SilverStone Strider 1500w

9.9 Overall Score

The Strider 1500w arrived in a box that is both heavy and large. A good amount of pertinent information can be found printed on the outside.

Opening the box, we can see that the PSU is firmly shrouded in foam, which should protect it from all but the worst shipping abuse.

Peeling away the layers of packaging, we can finally see the PSU- and it’s a big one. Turns out the large box was justified. Take note of the jumbo sized bundle of cables.

Included in the box is a nice set of items. Some Velcro strips and zip ties are included for cable management. Also included are screws to mount the PSU, or if you prefer, thumbscrews are included for the same purpose. A handy cable bag is included to store your unused modular cables. Of course, the obligatory power cord is included.

Also included with the Strider 1500w is a good selection of documentation. The one on the left is the manual which includes, among other things, a step by step installation guide. It is very detailed, down to the point where it actually shows the steps on how to remove your old power supply. Pictures are included with every step. On the right, we have a book of specifications complete with tables showing load ranges and output ripple specifications. This is also very detailed, and even includes a diagram of how to test the PSU. Fortunately we at XCPUs already know how.

Pulling the PSU from its box, we can see that it has a wide assortment of connectors including:

  • One 20+4 (24 Pin) ATX connector
  • One 4+4 (8 Pin) ATX 12v connector
  • One 8 Pin ATX 12v connector
  • Twelve 4 Pin Molex connectors
  • Twelve SATA power connectors
  • Four Floppy power connectors
  • Four 6+2 (8 Pin) PCIe power connectors
  • Four 6 Pin PCIe power connectors

As seems to be a trend on larger power supplies as of late, the manufacturer has been kind enough to provide a second ATX 12v connector. Most users will never make use of both, but most dual socket motherboards do require two 12v connectors. 12 each of SATA and Molex connectors is probably overkill for the average user, but then again, what average user buys a 1500w PSU?

From the above picture, it is clear to see that this is a modular PSU. Every connector on the power supply is modular, including the ATX connector. This is because SilverStone offers a short cable set for the Strider series PSUs, which could be useful for Small Form Factor PCs, or to help with cable management in smaller cases. The short cable set can be found here. SilverStone has provided us with a few pictures of the SilverStone Strider 1500w unit in one of their Sugo SG04 chassis.

 

If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it. Impressive indeed. I’m sure you can see how the short cable set could be useful in this application.

Take note that you cannot actually connect all of the cables at once to the power supply. There are 4 more cables than there are sockets on the power supply. No complaints about the quality of the sleeving.

SilverStone has opted to use a 20A connector on the back of the PSU. Due to the high power draw of this power supply, this seems like a logical choice. Just don’t lose your power cord.

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