SilverStone SX500-G PSU Review

SilverStone recently added two more SFX-based power supplies to its portfolio, featuring 500W and 650W capacities. Besides their super-compact dimensions, the SX500-G and SX650-G sport 92mm fans. That's the largest size you can pack into this form factor. In the past, most SFX PSUs used 80mm fans that spun at high speeds in order to achieve sufficient airflow. As a result, they were typically pretty loud. Although 92mm fans aren't as quiet as the 120mm and 140mm fans found in larger power supplies, they can push the same amount of air at lower speeds than 80mm ones. So, when you pair them up with an efficient platform and an optimized fan speed profile, they offer reasonably quiet operation while keeping temperatures down.

The SX500-G we're evaluating today offers an impressive 630W per liter density. It is fully modular, like most mid-range and high-end SilverStone PSUs. Inside, only Japanese capacitors are used, and there's just one +12V rail, simplifying installation since you don't have to worry about which cable goes to which component.

An 80 PLUS Gold certification is complemented by Cybenetics ETA-A and LAMBDA-S++ ratings, representing efficiency in the 88%-91% range and acoustics between 30-35 dB(A). In general, a PSU that exceeds 30 dB(A) cannot be considered silent. However, we can't forget the SX500-G's compact form factor and relatively high capacity (for an SFX PSU, that is). Neither of those factors help keep noise output low, especially under tough conditions. If you need small dimensions and the least noise possible, consider an SFX-L-based power supply with a 120mm fan.

Specifications

High Power builds SilverStone's SX500-G and SX650-G units with an 80 PLUS Gold-rated platform. As mentioned, the SX500-G is completely modular, and its maximum operating temperature for continuous full-power delivery is limited to 40°C. We can safely assume that a diminutive enclosure is the main reason for this relatively low temperature rating.

A complete suite of protection features leaves us nothing to complain about there.

Of course, we have the 92mm cooling fan, which purportedly employs a fluid dynamic bearing. There is no semi-passive mode. That may seem weird from a highly efficient PSU like this one. But given the SX500-G's compact dimensions, we prefer the fan to keep moving, preventing heat from building up inside.

The three-year warranty seems short compared to higher-end SFX-based PSUs. We do believe, however, that it is better to be realistic when it comes to warranties. Companies that get too optimistic about the longevity of their products run into trouble over time.

Power Specifications

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps222241.72.50.3
Watts11050012.53.6
Total Max. Power (W)500

SilverStone delivers close to 42A on the +12V rail and up to 110W combined on the minor rails. That's not bad for such a small power supply. The 5VSB rail has the usual capacity for a modern unit, at 12.5W.

Cables And Connectors

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)Gauge
ATX connector 20+4 pin (300mm)1116-22AWG
4+4 pin EPS12V (410mm)1118AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (560mm)1118AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (410mm)1118AWG
SATA (310mm+200mm+100mm)2618AWG
Four-pin Molex (300mm+200mm+200mm)1318AWG
FDD Adapter (+105mm)1122AWG

We didn't expect to find a pair of EPS connectors, but it'd be great to at least see four PCIe connectors instead of only two. Although this PSU is primarily destined for small cases, it still packs enough punch to support a gaming PC with two high-end graphics cards installed.

The cable length is pretty short, showing that this PSU is intended for compact enclosures and not large ATX ones. After all, SilverStone doesn't bundle an SFX-to-ATX bracket, compelling you to use an SFX-compatible chassis.

Finally, the distance between connectors (on the cables with more than one) is adequate.

Power Distribution

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to say about its power distribution.

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