3.5A 0.3A
150W 1440W 17.5W 3.6W

Packaging and Bundle

The packaging of the Strider Gold S 1500W PSU is modest and sturdy, with a wealth of information to be found on the sides and the back of the box. The artwork is dark and very simple, as SilverStone always prefers focusing their efforts on beautifying the product itself. Inside the box, the PSU is protected very well within a polyethylene foam shell and a nylon bag.

SilverStone provides a good bundle with the ST1500-GS, consisting of a good manual, an AC power cable, a nylon fan filter guard, a few cable ties, four long cable straps and two sets of black screws (one normal set and one set of thumbscrews). The fan filter is magnetic but it can also be screwed in place if necessary.

We should note that the AC power cable included this PSU is not a standard C13 plug but a C19 plug, as shown on the unit below.

The ST1500-GS is a fully modular PSU, down to the ATX 24-pin cable. Every cable is a sleeveless, flat "ribbon" type, made using all black wires and connectors. This includes the ATX cable and the CPU/PCI-E 12V connectors. Only the blue connectors at the PSU side of the PCI Express power cables stand out against the vantablack-like design. The ATX cable also has a 4-pin voltage sensing connector that needs to be connected to the PSU separately.

The SilverStone Strider Gold S 1500W PSU
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  • Sabresiberian - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    "Albeit crude, the assembly quality certainly has room for improvement but it does not cause reliability concerns. "

    It might not cause concerns for you, but it sure does for ME.

    I think we need a new set of standards to judge PSUs by. Long gone are the days when Tomshardware and others demonstrated that most PSUs designed for desktop computers were simply bad and it didn't take much digging to find out the truth of the matter. Now brand name companies and manufacturers up and down the line understand how to pass tests in reviews and build their PSUs to do so. Good news, we are less likely to buy one that fries our build in its lifetime.

    Bad news, PSUs like this one slip in to the category of "acceptable" along with far better built devices. Name brands like Silverstone hide the fact that they farm their business out to the lowest bidder and some of their PSU lines are far from good or reliable. A bit of sloppy work here or there might not seem all that important until you think about how time and use magnify those weaknesses and can easily cause them to become real problems. And with a PSU, "real problems" can translate to a fried mainboard, CPU or other components that get taken out when it self-destructs.

    Assembly quality is where engineering meets the real world, and a PSU is only as good as its weakest solder joint.
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - link

    35 dB at 250 watts, 38 dB at 550 watts, 39 dB at 650 watts...

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