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SilverStone Strider 1500W

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Posted August 7, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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In the world of architecture, there is a famous axiom that "Less is more." However, when it comes to power supplies, it would seem that "More is more". More features and more power are fine, but greater efficiency and better quality are also things that consumers have come to expect from modern power supplies. Indeed, the SilverStone Strider 1500W is a power supply that delivers solid features and performance and does it in style as well.

From a functional standpoint, the Strider has excellent voltage regulation and efficiency, requiring an insanely hungry system to barely tax this beast. With eight rails and 110 Amps available here, you need a system with components worth a small fortune, along with an insanely insatiable appetitie for power and speed just to make this Strider stand up and take notice. And stand up it does, easily handling its workload like a vacuous hole, sucking up everything you toss at it.

The Strider 1500W is also very user-friendly for daily 24/7 operation, running very quietly when idle and load, with the fan managing to keep noise levels impressively low. A wide assortment of sleeved modular cables that support the latest multiple SLI/CrossFire setups, an easy-to-use connection design, a scratch-resistant finish, and a beautiful timeless black aesthetic further add to the positives here.  The cable lengths here are also very generous, notable for those who have full tower cases and are very particularly about their cable management. And with an 80 PLUS Silver rating, this beast is surprisingly nimble in terms of efficiency, something that seems rather ironic given its ability to push 1500 watts.

The only detraction to note here, if we’re being really picky, is that the SilverStone Strider 1500W comes with a 3-year warranty instead of a 5-year one. Three years is still pretty good though, and our experience with SilverStone has been that their customer service is exemplary, so we really don’t have any concerns with "only" three years on the warranty. The Strider is built like a tank with excellent quality components, so you shouldn’t have a problem anyways. This doesn’t come cheap, as one can expect, with the Strider 1500W retailing for approximately $400 at major online vendors, making it one of the most expensive high-end units on the market. However, when you consider there are several competing 1200W units that cost about $40 less, you’re getting an extra 300W of power for only $40 at the top end. If you’re in the market for an elite power supply, then that amount is a pittance when considered as an investment for what you’ve likely spent on the rest of your system. And make no mistake, a purchase like this is indeed an investment, so the mindset is entirely different from mere mortals who "only" need a 750W power supply.

The SilverStone Strider 1500W is an absolute monster power supply in just about every conceivable manner of criteria: it’s huge, heavy, strong, durable, sexy, and expensive. Really, it’s the Alpha Male of power supplies on the market. It can handle anything you can muster, and will provide rock solid stability and power for your most precious system, whether you’re a world record overclocker, Folding@Home guru, or hardcore gamer. The SilverStone Strider 1500W is a very elite power supply for very elite users, and if you’re one of the lucky few who has the need and budget for one, kudos to you.

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SilverStone Strider 1500W

Our thanks go to SilverStone for providing the Strider 1500W for this review.

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