The range of SilverStone Strider Essential power supplies was created, thinking of all those customers that seek a quality power supply without requiring exorbitant potency and high prices. Gradually this line of products is increasing and today it welcomed two new members to the family: the SilverStone ST40F-ESB and the ST50F -ESB with potencies of 400W and 500W, respectively.
Both power supplies coincide in their 80 PLUS Bronze Certified efficiency, Active PFC use and distribution of much of the power in a single 12V rail. No missing PCI-Express, SATA and MOLEX connectors, aside from the typical 24-pin connectors and 4 + 4 for the motherboard.
The 120mm fan cools the components keeping its operating temperature ranging from 0 to 40 degrees, all with a sound level of 18 dBA in its silent mode.
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SilverStone created an expansion card, the EC04 -E, which is connected to the motherboard via a PCI Express 2.0 port and offers two external and one internal USB 3.0 ports to offer the best compatibility and flexibility. Thus you can have USB 3.0 ports even if the motherboard doesn’t have them.
This card can be a good option if you want to have more USB 3.0 ports in a simple and inexpensive way. This also is ideal for users with a computer with USB 3.0 ports on the front but not on the inside. Thanks to this device, Silverstone offers the possibility of using these ports, in addition to adding two more on the rear.
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The first tower we saw was the SilverStone Raven RV04, which we talked about last month. The main new feature of this tower is that you can set the components rotated 180 degrees; previous Raven models only allowed for a 90-degree rotation. It supports ATX and the bigger E-ATX motherboards, as well SSI CEB multi-socket boards. It has two frontal hinges; you can open it to find two 5.25″ bays. It also features two USB 3.0, one microphone and one minijack ports.
Other noteworthy units are the SilverStone PT14, PT15 y PT16 (from smaller to bigger size, respectively), which are very simple and minimalistic, perfect for CPUs like the Intel NUC (next Unit Computing). These models’ heatpipes transfer the heat directly from the processor to the tower. At SilverStone’s stand, we could see it working with an Intel Core i3-3217U processor and two DDR3 2GB memory modules without any trouble. They support mSATA SSD HD drives.
Finally, the T004 caught our attention because of its peculiar shape. It is clearly designed to be set vertically; its dimensions are 163 x 180 x 430 mm, so you can imagine it. It supports PCI-Express x16 3.0 graphics cards, with the video output at its upper part. It has a 450W SFX power supply, 80 PLUS Bronze certified.