Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W Power Supply Review

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Introduction

The Golden Steel Power is an 80 Plus Gold power supply series from Sentey, featuring a modular cabling system, resonant switching, synchronous rectification, and DC-DC design, coming with a terrific price tag for the features offered. Let’s see if the 850 W model is a good option.

The Golden Steel Power units from Sentey are manufactured by Super Flower, based on their Golden Green platform, which is also used by the NZXT HALE90 power supply series. Therefore, the Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W is identical to the NZXT HALE90 850 W unit, which we’ve already reviewed.

Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W power supplyFigure 1: Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W power supply

Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W power supplyFigure 2: Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W power supply

The Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W is 7.1” (180 mm) deep, using a 140 mm dual-ball-bearing fan on its bottom.

The reviewed unit has a modular cabling system with eight connectors. One interesting thing about this modular cabling system is that there is no specific connector for the video cards or for the peripheral cables; you can install the cables wherever you want. The unit also has four cables that are permanently attached to its body, all protected by nylon sleeves (coming from inside the power supply housing). The cables included are the following:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 22” (56 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector, 24.4” (62 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with an EPS12V connector, 24.4” (62 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with one six-pin connector and one six/eight-pin connector for video cards, 26.3” (67 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, permanently attached to the power supply
  • Two cables with one six-pin connector for video cards each, 20.1” (51 cm) long, modular cabling system
  • Two cables with one six/eight-pin connector for video cards each, 20.1” (51 cm) long, modular cabling system
  • Two cables, each with four SATA power connectors, 20.1” (51 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors and three standard peripheral power connectors, 20.1” (51 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with four standard peripheral power connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector, 19.7” (50 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system

We saw some small differences between the Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W and the NZXT HALE90 850 W. On the Sentey model, the cables are a little shorter. The NZXT model comes with one cable with four SATA power connectors permanently attached to the power supply, while on the Sentey model this cable is available on the modular cabling system. The NXZT model has one additional cable with peripheral power connectors on the modular cabling system.

All wires are 18 AWG, except the ones used on the main motherboard cable and on the ATX12V/EPS12V cables, which are thicker (16 AWG).

The cable configuration is impressive, allowing you to install up to three high-end video cards without using adapters, and the 10 SATA power connectors will please even the über storage-freak user. The only thing we didn’t like was the fact that the video card connectors that are permanently attached to the power supply are installed on the same cable instead of using individual cables.

Sentey Golden Steel Power 850 W power supplyFigure 3: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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