Monday, May 18th 2009

SilverStone Readying 1500 W Monster PSU

SilverStone is going for the (over)kill with a 1500W enthusiast-grade PC power supply. The Strider Series 1500W (model: SST-ST1500) is one of the first 1000+ Watt PSUs to carry the 80 Plus Silver efficiency rating. This PSU made for an early-sighting at this year's CeBIT event, and is gearing up for launch very soon. It delivers 1500W of continuous, and 1600W of peak power. It features a 100% modular cable design, meaning that even the 24-pin ATX and EPS cables are modular unlike in most modular PSUs.

The unit measures 150 x 86 x 220 mm (WxHxD). Under the hood are eight +12V rails, that belt out up to 120A of current. Active PFC is available. The ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI certified PSU features four 6+2 pin, and eight 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. High-grade Japanese capacitors are used. A 135 mm fan with a minimum noise-output of 19 dBA keeps this beast cool. Applications? Plenty: an enthusiast could run a highly-tweaked multi-GPU PC, and be able to directly power one or two thermo-electric coolers.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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56 Comments on SilverStone Readying 1500 W Monster PSU

#1
Unregistered
I think that even the highest grade (Talking Q9650 / i7, dual card solution such as 2 x 285's or a 295) Along with all your other bits and pieces wouldnt even touch 1KW never mind adding another half to it. The most ive ever saw a rig draw power wise was 500 odd watts, and that was a friends dads skulltrail server.
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#2
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
I dont imagine they will sell too many of these PSs...
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#3
h3llb3nd4
No PSses don't exist:D
LOL yeah they wont...
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#4
Ipatinga
1.500W is not that crazy

Well, just to illustrate how a 1.500W psu is not insane:

First - The PSU will not use 1.500W all the time. It will only provide what your system is using. If your system is requiring 500W, the psu will pull 500W from your house outlet (if the efficiency is 100% - otherwise, the psu will pull more).

Second - Playing a game or doing 3DMark is not even closed to a High-End System BURN IN.

Third - Just to illustrate: the system below works fine with a Corsair 1.000W psu (PS: Works fine = Play games like Crysis).
But, if you put two little programs to run together, like Prime95 and Furmark... my friend, you will see some real impressive numbers on a Power Analyzer connected to your outlet. These two programs are great to put the CPU and GPU on a very high load (which will drive the power requirement to the roof). With the Corsair 1.000W, you cannot even start both programs. The next? A 1.250W is the best choice for a system like these (if you are really putting it to work hard). And you barely will have that much Watts on hold for a future TEC.

:respect: Asus Rampage II Extreme, Core i7 920 D0 @ 3,6GHz (no changes in voltage... all AUTO), 6GB Corsair 1.800MHz, 2x GTX 295 from PNY, Velociraptor 150GB, four green neons, 6 Noctua fans, one Swiftech MCP 650 pump and a blu-ray.

Fourth - It´s better to have the choice of a 1.500W and not need it, than not having and have the need for one.

Fifth - Hey... there are some servers using high quality desktop psu... why not a 1.500W (even though it´s not redundant)? A 1.500W can also be a great duo for the Asus P6T7 WS SuperComputer and the trio or quad green company (NVIDIA Quadro + Tesla)...

Sixth - bragging rights, baby... :rockout:
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#5
Studabaker
So what kind of computer needs 1500Watts? I can guess something with four CPUs with 12 cores each, twelve sticks of 16GB RAM, about forty hard drives working simultaneously via RAID0+1, and four dual-GPU video cards in octa-SLI/XFire mode, all mashed together into three united cases with about 21 fans running in total. Actually, I think one could power 1.5 of these systems with a 1500Watt PSU.
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#6
alexp999
Staff
I wonder how far this is going to go, maybe we will get dual mains PSUs when they want to pass the 3kW barrier :D
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#7
Studabaker
alexp999 said:
I wonder how far this is going to go, maybe we will get dual mains PSUs when they want to pass the 3kW barrier :D
Yes, then I can put a beer cooler in my computer, FINALLY! :laugh:
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#8
h3llb3nd4
That would be a Overkill even in 2015!:laugh:
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#9
hat
Enthusiast
What a shame that it isn't single rail. I still like the 1200w modular single rail monster better than this. Honestly I feel that mutli rail psus are worse than single rail since drawing 50a from a single 60a rail won't hurt but drawing 50a through a system with two 25a rails can hurt if components on rail 1 are drawing 30a and components on rail 2 are drawing 20a. Rail 1 is being overloaded and could go boom.
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#10
alexp999
Staff
There is a single rail 1200w PSU! :eek:
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#12
HolyCow02
thats ridiculous. I thought 1.2KW was enough for anything. This is insane.
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#13
Hayder_Master
you can quad crossfire 4870x2 on extreme pc , wow
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#14
MRCL
Eight 6pin-pcie connectors... that calls for quad 4890s :rockout: With a 295 as dedicated physix card lol. But really, four 6+2pin and eight 6pin pcie plugs... can you actually use them all?
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#15
Wile E
Power User
Lets see, a 240w TEC takes up 20 Amps, leaving us with 100A to play with on the 12v rails. I bet I could come up with a gaming system that could benefit from this PSU.

And if this proves insufficient, you could alway grab one of these: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/epower_2kw/ :D
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#16
TheGuruStud
hat said:
What a shame that it isn't single rail. I still like the 1200w modular single rail monster better than this. Honestly I feel that mutli rail psus are worse than single rail since drawing 50a from a single 60a rail won't hurt but drawing 50a through a system with two 25a rails can hurt if components on rail 1 are drawing 30a and components on rail 2 are drawing 20a. Rail 1 is being overloaded and could go boom.
Nearly all PSUs have only one transformer with virtual rails, and they all have OC protection (each "rail" is just current limited). The worst that's going to happen is that the PSU is going to shut off. Now, if you had a total POS, I guess it could pop and take stuff with it, but I haven't seen that happen in a long time.

Real mutiple rails can be a very good thing under load as long as your system is planned around it. You can avoid extra rippling and droop since you'd be coming off separate transformers.
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#17
alexp999
Staff
HX1000W by Corsair are true dual rails! :D
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#18
Roph
I thought there were some kind of regulations in place that stopped the sale of a consumer device that can pull that much power?
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#19
TheGuruStud
Roph said:
I thought there were some kind of regulations in place that stopped the sale of a consumer device that can pull that much power?
Good microwaves can pull that much, plus name any 220V appliances, etc.
And barring any made up, BS laws, wouldn't it be illegal to regulate that?
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
Kreij said:
I'm a little stumped as to why anyone would need to draw 1500W of continuous power for their rig, but it's always good to know that there is one available if you need it.
four GTX 285's. a dual socket i7 with 24GB of ram and a phase change unit.

This would be for a veeeery tiny percentage of users.

Most electric heaters use 2,000W of power, here in the Au every power outlet must output a minimum of 3,000W
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#21
h3llb3nd4
why are good things spread around the whole world?:(
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
h3llb3nd4 said:
why are good things spread around the whole world?:(
piracy mostly. you try and keep the good things in one place, someone else will steal it and sell it to everyone else. what are we talking about again?
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#23
Duncan1
h3llb3nd4 said:
why are good things spread around the whole world?:(
ROFL. I have the same question...:shadedshu:shadedshu


A little update, its price will be around 40k yen (306 euros) according to pc watch
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#24
laszlo
i've made a theoretical high-end sys with 3 4870x2 cards with TEC cooling;i7 cpu with water cooling; and the consumption goes over 1200W so for a few people is needed
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#25
kenkickr
Cool!! Now it only takes one PSU to power your team of 5 at your next lan LOL :laugh: Isn't this getting close to the danger zone of a wall outlet max output?
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