SilverStone Strider ST56F power supply

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The Strider wears a sleek coat of matte black (and lead-free!) paint. A matching black fan, black fan grill, and black cable sleeving give it an almost military appearance.

Airflow looks excellent from this side...

...and nonexistent on this side.

The internal airflow is wholly conventional: Air goes in the bottom and comes out the back. There are no auxiliary vents on any of the other panels. Given the high capacity of our sample, cooling could become an issue at higher output levels, since this kind of closed design can lead to pockets of dead air in the corners.

The intake is very unrestrictive.
(Yellow wire not included; it was added for testing purposes.)

To make up for the lack of exhaust vents elsewhere, the rear panel is completely open. Even the small spaces above the switch and power socket are perforated with hexagonal holes.


Cables sets are numerous, and the IDE cables are quite long.

There are a total of nine cable sets. All cables except SATA and IDE cables are sleeved in black nylon mesh.

  • 22" sleeved cable for main 20+4-pin ATX connector
  • 19" sleeved auxiliary 4-pin 12V AUX connector
  • 19" sleeved auxiliary 8-pin 12V EPS AUX connector
  • 2 x 19" sleeved cable for 6-pin PCIe connector
  • 2 x 29" cable with two SATA drive connectors
  • 2 x 41" cable with three 4-pin IDE drive connectors and one floppy connector

The selection of cables is fairly typical for a unit of this capacity. Dual PCIe connectors allow SLI and Crossfire compatibility out of the box. The connectors are not on the same cable, which is a slightly safer arrangement, but is more prone to cable clutter.

Four SATA connectors make sure that modern multi-drive setups are also well supported. The longest (and, now that most drives are SATA, most useless) cable sets are the IDE cables, which sport three IDE power connectors and a floppy connector each.

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