SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI PSU Review

Ripple Measurements

To learn how we measure ripple, please click here.

The following table includes the ripple levels we measured on the ST80F-TI's rails. The limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V and 5VSB).

10% Load23.9mV7.8mV20.2mV6.2mVPass
20% Load29.2mV8.4mV19.1mV7.4mVPass
30% Load39.7mV19.8mV16.1mV19.1mVPass
40% Load47.5mV11.5mV18.4mV9.3mVPass
50% Load57.7mV13.4mV18.9mV11.8mVPass
60% Load67.4mV15.0mV22.2mV13.5mVPass
70% Load76.9mV21.6mV32.4mV19.0mVPass
80% Load91.3mV56.0mV44.0mV51.4mVFail
90% Load97.1mV52.1mV48.8mV47.0mVFail
100% Load104.2mV26.1mV36.2mV22.9mVPass
110% Load113.8mV26.4mV38.4mV24.0mVPass
Cross-Load 127.4mV9.1mV16.7mV7.0mVPass
Cross-Load 2101.9mV25.0mV36.3mV20.8mVPass

The ripple suppression we measured is bad. In a flagship offering like this one, we expect much better results. Enhance isn't known for its performance in this discipline, but here it doesn't even seem to try improving.

During our full load test, the +12V rail registers over 100mV ripple, while strangely the minor rails remain at fairly safe levels. However, the 5V rail fails in the 80% and 90% load tests. And, in general, ripple on all of the minor rails increases notably during those load levels. This is something that Enhance should investigate and fix. It is unacceptable to see a Titanium-class PSU failing to keep its ripple levels within the ATX spec's very loose ranges.

Ripple Oscilloscope Screenshots

The following oscilloscope screenshots illustrate the AC ripple and noise registered on the main rails (+12V, 5V, 3.3V and 5VSB). The bigger the fluctuations on the screen, the bigger the ripple/noise. We set 0.01V/Div (each vertical division/box equals 0.01V) as the standard for all measurements.

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110-Percent Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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  • JQB45
    Tier-3 and I think I am being generous. I never thought I would see a Titanium rated unit with such poor performance. I base my decision on the 12V ripple and hold up time.
  • gdmaclew
    I'm not surprised that silverstone opted not to supply an on-off switch. In fact, I can see no reason why this brand keeps getting the high ratings it enjoys.
    I bought one 3 years ago to replace a defective PC Power and cooling PSU.
    the Silverstone 80 Plus gold (Strider S series) lasted just 9 months before it started to produce erratic voltage levels. Sent back for a replacement and that one lasted 15 months. I now have that unit's replacement but it is now a spare to my Corsir RX750.
    At least they honored their warranty...twice.
  • maxwellmelon

    they say ripple on 12 volt spec is 120mv so they don't even say themselves that its going to have a ripple under 100 which the writer of this article was expecting. why expect something that the manufacture of this psu didn't say it would do
  • Andi lim
    Too little Elco and Solid Capacitors on secondary side cause poor ripple and hol up time. Must set new standart, Platinum and Titanium Level should not exceed 50mV on all output rail.