NZXT HALE90 850w Review

Snow White and the 70 amps

NZXT HALE 850w

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.

NZXT HALE 850w  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.

NZXT HALE 850w Front  NZXT HALE 850w Side

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
DC Output+3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2+12V3+12V4+12V5+12V6-12V+5VSB
24A24A70A-----0.5A3.0A
Max Power 120W840W6W15W
850W


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.

NZXT HALE 850w Box Front  NZXT HALE 850w Box Back  

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

NZXT HALE 850w Box Inside  NZXT HALE 850w COntents

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...

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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.

Continue Reading

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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