Page 1:SilverStone ST80F-TI Power Supply Review
Page 2:Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling
Page 3:A Look Inside And Component Analysis
Page 4:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current And Protections
Page 5:Efficiency, Temperature And Noise
Page 6:Protection Features Evaluation
Page 7:Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
Page 8:Transient Response Tests
Page 9:Ripple Measurements
Page 10:Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise and Efficiency Ratings
Page 11:Pros, Cons And Final Verdict
Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling
The box is quite large, and on its front the model number is prominently displayed. You'll also find a small list with the PSU's most important features, including the Titanium-class efficiency, Japanese caps, modular cables, the max operating temperature, and the 120mm fan, which, despite its relatively small size, promises quiet operation.
Technical and power specification tables are found on the top of the package, along with a graphical list depicting the available cables and connectors. Around back, the email address of SilverStone's support department is highlighted in large letters. Several graphs and diagrams show the efficiency and fan speed curves, along with the unit's compact dimensions.
The PSU is well protected inside its box. SilverStone bundles an extra fan filter that you'll find on top.
All of the other accessories are stored inside a small box. The bundle includes Velcro straps, zip ties, fixing bolts, and thumbscrews, along with the aforementioned magnetic fan filter and an AC power cord. Unfortunately, no pouch is provided, which could have come in handy for storing unused modular cables.
This is a very compact 800W PSU. In fact, it has the same exact footprint as the ST60F-TI, despite 200W-higher maximum power. If your chassis is limited in the size of PSU it'll accommodate, a smaller model like this one is ideal. On the other hand, if you can get by with 500W or 600W of peak output, there are also compelling SFX-based options out there bundled with ATX adapters.
The ST80F-TI's light-matte finish is of good quality, though the external design is cosmetically nothing new. Around front, you will only find the AC receptacle since there is no power switch.
The large specifications label is installed on one side; a couple of stickers on the other depict the PSU's version and serial numbers.
The modular sockets are covered by silicone caps. This is a nice touch on such an expensive PSU. A small, misaligned sticker has information on where you should connect the corresponding cables. As you can see, there is an extra four-pin header for the 24-pin ATX cable, which provides some additional sense wires to help achieve tighter load regulation.
All cables are flat and stealth. They don't have any extra filtering capacitors installed, though they probably should given the platform's susceptibility to ripple. Then again, that would likely affect efficiency since every cap has a small resistance (called ESR), which leads to energy losses. Cable quality isn't the best we have seen, especially on the main ATX cable. Moreover, SilverStone should mark the ATX connector where it interfaces with the PSU. Both sides of the cable have an extra four-pin connector, so some users could be confused.
- SilverStone ST80F-TI Power Supply Review
- Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling
- A Look Inside And Component Analysis
- Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current And Protections
- Efficiency, Temperature And Noise
- Protection Features Evaluation
- Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
- Transient Response Tests
- Ripple Measurements
- Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise and Efficiency Ratings
- Pros, Cons And Final Verdict