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Today we’re taking a look at one of SilverStone’s top tier power supplies, the 850W ST85F-G Evolution. The Strider Gold Series includes some great models with power options from 750W all the way up to 1200W. Not content with standing still, SilverStone found a way to make this series even better. By replacing the cooling fan with their popular Air Penetrator model, the PSU can run at lower fan speeds while still providing excellent cooling. Internal components have been upgraded as well, resulting in improved performance and efficiency.
The Evolution models still range from 750W up to 1200W and are 80 Plus Gold level efficiency, meaning they must have at least 87% energy efficiency at 20% of rated load, 90% energy efficiency at 50% of rated load and 87% energy efficiency at 100% of rated load. The ST85F-G has a single 70A +12v rail, is 100% modular and even comes with a FF141 magnetic fan filter. Also returning is the use of capacitors on the PCI-E cables to help with voltage stability and to improve ripple and noise performance for attached graphic cards.
These are some nice features, but how does it perform? Check out the full review.
SilverStone has recently released a number of storage based products like USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures for 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives and even a NAS device for your home network. Today we’re reviewing a storage based accessory that’s a little bit different, the CP06 SATA power cable. This is more than just a power cable extension however, as the device includes two 2200μF capacitors to stabilize the power going to your drives. Capacitors have previously been added to power supply PCI-E cables to help protect graphics cards and are now here to protect your hard drives and SSD’s. Is this something that every build should have? Find out after the jump.
The Strider Gold Series is SilverStone’s latest line of power supplies and successor to the Strider Plus line. These new PSU’s share a lot of the features that made the previous models so popular. The Gold Series stays with the fully modular cable design that definitely helps to minimize cable clutter for any PC build. Also returning is the use of capacitors on the PCI-E cables to help with voltage stability and to improve ripple and noise performance for attached graphic cards. The Gold Series PSU’s are 80 Plus gold certified, meaning they must have at least 87% energy efficiency at 20% of rated load, 90% energy efficiency at 50% of rated load and 87% energy efficiency at 100% of rated load. There are currently four PSU’s in the Gold Series ranging from 750W – 1200W. Although we are unable to conduct efficiency testing on PSU’s in our lab, we will be installing the ST75F-G into a test system to gather voltage readings and find out how much power our system is pulling from the PSU.
This is part 3 of our Build a PC 2011. We build a mid-range PC for $1500. This video covers installing all of the parts into the case. We got excellent performance from fairly inexpensive parts by choosing the socket 1155 over the socket 1366. We do plan to upgrade the hard drive to a SSD in the near future to speed up our system boot times and game loads, but we feel that we hit the mark with the budget for the build.
The parts used for our build.
• ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard $220
• Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 Processor $329
• Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler $35
• Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 memory (8GB) $105
• EVGA GTX 570 video card $359.99
• Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB Hard drive $60
• SilverStone Raven 3 (RV03) case $139
• SilverStone ST85-P 850W PSU $149.99
• Samsung SH-S223 DVD Burner $20
• Windows 7 64bit OEM $140
Total build price $1557.98