SilverStone Strider Platinum ST55F-PT 550W Power Supply Review
Peter Donnell / 12 months ago
A Closer Look – Exterior
The first thing we see after unboxing the PSU is a big warning sticker. This lets you know that if the fan isn’t spinning, it’s perfectly normal, as any loads under 20% allow the PSU to run passively, making it completely silent.
The 120mm fan has lots of ventilation on the top of the PSU, with a good quality metal fan guard over the top. While you really shouldn’t take your PSU apart, I do like this design as it does make it a lot easier to clean and maintain the fan.
On the bottom of the power supply, there’s a stamped in Silverstone logo, which will look nice if you have the PSU mounted fan down, as it adds some flair without being overly distracting.
Down the side of the PSU, you’ll find the main specification sticker. As you can see, we’ve got a powerful +12V rail, which can pull 45.9A @ 550W, more than enough to power any of today’s enthusiast grade GPUs.
Not much down the other side, just a few QC stickers. Around the back, a master power switch, lots of ventilation and the mains power socket.
There’s a good range of fully modular connectors on offer, with two PCI connectors, four peripheral connectors, the motherboard 4+4, the 24-pin and then one extra, a 4-pin. That 4-pin is actually a sensor connector, a 4-pin cable feeds back from the 24-pin motherboard end, allowing the PSU to double-check it’s delivering stable voltages; very clever!
All of the included cables are flat, including the 24-pin, so cable management should be nice and easy, as they’ll fit nicely behind your motherboard and around your components.