NZXT HALE90 850w Review

Simulated Load Results (Graphs)

NZXT HALE 850w

Simulated Load Results (Graphs)

For those of you not familiar with the layout of our relatively new graphs, the highest and lowest values on the Y-axis (voltage) represent the maximum and minimum voltages allowed by ATX specifications. If the results should fall outside the graph at any time, then that's an instant FAIL. However, merely staying inside these boundaries does not necessarily indicate a good PSU. In order to display truly great voltage regulation, a PSU must stick as closely as possible to the thick white horizontal line (ideal voltage) as possible.

You will also notice that the graph is split into three sections as depicted by the Green, Amber and Red backgrounds. These indicate normal usage (green), heavily uneven load distribution (amber) and overloading of the PSU (red). For the most part all we need to worry about is how it performs in the green section, but good performance in the other sections will undoubtedly earn the PSU extra brownie points.

For a better understanding of now we conduct our PSU testing and how these results were obtained, please be sure to check out the tabulated results over on the next page.

 

Referring to the OC3D PSU Certification whitepaper for guidance, we can see that the +3.3v rail on the NZXT passes the idle test with an output of 3.35v. Unfortunately though, when the load is increased to 100% the output voltage dips to 3.26v thus falling outside the ±2% allowable margin.

Of course, if we forget about the certification tests for one minute, this result is still very reasonable. And given that most modern PSU's barely make any use of the +3.3v rail anymore, it is certainly nothing to worry about.

The +5v rail tells a similar story to the +3.3v rail with idle voltages just about within OC3D'd certification specs, but then falling outside the requirements when 100% load is applied. Of course, the average user of this PSU is unlikely to run it at more than 75% load most of the time, and as we can see from the results in T3 an output voltage of 5.06v is pretty much right on the money.

Moving on to the most important rail of them all, we can see by just looking at the flatter line on the graph that this is where NZXT have paid the most attention. The idle voltages are reasonable and 100% load voltages only just fall outside of certification requirements by 0.02v. Most impressively though, even in the TMax (Maximum Load) testing, the NZXT refuses to dip below +12.00v, showing that it really can deliver.

Finally we arrive at efficiency - and there's certainly no arguing that this is an 80PLUS GOLD level PSU. Throughout all of the normal tests, the unit managed over 91% efficiency, and only presented with a heavy crossload in TX1 did the efficiency drop to 84% (which is still better than most PSU's). Good work NZXT.

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Most Recent Comments

01-10-2010, 06:19:12

tinytomlogan
White cases seem to be popping up everywhere, NZXT now have a white PSU to match! Come inside to see if its all looks and no brains.

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UPDATE 03/10/10: Further to a post by a member of our forum we have become aware of a mis-calculation in our load levels for this PSU. As a result, please disregard any negative comments about the ripple results of this PSU in this thread.

01-10-2010, 07:30:09

Mr. Strawberry
i could do with this PSU

01-10-2010, 08:46:48

Alicarve
I want one to match my case

01-10-2010, 09:09:42

SnW
I guess paint isn't a option ?

seriously if i want my PSU white, i'll paint it ..

And replacing the fan is just as easy as opening a trash can!

just be carefull when opening a PSU just don't do it after a few days of F@H (gaming) and then boom open

01-10-2010, 13:01:43

SiN
It's a good PSU besides the ripple, which is a disappointment, for the price they should have buckled it down some more.

01-10-2010, 13:06:23

hmmblah
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post

I guess paint isn't a option ?

seriously if i want my PSU white, i'll paint it ..

And replacing the fan is just as easy as opening a trash can!

just be carefull when opening a PSU just don't do it after a few days of F@H (gaming) and then boom open
It's a sexy powdercoat, not just a paint job...nice touch IMO.

01-10-2010, 13:35:36

AMDFTW
what no OC3D certification?

01-10-2010, 13:37:37

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by hmmblah View Post

It's a sexy powdercoat, not just a paint job...nice touch IMO.
Then I would powdercoat it.. just as simple as a paint job, K in my case that is

01-10-2010, 14:50:47

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

what no OC3D certification?
No mate the 3.3v rail did not pass our standards. You only get our stamp if the psu is above and beyond epic!

01-10-2010, 15:14:42

F-alienware
Hmmm.. Seems amazingly over priced to me...

01-10-2010, 15:17:39

AMDFTW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

No mate the 3.3v rail did not pass our standards. You only get our stamp if the psu is above and beyond epic!
ahh fair enough then mate

01-10-2010, 15:22:18

Mr. Strawberry
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Hmmm.. Seems amazingly over priced to me...
isnt in america though

seen the 1000w version go for $209 (131ish) :/

at new egg

01-10-2010, 15:26:56

F-alienware
That's still totally ridiculous.

TBH and I hate to say it but inside it looks pretty cheap. Outside it looks nice but man, reading the review I find it worrying that a 150+ PSU can just about keep within the ATX spec.

I had no respect for NZXT whatsoever until they released the Phantom. I don't know what it's built like but it's very nice looking. Unlike the fan controller of theirs I bought in 2007 that -

A. Was really cheap and tacky.

B. Was too big to fit in the 5.25 bay it was designed for and literally had to be rammed in.

C. The screen on which was absolutely parp and it wasn't cheap to buy.

I hoped that lately they had come good, but after reading this review I have my doubts. It's very easy now to get an average PSU around the same wattage for 100, and this is decidedly average. It must cost less than 50 to get a powdercoat done on a PSU (I mean FFS it's tiny) therefore I can't see any real reason at all to pay 150 for this thing.

A black one would look nicer in your case any way, and take that from some one who has studied colour coding and has a lot of experience with black and white

01-10-2010, 17:08:33

Todd
So when's the full review of the Phantom coming along? I hope it isn't a disappointment as well because I really had my hopes up for NZXT.

01-10-2010, 17:16:17

Mr. Strawberry
i have a phantom and i love it if that helps

check my project log "crysis extreme" for some pics

01-10-2010, 19:01:47

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd View Post

So when's the full review of the Phantom coming along? I hope it isn't a disappointment as well because I really had my hopes up for NZXT.
its here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnLnzIxk104

01-10-2010, 19:18:45

Alicarve
I have the phantom too and it is a good case I would advise it

01-10-2010, 20:59:44

AMDFTW
random question

when is the review of the 1095t coming out

02-10-2010, 05:31:54

F-alienware
Man, it never occurred to me before just how much that thing looks like a Storm Trooper helmet

I like it even more now

02-10-2010, 07:04:35

Todd
Sorry, Tom, I watched that video already. I was talking about the full- full review and conclusion as a month has passed. You still love it?

02-10-2010, 07:21:59

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd View Post

Sorry, Tom, I watched that video already. I was talking about the full- full review and conclusion as a month has passed. You still love it?
That was the full review. The conclusion was in the latest subscriber video you obviously havnt watched

02-10-2010, 10:55:28

silenthill
What a load of rubbish, if you give it to me for free I wouldnt put it in my pc

02-10-2010, 11:25:57

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

What a load of rubbish, if you give it to me for free I wouldnt put it in my pc
Its actually pretty good fella, Im currently using an 850w in my rig

02-10-2010, 12:50:32

Mr. Strawberry
if my one starts struggling this is a must

02-10-2010, 14:12:04

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Its actually pretty good fella, Im currently using an 850w in my rig
I only do Corsair Guvnor when it comes PSU so everything ells is like pound land

02-10-2010, 14:51:09

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

I only do Corsair Guvnor when it comes PSU so everything ells is like pound land
Yep I used to be exactly the same fella...........

03-10-2010, 06:55:46

jonnyGURU
You know you overloaded the +3.3V and +5V rails by test 3, right? No reason to complain that the ripple is too high when you tested those rails a good 80W more than what the label says it should do.

That said, I'm surprised the PSU didn't blow up with almost 200W load on the +3.3V & +5V combined.

03-10-2010, 13:25:20

AMDFTW
its a stress test,and its under specific loads to test the reliability,spikes and things can be simulated.

i assume this anyway

03-10-2010, 15:42:07

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post

You know you overloaded the +3.3V and +5V rails by test 3, right? No reason to complain that the ripple is too high when you tested those rails a good 80W more than what the label says it should do.

That said, I'm surprised the PSU didn't blow up with almost 200W load on the +3.3V & +5V combined.
Jonny you're absolutely correct! I don't know how I overlooked that as I've never made such a cockup before

I've just this second finished re-resting the PSU and have published the amended set of results. As everyone will be able to see, these are MUCH more favourable for the unit in every respect. Efficiency is increased, voltages are slightly more stable and most importantly the ripple is much lower.

Please everyone take a chance to re-read the review as I wouldn't like NZXT to suffer for my mistake.

03-10-2010, 15:51:58

Mr. Strawberry
this is most certinly going to be first choice of PSU if my current one ever starts to struggle

05-10-2010, 06:02:25

AMDFTW
in the explination of the correct ripple change in the conclusion page it says re-rested and not re-tested
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