SilverStone ST1200-PTS PSU Review: Compact But Powerful

The SilverStone ST1200-PTS is the smallest power supply with 1200W max power available in the market today. So, if you really want so many watts out of such a small PSU, there is no alternative. The unit also manages to achieve low noise output under light and mid loads, something impressive given its overpopulated PCB and the fairly small, 120mm, fan. Nonetheless, performance-wise it doesn't stack up so well against similarly priced and capacity PSUs, which have notably larger dimensions though.

SilverStone is a huge supporter of PSU downsizing with the majority of its portfolio consisting of compact models. The new members of the Strider Plus Platinum line, with 1000W and 1200W capacities, follow this trend and with only 140mm depth, they win the titles of the smallest units in the corresponding categories. The ST1200-PTS is an amazing feat, since despite its small footprint, its 12V rail can deliver up to an impressive 100 Amperes! According to SilverStone, the power density in this unit reaches 664W per liter, while for the ST1000-PTS it is 554W per liter. For comparison purposes, it is worth mentioning that the older ST1200-PT and ST1000-PT models have 40mm more depth, reaching 180mm in total

The ST1200-PTS is 80 PLUS Platinum certified while, in the Cybenetics scale it scores an ETA-A+ efficiency level, which usually is only achieved by Titanium units. This means that it uses a highly-efficient platform for which the Platinum requirements are a walk in the park. The Cybenetics noise certification, LAMBDA-S++, is satisfactory given the PSU's super-small dimensions and the small cooling fan.

Specifications

Manufacturer (OEM)Enhance Electronics
Max. DC Output1200W
Efficiency80 PLUS Platinum, ETA-A+ (91-94%)
NoiseLAMBDA-S++ (30-35 dB[A])
Modular✓ (Fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State Support
Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)0 - 40°C
Over Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Current (+12V) Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Surge Protection
Inrush Current Protection
Fan Failure Protection
No Load Operation
Cooling120mm Rifle Bearing Fan (D12SH-12)
Semi-Passive Operation
Dimensions (W x H x D) 152 x 87 x 142mm
Weight1.99 kg (4.39 lb)
Form FactorATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty5 Years

Power Specifications

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps252210030.3
Watts1201200153.6
Total Max. Power (W)1200

Cables & Connectors

Modular Cables

DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (600mm)1116-22AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (750mm)1116AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (550mm)1116AWGNo
6+2 pin PCIe (550mm+150mm) 4816-18AWGNo
SATA (610mm+140mm+140mm+140mm)2818AWGNo
4 pin Molex (610mm+150mm+150mm) / FDD (+150mm)26 / 218-22AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1400mm) - C13 coupler1116AWG-

All cables are fully modular and the number of provided connectors is satisfactory. The 24-pin ATX and one of the two EPS cables are long enough, but it would be nice if the second EPS along with the PCIe cables were longer. Ideally the second EPS cable should reach 600-650mm and the first PCIe connector should be at 600mm. SilverStone thought though that most likely such a small, in dimensions, PSU would be installed in smaller chassis and not in full-tower ones.

Thankfully the distance between the peripheral connectors is ideal, at 140-150mm. The only downside is the FDD connector, which should be provided as an adapter instead of being fixed on the cables. The majority of users won't need this connector, so why have it permanently installed?

Component Analysis

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General Data
Manufacturer (OEM)Enhance Electronics
PCB TypeSingle Sided
Primary Side
Transient Filter6x Y caps, 3x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV
Inrush ProtectionNTC Thermistor & Relay
Bridge Rectifier(s)1x RS2505M-U1 (600V, 25A @ 150°C)
APFC MOSFETS4x Infineon IPP50R140CP (550V, 15A @ 100C, 0.14Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode2x CREE C3D08060A (600V, 8A @ 152C)
Hold-up Cap(s)2x Nippon Chemi-Con (450V, 560uF, 2000h @ 105C, KMW)
Main Switchers4x Infineon IPP50R140CP (550V, 15A @ 100°C, 0.14Ohm)
IC Driver2x Silicon Labs Si8230BD
APFC ControllerATK AT6101ZS & CM03X Green PFC Controller
Resonant ControllerChampion CM6901T6
TopologyPrimary side: Interleaved PFC, Full-Bridge & LLC converter
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side
+12V MOSFETS8x Infineon BSC014N04LS (40V, 100A @ 100°C, 1.4mOhm)
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters:4x Infineon BSC018NE2LS (25V, 97A @ 100°C, 1.4mOhm)
PWM Controllers: ANPEC APW7160A
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytics: Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000 @ 105C, KY), Rubycon (3-6,000 @ 105C, YXG), Rubycon (6-10000 @ 105°C, ZLH), Suncon (105 °C)
Polymers: Unicon (UPH)
Supervisor ICSITI PS223 (OCP, OTP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelYate Loon D12SH (120mm, 12V, 0.30A, Rifle Bearing Fan)
5VSB Circuit
Rectifier1x PFR10V45CT SBR (45V, 10A)
Standby PWM ControllerATK AT6002H

The PCB is small but includes all parts required for providing more than 1200W of power. In the primary side we meet an interleaved APFC converter, where two APFC converters operate in parallel with a phase difference between them. This minimizes input/output current ripple and lowers conduction losses, increasing efficiency and doubling the effective switching frequency.

On the secondary side Enhance Electronics, the manufacturer of this unit, utilized a synchronous rectification design for the regulation of the +12V rail. The minor rails are generated through a couple of DC-DC converters, which are installed on a PCB right beside the modular one. This way the power transfer losses are minimized. Finally, all filtering capacitors are of high quality with the majority of them being polymer ones.

We fully dismantled the fan, to find out its bearing type. As you can see from the photos above, it is a rifle bearing. Unfortunately the fan didn't survive the procedure.

The modular board was hiding the DC-DC converters that generate the minor rails, so it had to be removed. The same PCB that houses those converter also hosts the supervisor IC, a SITI PS223.

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