Installation and use
I used OCCT Perestroika in conjunction with Everest for benchmarking and monitoring on Windows 7 64-bit after installing into my standard testing rig with an ASUS M3A32-MVP motherboard, Athlon X2 6000+, 8 GB of DDR2 RAM, three SATA hard drives, a Kingston V-Series 128 GB SDD, and a Foxconn-made nVidia 8800 GTX inside a Cooler Master Cosmos S case.
I’ve included graphs from our upcoming review of the Antec Truepower 750W for comparison. Graphs from the Strider Plus 750W are on the left and graphs from the Antec Truepower 750W are on the right.
Spot checks put the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V rails at 3.28V, 4.91V, and 11.97V respectively while idle and 3.23V, 4.84V, and 11.9V under load.
The 3.3V rail definitely wavered a little, but not enough to be of concern. It was stressed under load but within acceptable limits.
The 5V rail was likewise stressed, but was very stable despite it. It was actually more stable under load than not. A ripple of 1.63% is one of the higher ripples I’ve seen lately with PSUs of this wattage in this rig, but it’s acceptable.
The 12V rail was the most stable, rippling only 0.58%.
The noise level was acceptable, too. Noise from PSU fans these days is almost nothing compared to other components’ fans or even ambient noise in the house!