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SilverStone SX1000 SFX-L Power Supply Review

The SilverStone SX1000 is the strongest small form factor PSU money can get you today.

SilverStone SX1000 SFX-L
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Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details about our transient response testing, please click here.

In the real world, power supplies are always working with loads that change. It's of immense importance, then, for the PSU to keep its rails within the ATX specification's defined ranges. The smaller the deviations, the more stable your PC will be with less stress applied to its components. 

We should note that the ATX spec requires capacitive loading during the transient rests, but in our methodology, we also choose to apply a worst case scenario with no additional capacitance on the rails. 

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.071V11.924V1.22%Pass
5V5.029V4.938V1.81%Pass
3.3V3.325V3.226V2.98%Pass
5VSB5.055V5.023V0.63%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.070V11.912V1.31%Pass
5V5.030V4.940V1.79%Pass
3.3V3.325V3.230V2.86%Pass
5VSB5.055V5.023V0.63%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.069V11.947V1.01%Pass
5V5.030V4.928V2.03%Pass
3.3V3.325V3.209V3.49%Pass
5VSB5.055V5.022V0.65%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.039V11.945V0.78%Pass
5V5.006V4.906V2.00%Pass
3.3V3.301V3.198V3.12%Pass
5VSB5.020V4.985V0.70%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.038V11.943V0.79%Pass
5V5.006V4.906V2.00%Pass
3.3V3.301V3.198V3.12%Pass
5VSB5.020V4.989V0.62%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.039V11.957V0.68%Pass
5V5.006V4.907V1.98%Pass
3.3V3.301V3.189V3.39%Pass
5VSB5.020V4.990V0.60%Pass

The transient response at 12V is among the best we have ever seen in this form factor category, meeting eye-to-eye many normal dimensions PSUs with similar capacity. Transient response is also good on the other rails. 

Turn-On Transient Tests

In the next set of tests, we measure the PSU's response in simpler transient load scenarios—during its power-on phase. Ideally, we don't want to see any voltage overshoots or spikes since those put a lot of stress on the DC-DC converters of installed components.

The voltage overshoot at 5VSB is quite high, at 5.53V, exceeding the limit. On the other hand, both 12V waveforms are close to perfect.

Power Supply Timing Tests

There are several signals generated by the power supply, which need to be within specified, by the ATX spec, ranges. If they are not, there can be compatibility issues with other system parts, especially mainboards. From year 2020, the PSU's Power-on time (T1) has to be lower than 150ms and the PWR_OK delay (T3) from 100 to 150ms, to be compatible with the Alternative Sleep Mode.

PSU Timings Table
T1 (Power-on time) & T3 (PWR_OK delay)
LoadT1T3
20%156ms130ms
100%155ms131ms

The PWR_OK delay is within the 100-150ms region, but the Power-On time is higher than 150ms, so the PSU does not support the alternative sleep mode.

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represents the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' lifespan because it causes them to run hotter. A 10-degree Celsius increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50%. Ripple also plays an important role in overall system stability, especially when overclocking is involved.

The ripple limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

Test12V5V3.3V5VSBPass/Fail
10% Load14.2 mV6.9 mV10.8 mV9.3 mVPass
20% Load19.9 mV8.6 mV12.2 mV10.8 mVPass
30% Load26.4 mV9.6 mV13.5 mV12.5 mVPass
40% Load31.3 mV10.2 mV14.6 mV14.1 mVPass
50% Load36.4 mV11.0 mV15.9 mV14.9 mVPass
60% Load40.2 mV11.3 mV16.7 mV16.7 mVPass
70% Load46.7 mV12.4 mV17.7 mV17.9 mVPass
80% Load53.7 mV12.6 mV19.9 mV19.5 mVPass
90% Load60.2 mV13.4 mV20.7 mV20.0 mVPass
100% Load71.7 mV14.5 mV22.4 mV22.7 mVPass
110% Load81.8 mV15.2 mV23.2 mV24.5 mVPass
Crossload 121.6 mV9.7 mV16.9 mV11.7 mVPass
Crossload 272.4 mV14.0 mV20.4 mV22.6 mVPass

Ripple suppression is not so good at 12V. More filtering caps should be used, but the relatively small PCB sets the limits there. Cables with inline caps could be the solution for lower ripple at 12V, but most users don't like bulky cables, and we are on the same track.

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110% Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & Peak EMI Detector Results

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of a device to operate properly in its environment without disrupting the proper operation of other nearby devices.

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other nearby devices if too high. For example, it can be the cause of increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.

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There are some high spurs, exceeding the limits, with the average detector, but things are way better with the peak EMI detector. 

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Aris Mpitziopoulos
Contributing Editor

Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.

  • littlechipsbigchips
    Why would anyone need 1000 watts in small itx case ? it will only take one GPU anyways and no one needs 1000 watts for that.
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  • anonymousdude
    littlechipsbigchips said:
    Why would anyone need 1000 watts in small itx case ? it will only take one GPU anyways and no one needs 1000 watts for that.

    If you want to stay around 50% load for max efficiency then this needed. Especially when people cram like a 3090 and a 5950x/ into an ITX with custom water cooling and stuff just because they can. Alternatively they might be a modder where they need the smaller PSU for some reason. Definitely a niche product though.
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  • COLGeek
    I have the 700w version of this in a Fractal Design ITX case. It does not ship with the bracket necessary to mount to an ATX PSU location. Just sharing for others to be aware of.

    Nearly silent PSU, by the way.
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  • junglist724
    littlechipsbigchips said:
    Why would anyone need 1000 watts in small itx case ? it will only take one GPU anyways and no one needs 1000 watts for that.
    My 3090FE trips OCP on my SF750 platinum in several games at 4K. Asus even said they measured up to 940W peak power draw from a 3090 in a recent video showcasing their new Thor PSUs. oy65PZCTIlc:2270View: https://youtu.be/oy65PZCTIlc?t=37m50s
    Reply