NZXT has been expanding its product offerings beyond cases, with the latest being a lineup of efficient power supplies, dubbed Hale90. The Hale90 series of PSUs consists of models ranging from 550 to 1,000 watts.We had the opportunity to evaluate the Hale90 850W. The NZXT Hale90 850W sports a mostly modular design and a unique aesthetic, at least in the power supply space. Hardwired to the Hale90 850W unit are its 24-pin ATX power connector, 8-pin (4+4) motherboard connector, a few SATA connectors,
and a pair of PCI-E connectors; the rest of the cables are modular. Further,any modular cable can be plugged into anyof the receptacles on the unit, noteworthybecause most PSUs have specific receptacles
for each cable type. Other notables include an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating and amassive 70A single 12V rail.
Its features and specs put the NXZT Hale90 850W PSU strictly in enthusiast territory, and in terms of performance,the unit did not disappoint. Our 12-core dual-Xeon5680-powered rig was able to put a sustained load of almost 790W on the Hale90 850W unit, and we never experienced a hint of instability.
The NZXT Hale90 doesn’t have all of the features or as long of a warranty as some other competing power supplies, but at $179, it’s competitively priced and a solid performer. If you find the white finish and cable configuration of the Hale90 appealing, this PSU is worthy of consideration.