SilverStone was founded in 2003 and offer a wide range of products including, chassis, power supplies, coolers, fans, storage devices and accessories. SilverStone is so well known and respected they have even branched out so to speak and have a couple of other brands such as Raven and Teratrend. The Raven line is focused more so on chassis with unique designs and features while Teratrend is more geared towards storage. SilverStone is always adding new products to their extensive line of top quality products including their Precision Series of chassis, Strider Gold Series of PSUs and even their new FQ series fan.
Today I will be taking a look at one of their power supplies from the Strider Essential Series, the ST50F-ESB. The ST50F-ESB is a 500W 80+ Bronze rated power supply that can operate at up to 88% efficiency at 230V. The St50F-ESB is based on a single 12V line and features a 120mm fan and features active PFC. There is no denying the ST50F-ESB looks good on paper for an 80+ Bronze rated PSU, but let’s go ahead and take a closer look for ourselves.
Before we take a look at the technical specifications let’s see a bit more of what SilverStone have to say about the Striders Essential Series:
After successfully serving enthusiasts for years, the Strider Essential series has proven quality and dependable PSUs can indeed be had at affordable prices. So to further improve the value for users looking to build great performing PCs, SilverStone has released the Strider Essential Bronze ST50F-ESB and ST40F-ESB PSUs to the series.
The two newly redesigned 500w and 400w PSUs retain all essential features such as single +12V rail, multiple circuit protections and useful PCI-E connectors to support various mainstream graphic card designs. With its upgraded 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency and the ability to provide 24/7 continuous output, the Strider Essential Bronze PSUs are solid choices for PC builders.