NZXT HALE90 850w Review
Snow White and the 70 amps
So you've just bought a white PC case, carefully matched it with some white sleeving, white cable ties, white fans and even white cathodes. Everything looks great, That is, until you install that ugly looking black Power Supply!
You may think that the simple answer is just to whip out a can of spray paint and some old newspapers. However, for anyone who's tried this in the past you will know full well that it isn't as easy as it sounds. Stickers need to be removed, fan holes need to be masked off, warranties get voided. It's more hassle than its worth.
Luckily though, PSU manufacturers have been wising up to the modding scene over the past few years and making small quantities of PSU's in colours such as red, orange and blue to suit the main colours used by enthusiasts. But no white...until now.
Enter the NZXT Hale 850w.
Diving straight into some pictures of the unit removed from its snug packaging, we can see that NZXT have clearly invested in this units appearance. The powdercoated finish is snow white against our acrylic background and impressively NZXT have also managed to couple the unit with a perfectly colour matched white fan. The black grille and modular connectors add to the whole look while also giving NZXT good reason not to sleeve the cables white too.
The front of the unit features the usual power switch and kettle-lead style mains plug - both of which come in quite handy if you're planning on doing more than just admiring the PSU. While around the side of the unit we have the obligatory specification sticker sporting that all important gold 80Plus logo along with a load of other safety certifications and a rail layout chart (as replicated below).
|NZXT Hale 850w Rail Layout|
Of course, packaging also plays a large part in the whole 'new product' experience, and as we can see below NZXT have kept things plain and professional with a simple white cardboard box printed with some basic red graphics. The front of the box also contains a small plastic window through which the PSU fan and grille can be seen.
At the back of the box is the full specifications list along with some small thumbnail images depicting seven of the PSU's main features. As taken from the NZXT website, these include:
• 80+ Gold certified: The HALE 90 series from NZXT operates at ultra high efficiency, at 20%, 50% and 100% loads, efficiencies are 87%, 90%, and 87% respectively.
• Single140mm two ball-bearing fan operates with minimal noise even at full load. Maximum decibel levels are 20db for wattages between 550-750W and 30db for 850W and above.
• Strong Single Rail Design: A single +12V rail provides stability and ease of use making the most out of your power supply. Offers stable & clean current delivery under heavy load.
• Modular cable design: Modular cable design allows the user to pick and choose which cables they want to use, optimizing cable management and airflow inside the chassis. Flat cables allow for easier routing and bending inside the computer chassis during wire management.
• 100% Japanese Capacitors: High quality components for longer life time and better reliability.
• Warranty: 5 Years
The padding inside the box may not quite be up to Corsairs standards, but the inclusion of styrofoam sidewalls will certainly help to protect the PSU from the likes of Parcelforce (who recently smashed a parcel fo mine to pieces!). This is in addition to the accessories bag and mains lead that are purposefully wedged around the edges of the PSU to prevent movement.
Now down to the nitty gritty...