NZXT HALE90 750W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - June 27, 2011
Category: Power Supplies
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The 80 Plus performance specification requires certified power supplies to be at least 80% efficient or greater at 20%, 50% and 100% of their rated maximum output power whilst maintaining the power factor level above 0.9. The award scheme has been extended since the introduction of the basic 80 Plus accreditation with the addition of several more levels above and beyond what was originally required and now includes bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels with required efficiency levels as high as 94%. Platinum rated power supplies are rare but more and more manufacturers are now producing gold rated units with a maximum efficiency requirement of 90% at 50% loading.
The NZXT HALE90 750W power supply is such a unit. NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan. Their product line, aimed at the PC enthusiast and gamer, includes enclosures, cooling fans, fan controllers, mice, power supplies and premium cables. Let’s have a closer look at the NZXT HALE90 750W power supply and see how well it performs.
The NZXT HALE90 750W power supply packaging is predominately white with a little black, red and gold used to good effect. The front of the box contains a window through which the power supply fan and fan grill are visible along with the NZXT trademark, power supply wattage, model number and 5 year warranty logo. The front of the box also shows five features of the power supply, modular power, 100% Japanese capacitors, 12V single strong rail and 14 cm silent operation fan with a small picture to illustrate each with a 80 Plus Gold logo completing the set. The rear face of the box shows the specification table, connector types and quantities, photograph of the power supply cooling fan side and a comprehensive feature list.
The top of the power supply box comes with a useful carry handle and on the bottom a shortened feature list is given in Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese and French.
The side panels show the agency approval logos along with a couple of graphs to illustrate the power supply efficiency and fan noise levels.
Lift the lid; remove the user manual and the power supply with its captive cables securely tied sits next to the modular cable bag.
The power supply is contained in a plastic bag for added protection and the box contents which include a user manual, power cord, mounting screws and modular cable bag.
The NZXT HALE90 750W power supply is well packaged with a basic, but adequate set of accessories so let’s move on and have a closer look.