The SilverStone Strider Plus 500W is basically a good power supply with a fully modular connector system. The number of connectors and their distribution on the cables could be better, and there are no noteworthy features outside of the modular cables. During the load test the regulation of the output voltage is sufficient, and the efficiency is high for an 80 Plus Bronze model. The contents of the package are also very satisfying.

The power supply uses a well known layout from FSP, and it's a cheaper design. The PSU is nothing special, corresponding to what we have seen in many other models. The EMI filtering is well equipped, but a varistor in the entrance would be an advantage. All output cables should be proteced with heatshrinks, and while some of them are we would like to see the others protected as well. The relatively low-end OST and CapXon capacitors are acceptable for a PSU in this range, while the fan is pretty low-end as well. The result is higher acoustic noise than some other PSUs.

As our test shows, the power supply can provide the rated output without any complications. The efficiency at 10% could be somewhat higher, but few will notice the loss of a few extra watts. The voltage regulation on our crossload test 2 could also be better, but this is a typical problem for this kind of converter. The ripple and noise voltage is always low, and the power factor is high at all loads and input voltages.

The delivery contents of the power supply are quite remarkable. The many cable ties and illustrated manual are more typical of higher price class PSUs. While some will want more than three Molex connectors (on a single cable no less), the six SATA plugs are adequate. The 24-pin and 4+4-pin connectors are 55cm long, which is enough for most larger cases. The two 6/8-pin PCI-E cables might be better on separate cables as well, but for users with a single GPU the close proximity of the connectors can be useful, particularly in smaller cases. The sleeving could also be better, but this is a matter of taste and qualitatively not a disadvantage.

You can find the SilverStone Strider Plus online starting at around $70, which is by far the cheapest price for a fully modular 80 Plus Bronze power supply. On the other hand, if you don't need modular cables, you can find the Antec HCG 520W starting at $56, or the non-modular Strider Plus 500W will set you back $60 (with a $10 mail-in rebate). The competition also includes the popular and very favorable OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W, which you can now get for $30 after $20 MIR. If you prefer a quiet PSU and don't need modular cables, our pick of the bunch would be the HCG-520W; however, the modular SilverStone Strider Plus 500W is still an attractive offer.

Voltage Regulation, Ripple and Noise; Efficiency and PFC


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  • Etern205 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The benefits of modular PSU is you get to keep your wiring job.
    Let' s say you spend a lot of effort to get wiring job the way you like.
    When the PSU dies you don't have redo the entire wiring job, just
    unplug the cables from the PSU, grab a new one and that's it.
  • JarredWalton - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Except, if my PSU dies on me, I'm unlikely to want to get the exact same PSU again (I suppose I might do it under warranty, though). If I buy a new PSU, most modular cables aren't interchangeable, so you end up rewiring most of the time regardless. The real benefit of modular is that if you only have an HDD, SSD, DVDR, and GPU, you don't have three or five unused cable harnesses cluttering up your case interior. That's good for airflow, ease of access, and appearance. Reply
  • cjs150 - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    It rather depends on why it died.

    I have proved empiracally that PSUs and coffee cups do not mix well together!

    In that circumstance I am happy to get a new PSU of exactly the same make.

    To be fair I only ever really used a couple of brands of PSU and have found that the modular cables were interchangeable
  • futurepastnow - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Exactly. I bought a couple of modular Antec PSUs back in the day. Both were good when they were new, and I even bought a spare cable pack since I needed a couple more Molex connectors for a fileserver one went in.

    Both of those power supplies are bad now, and I have a big box of cables I'll never be able to use again.

    I am done with modular power supplies. I can tie extraneous cables up and tuck them away somewhere.
  • AnnihilatorX - Sunday, October 16, 2011 - link

    I don't understand? You are saying those cables are a waste? How does that compare to when non-modular PSU dies, the only difference being the cables are attached permanently? You can always ebay off your extra cables Reply
  • Rick83 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Only if you get a compatible cabling kit - sometimes with updates they break that.
    Other times, after your PSU broke, you might not want to get a new one from the same manufacturer due to the bad experience ;)
  • ckryan - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The benefits of modular, especially full modular designs, are more than just ease of replacement when it comes to replacing a defective PSU. First, if my PSU were to die, I'm grabbing a spare out of the closet while the unit get's RMA'd, mitigating the need to just leave cables in place for the replacement. Secondly, with some case layouts, removing the PSU can help ease removal and installation of other components, while just leaving the PSU and removing the cables can help in other cases. Mainly, I swap components out in my own system all the time and having a modular PSU means I can add and remove cables as needed. As a bonus, I get better appearance and somewhat better airflow. It just sucks having a bunch of spaghetti wire hanging in the middle of the system like kudzu, even if it can be placed out of the way. That makes a PSU feel extra cheap, and even if the modular benefits were only in my head I would still think it mandatory (speaking only for myself). Reply
  • ckryan - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I have the OCZ Modxstream Pro 500w, a Sirtec built 80+ standard with purported almost bronze levels of efficiency and good voltage regulation. It's not really indicated in the last paragraph, but the OCZ is semi modular. For the price you can't beat it, but if you have a little more money to spend, the Seasonic X series is cheap right now as well.
  • magnetik - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I've always wanted to see a power supply review that reports on how well the PSU holds up with *all* of its connectors used. I mean, if a manufacturer includes so many connectors, then they should expect at least one consumer to be using all of them.

    I know that the results of such a test would depend heavily on the current drawn at any given time during the test by each component, but I think the sheer spectacle would be interesting nonetheless.

    For example, this review could have included an image of the PSU hooked up to a current hungry X58 board, a GTX 580, 3 Blu-ray drives, 3 SATA hard drives, 2 Molex hard drives, a fan controller, and a floppy drive. I think it would make for a great load test, if the review could manage to load all the devices at once, and a nice sanity check of what the PSU is capable of.

    Care to oblige? : )
  • abscode - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Load testing doesn't require all the connectors to be used. That's not how electricity works. All the 5v pins, for example, are connected to each other inside the unit. Pulling 1 amp from one connector and 1 amp from another connector is the same as pulling 2 amps from one connector. Reply

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