The Kingwin Stryker 500W is a very attractive unit. However, you’ll pay for it. It’s currently going for $160 at Newegg, Amazon, and CompUSA. Most other 500W units are in the $50-$60 range. Then again, none of those are 80PLUS Platinum and silent!
Interestingly enough, I think Kingwin is doing some fun math here with its “overclock version” markings. I’m wondering if the STR-500 is actually a 600W max unit, but it’s marketed as a 500W in order to meet the 80PLUS Platinum requirements and/or the fanless dissipation requirements. I’ve not done the math, but perhaps it’s only 92% efficient at 40% when marketed as a 600W unit, thus not meeting the 80PLUS Platinum requirement. It could also overheat if it was kept at 100% load at 600W beyond a certain duration. This is merely speculation and has no bearing on my rating.
The Stryker is going to stay in my machine. I’m pushing it near its capacity, but the fanlessness of it further quiets my already rather quiet rig. ThinkComputers gives the Kingwin Stryker 500W a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award.
– Highest efficiency rating on this level of unit
– Supposedly can exceed its marketed rating
– Serious price premium for the pros
– Modular cables are flat
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.