Almost everyone wants the quietest yet most powerful computer possible. Most components generate noise because of the fans cooling them, or because of moving parts. Obviously, solid state drives have eliminated the necessity for moving parts for storage and liquid cooling can replace fans for most components. However, there’s still one pesky component which still generates noise: the high wattage power supply unit. Fanless PSUs have been around for a while, but they’re generally lower wattage and meant for business machines or ultra-efficient HTPCs.
Kingwin’s new Stryker series of PSUs aims at the gaming market. Its 80PLUS Platinum-certified 500W unit with a five year warranty supplies enough power to drive a medium-range gaming rig and not make a sound doing it. ThinkComputers has the review.
Features and Specifications
from the product page
- Model: STR-500
- Fanless 0 dBA Operation
- Fit with U.S.A. Energy Star standards,
- EuP(Energy-using Products) instructions: energy consumption during shut off status less than 1W.
- Support all intel and AMD Multi-Core CPU and its compatible Motherboards, ATX/BTX compliant.
- Compliance with ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 and SSI EPS 12V v2.92 Specification.
- Passed 80 PLUS® Platinum Certification, on 20% 50% 100% loading, with 90% 92% 89% Efficiency.
- Over Power Protection/Under Power Protection/Over Voltage Protection/ Short Circuit Protection.
- Support nVIDIA® (SLI)/ATI, high rank & high efficiency graphic card.
- All series are made of RoHS unleaded green material.
- More than 2,000 times ON/OFF Test.
- Full Range Design from 100V ~ 250V. (Active PFC).
- Patent easy plug-in design, safe and firmly attached once connected.
- Multiple safety certificates acquired.
- Patent Pending (U.S.A, Germany, Japan patent applied).
- High Power and Low Consumption Transformer.
(China Patent no: ZL2009 2 0273193.2 / Taiwan Patent no: M381155)
- Five years limited warranty.
The Kingwin Stryker’s box displays the unit and prominently shows its wattage and that it’s fanless. In the corner of the box, it also says that it’s 80PLUS Platinum certified. This means that it’s up to 92% efficient at 50% load. It also says on the box that it’s the “overclock version”, claiming it can actually supply up to 600W. The bottom of the box lists the specifications.
The box contains a manual, a power cord, thumbscrews, a bag of modular cables, and the unit itself.