I've had a Silverstone Strider from back in the day (we're talking about ten years old) in my original PC build (now revised several times). The old unit's seen three major rebuilds and many, many upgrades large and small over that decade. It was kicking donkey and taking names, and finally started showing signs of possible instability. I can only owe it to the failsafes that it cut itself off when things started going sideways instead of frying my box or any components, and it was with great honor that the old PSU was retired after such awesome service.
Enter the (many) next-gen version, same wattage...modular cables FTW as always! Build quality was markedly different for something ten years newer, but I guess that's cheaper parts and whatnot for you. It wasn't *bad* but it struck me how much it was different from the old unit. It felt cheaper, a little less solid, but it looked good, and it comes with a nifty little filter screen for the fan. Sadly if you have an upside-down/bottom mount that may not work for you, but the simple magnetic attachment is nice. I kinda gather it's a one-size-fits-all-our-PSUs thing, because it wasn't quite to size but it'd work.
However, the biggest gripe I have with this beastie isn't the performance or even the less-than-stellar fit and finish; it's the fan.
The fan is on or off. And when it's on--holy cow.
The 90s called and want their jet engine back.
The first time it kicked on I was like, uh, did I break it? It is that loud. Like, blow-your-mind loud. Full-blast, either on or off, and it's a DC-10 in your office/living room/mancave when it's on.
Straw meet camel's back, and as such, I bit the bullet and went for this mofo: Corsair AXi Series, AX1200i, 1200 Watt (1200W), Fully Modular Digital Power Supply, 80+ Platinum Certified, which is a bit (er) pricier. I know Corsair's a good brand, but I'd had such an amazing decade with my old Silverstone, I just expected more of the same, maybe better.
The Corsair is SOLID. It is packaged lovingly (and not a little naughtily, you'll know what I mean if you unbox one of these red-lined silk-bag dealies, trust me) and it is clearly made to last. So worth it.
My old Silverstone still sits on a shelf, a monument to a) laziness and b) its nigh-on ten years of solid performance, but this new one found its way back into its box and off to UPS for the return.
To meet the requirements of current and future desktop computers, Silverstone created the Strider Gold S series power supplies. The Strider Gold S models are all new designs engineered to be the smallest, full-modular ATX power supplies at any wattage levels. The Strider Gold S series includes wattage range from 550W to 1500W for a great variety of applications. With short depth designs, all models in the series are among the world's smallest full-modular ATX PSUs. In addition to 80 PLUS Gold level efficiency, the Strider Gold S PSUs are built to meet very high standards in electrical performance with 3% voltage regulation, 3% ripple & noise, and high amperage single +12V rail. Other notable features included are 24/7 40℃ continuous output capability, low-noise fan, and multiple sets of PCI-E cables. For users looking for a power supply with faultless combination of compact size, performance, efficiency, and quality, the Strider Gold S Series is the only choice.