SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI PSU Review

Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current And Protections

To learn more about our PSU tests and methodology, please check out How We Test Power Supply Units.

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Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation

Load Regulation testing is detailed here.

Hold-Up Time

Our hold-up time tests are described in detail here.

Not only is the hold-up time lower than 17ms, but the power-good signal also drops when the rails are already out of spec. This is a bad way to start our performance evaluation.

Inrush Current

For details on our inrush current testing, please click here.

The inrush current is high with both voltage inputs. A larger NTC thermistor should have been used, along with a bypass relay. 

Load Regulation And Efficiency Measurements

Our first set of tests reveals the stability of the voltage rails, along with the PSU's efficiency. The applied load equals (approximately) 10 to 110 percent of the maximum load the supply can handle, in increments of 10 percentage points.

We conducted two additional tests. During the first, we stressed the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load, while the load at +12V was only 0.1A. This test indicates whether a PSU is Haswell-ready or not. In the second test, we determined the maximum load the +12V rail could handle with minimal load on the minor rails. 

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)Fan Noise
Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
14.912A2.004A1.961A1.006A79.7891.74%70526.0 dB(A)
38.03 °C0.939
11.845V4.993V3.361V4.968V86.9640.20 °C115.1V
210.880A3.001A2.945A1.207A159.6493.83%70526.0 dB(A)38.11 °C0.967
11.839V4.985V3.358V4.957V170.1440.50 °C115.1V
317.221A3.511A3.457A1.413A239.8393.94%70526.0 dB(A)39.07 °C0.980
11.833V4.977V3.353V4.946V255.3042.33 °C115.1V
423.549A4.025A3.940A1.620A319.7493.46%85027.1 dB(A)39.76 °C0.983
11.828V4.972V3.348V4.937V342.1043.32 °C115.1V
529.532A5.030A4.931A1.825A399.6192.85%132037.4 dB(A)41.07 °C0.986
11.823V4.964V3.344V4.926V430.3945.09 °C115.1V
635.534A6.055A5.924A2.033A479.6691.69%183045.0 dB(A)41.71 °C0.988
11.816V4.956V3.341V4.914V523.1646.39 °C115.1V
741.528A7.069A6.918A2.241A559.6090.95%210048.5 dB(A)42.83 °C0.990
11.812V4.949V3.338V4.905V615.2847.96 °C115.1V
847.525A8.093A7.913A2.448A639.5590.17%228048.8 dB(A)44.75 °C0.990
11.808V4.943V3.335V4.895V709.3050.24 °C115.1V
953.968A8.613A8.434A2.450A719.5889.50%228048.8 dB(A)45.49 °C0.992
11.803V4.936V3.331V4.892V803.9951.51 °C115.1V
1060.379A9.130A8.927A2.555A799.3988.88%228048.8 dB(A)46.13 °C0.992
11.796V4.928V3.325V4.885V899.3752.48 °C115.1V
1167.180A9.139A8.947A2.560A879.3688.12%228048.8 dB(A)46.82 °C0.993
11.792V4.924V3.318V4.879V997.9353.65 °C115.1V
CL10.099A14.022A14.005A0.000A118.1786.67%2200 48.7 dB(A)44.18 °C0.960
11.849V4.968V3.380V5.028V136.3548.94 °C115.1V
CL265.960A1.003A1.003A1.002A791.2289.42%2280 48.8 dB(A)44.78 °C0.993
11.795V4.948V3.313V4.923V884.8850.87 °C115.1V

Load regulation is very tight, especially on the +12V rail. This Enhance platform offers excellent voltage stability, though we cannot say the same for ripple suppression. Under tough conditions and with up to 40% of its maximum-capacity load, the PSU's fan rotates slowly, generating minimal noise. The story changes quite a bit under higher load conditions, and the fan spins at full speed with anything above 80% load.

We also discovered the over-temperature protection feature's trigger point of close to 47 °C ambient during our full load and overload tests. Given that this PSU is rated at only 40 °C, OTP looks to be correctly configured.

When it comes to efficiency, the ST80F-TI easily clears the 10% and 20% load test requirements. However, it falls short in the 50% and full load tests with notably lower levels. High ambient temperatures obviously play a key role, keeping this PSU from satisfying the 80 PLUS Titanium requirements. 

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  • JQB45
    Tier-3 and I think I am being generous. I never thought I would see a Titanium rated unit with such poor performance. I base my decision on the 12V ripple and hold up time.
  • gdmaclew
    I'm not surprised that silverstone opted not to supply an on-off switch. In fact, I can see no reason why this brand keeps getting the high ratings it enjoys.
    I bought one 3 years ago to replace a defective PC Power and cooling PSU.
    the Silverstone 80 Plus gold (Strider S series) lasted just 9 months before it started to produce erratic voltage levels. Sent back for a replacement and that one lasted 15 months. I now have that unit's replacement but it is now a spare to my Corsir RX750.
    At least they honored their warranty...twice.
  • maxwellmelon
    http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=648&area=en

    they say ripple on 12 volt spec is 120mv so they don't even say themselves that its going to have a ripple under 100 which the writer of this article was expecting. why expect something that the manufacture of this psu didn't say it would do
  • Andi lim
    Too little Elco and Solid Capacitors on secondary side cause poor ripple and hol up time. Must set new standart, Platinum and Titanium Level should not exceed 50mV on all output rail.