SilverStone SX800-LTI PSU Review

Packaging, Contents, Exterior & Cabling

Packaging

SilverStone's box is small, and it sports a nice design. Up front, there's a photo of the PSU showing its modular panel. The model number is displayed prominently. An 80 PLUS Titanium badge is located right under that, and it's also quite large (understandably). A power specifications table is located on the top, along with technical specs and a graphical list of available connectors.

Around back, two graphs depict the efficiency and fan noise curves. There is also an illustration of the modular panel. On the same side, SilverStone mentions the flat modular cables, promising tight load regulation and good ripple suppression on all rails as well.

Another interesting piece of information on this side is a sticker in the bottom-right corner mentioning the PSU's version number. On our sample, it's "V1.0". We've mentioned this before, but SilverStone is one of the only companies that clearly defines the version number of its products on its packaging.

Contents

Protection inside the box is top-notch; packing foam surrounds the PSU.

A black box contains all accessories, along with the modular cables. SilverStone's bundle includes two sets of screws, the AC power cord, and a pair of user manuals included with all of the company's PSU products. Unfortunately, SilverStone doesn't include the SFX-to-ATX bracket that'd allow this PSU to be installed in a normal ATX case.

Exterior

There is a yellow ribbon around the PSU stating that its fan will not spin under light loads or low temperatures. Naturally, you need to remove this before proceeding with the PSU's installation.

The front exhaust grille employs the popular honeycomb design, and the unit's power switch is installed under the AC receptacle (with the fan facing upwards).

A power specifications label is applied to one of the PSU's sides. On the other side, you'll find three stickers, one of which indicates the SX800-LTI's version number.

The modular panel's sockets are covered by silicone caps that you have to remove prior to installation. In total, there are nine sockets. A diagram right below the panel shows which connector goes where.

Since this is an SFX-L-based power supply, its dimensions are compact. At the same time, the enclosure is large enough to accommodate a 120mm fan. The larger cooler generates less noise than the 92mm and 80mm fans found in smaller SFX PSUs.

Cabling

All of SilverStone's cables are short, flat, and composed of dark wires, enabling a stealth effect in cases with black-painted interiors. We prefer flat cables to round ones; they block less airflow and are easier to route inside the chassis.

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  • shrapnel_indie
    I know a guy that used to work for SLM at one time in his life. On one of the products for the company brands owned, he could mod it (it was a musical instrument amplifier) for just a couple of pennies and could have saved the company large sums of money on warranty work and improve reliability. He proposed the change, and it was denied because it broke the price-point, and warranties would cover any issues anyway.

    When bean-counters run the show, products will suffer, just so the price-point isn't exceeded and (now days particularly, immediate) profits are maximized. Makes me wonder if Silverstone listened to their bean-counters a little too much.
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  • Aris_Mp
    The thing I appreciate in SilverStone is that they didn't follow the marketing war in the warranty periods. For me it is really weird to see 10-12 years warranty in PSUs. Now with the mining craziness many companies are trying to find ways to get out of this.
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  • SilverStone Guy
    Anonymous said:
    When bean-counters run the show, products will suffer, just so the price-point isn't exceeded and (now days particularly, immediate) profits are maximized. Makes me wonder if Silverstone listened to their bean-counters a little too much.


    If bean-counters had their way, a PSU like this would have never been released in the first place! It's a very niche product that will not sell in significant quantities. Implementing sleeve bearing fan was not a cost-cutting move, it was out of necessity to keep the PSU noise low for the intended applications. At the time of development, FDB version of this fan was not yet available to us.
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