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August 11, 2010 9:00:33 AM

Hello everybody,

Can someone tell me what's the difference between the Strider Essential Series & the normal Strider Series?

I tried to compare the specifications but I got lost with all the technical jargons...

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a c 275 ) Power supply
August 11, 2010 10:04:55 AM

The two Essential Series models are 80+ certified, modular, and feature a single 12v rail.
The Strider Series are dual rail not all are 80+ ccertified and they don't have modular cables.
August 11, 2010 2:34:12 PM

With wha you mentioned, do these features make the essential series "better"?
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August 12, 2010 4:49:43 AM

Are you sure they are modular...from the Silverstone site it doesn't mention for a budget PC I should get the Essential series since its cheaper right?
a c 311 ) Power supply
August 12, 2010 5:05:08 AM

The strider essentials are likely made by a new OEM and thats why they went from dual to single rails. There dont appear to be any significant upgrades from the basic striders at the same wattage but a 34A 12V rail on a 500W unit and a 25A rail on a 400W unit and calling them "class leading" on their site is just a lie.

Doesnt really matter which one you go with they will perform very similarly and are probably rated for identical outputs so go for the cheaper one of them if those are your only options.

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August 12, 2010 6:11:18 AM

So let's do a head to head:

Silverstone Strider Essentials ST50F-ES

-500w (80+ standard)
-safety features: OVP, OCP, UVP, SCP
-local price ~$58

Corsair CMPSU-VX550

-550w (80+ standard/bronze?)
-non modular
-safety features: OVP, OCP, OPP, UVP, SCP
-local price ~$90

for a PC with these specs:

amd phenom II x4 945 (3.0 Ghz)
asus m2n68-am se2
nvidia gts250 1GB
2 GB kingston ddr2 pc667
1 sata drive
1 dvd burner
20" LED monitor

Now, I understand the argument "dont gimp on PSU.. if you can spare the $30+ go for it.." etc
BUT, if the ST50F-ES is almost 60% of the price of the corsair, and is probably as reliable (both are 80+), should there be any reason telling me i should still get the corsair?

I would like to hear justification that the extra $30 i would have shelled out for getting the corsair is worth every penny as compared to just getting an ST50F-ES.

August 12, 2010 7:14:29 AM

Seems like the ST50F-ES has been getting quite good reviews too...I guess for a budget build that's the best way to & reliable...unless anyone can say different...
August 12, 2010 7:28:40 AM

In fact i've had my eye on the ST50F-ES for a long time and am planning to buy it this weekend and if someone does say different then I wouldnt get a corsair vx550...

Here's to hoping no one does :) 
August 12, 2010 7:42:58 AM

Please...if anyone has had some bad experience with the Strider Essential Series can you please tell me cos I don't want to buy it & later have someone told me it blew up & fried their rig...
August 12, 2010 8:29:18 AM

I have this Silverstone PSU and I'm very happy with it. It is very quiet and haven't had any problems to date (about 3 months).
August 12, 2010 10:35:49 AM

would greatly appreciate more feedback for this thread. Thanks!
a b ) Power supply
August 12, 2010 3:31:34 PM

Its the same review i linked above!!! :D 
August 12, 2010 3:42:22 PM

Unfortunately the review you linked is not a Strider-Essentials series PSU. Lol, now im lost hehe.
September 24, 2010 7:09:10 AM

Best answer selected by jabbrun.
a b ) Power supply
September 24, 2010 7:39:01 AM

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