NZXT Hale90 V2 1000 Watt Power Supply

Posted by on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:15pm

Another category that has been a big seller for them is power supplies. Currently listed on their site are four series. All of them have the HALE marker but there is the 82, 82N, 90 and the latest 90 V2. We will be taking a look at the latest model which is rated 80PLUS Gold and is fully modular.

NZXT Hale90 V2 1000 Watt Power Supply

Introduction

It seems as if NZXT is dipping their paws into everything nowadays. Cases have always been their go to product. Each and every case they have release on the most part has been an instant classic. It started with the likes of the Lexa many years ago and as of late has expanded to the Switch and Phantom models.

There latest claim to fame outside of towers has been cooling. The Havik models have been a solid performer when it comes to air cooling. But their closed water-cooling systems have been beasts. The X60 is currently one of the best units we have tested to date.

Another category that has been a big seller for them is power supplies. Currently listed on their site are four series. All of them have the HALE marker but there is the 82, 82N, 90 and the latest 90 V2. We will be taking a look at the latest model which is rated 80PLUS Gold and is fully modular.

NZXT‘s take on Hale V2

NZXT HALE Series power supplies delivers clean currents, refreshing design, and rock steady performance with eccentric design. We developed the HALE90 V2 with high attention-to-detail from the exterior to the interior PCB board. This is our first completely modular power supply with a patented process of multiple intelligence ability controller engineered for pure performance, eco-friendly, and improving IAC-DC power conversion that will ensure high efficiency levels up to 90% with the 80Plus Gold Certification.


Features

 

80 Plus Gold Certification ensures efficiency levels up to 90% -Completely modular design with labeled back plate for easy installation and clean look
-NZXT design element
infused on the exterior/interior power supply with world’s first Innovative white and black PCB design for better isolation and identification
-Patented Multiple Intelligence Ability Controller:MIA ICTM
is designed for ultimate performance, eco-friendly, and improving lAC-DC power conversion
-IFCT:
The intelligent fan control technology is designed for better thermal solution
-Powerful +5Vsb
that supports motherboards with fast USB charging that can also power USB devices while PC is on standby
-High quality Japanese Capacitor
to promote longer lifespan and better reliability surpassing 5 year warranty
-Strong single +12V rail
that provides stability and ease of use with the ability to deliver clean currents under a heavy load
-SLI and CrossFire Ready
-135mm Dual ball-bearing fan
for smooth, silent rotation, and optimal air intake
-Auto Range:
AC main is from 90V to 264V and no need in tiny select switch.
-Active PFC
-Full protections for over voltage, current, power, temperature, under voltage, and short circuit protection
-Safety Approvals for:
UL / cUL / CB / TUV / CE / FCC / CCC / GOST-R / C-tick
-Backed by a 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
-Standard:
Comply ATX 12V V2.31 and EPS 12V V2.92


Closer look

In the introduction you remember we stated there were two HALE 90 models with one being the V2. Without going into any real technical differences we can state that the original model is not completely modular as the main ATX cable being a permanent fixture.

 

The new V2 series comes in three high wattage models which would include 850W, 1000W and 1200W. With only these three high-powered units you can clearly say that NZXT is looking to power higher demanding systems with this class.

It is not hard to pick the HALE90 out in a crowd of other power supplies. The bright white is a nice touch as it matches well with the white Switch and Phantom cases or even other color cases that you may want to throw in a touch of white.

The sides of the unit both have black plastic stripes displaying the HALE90 insignia.

 

It uses a massive 135mm fan to make sure all the internal components remain at optimal temperature. Even being PWM-controlled at high loads the fan remains pretty quiet.

 

The rear of the PSU has the typical honeycomb opening for warm air to escape. The power connection is of the C19 type so your typical power cable will not work here.

 

Next, we have the top of the unit which has the specification sticker attached. From the sticker we see this unit has only one 12v rail containing 83A, which is plenty for the highest demanding multi-GPU rig.

 

The modular connections on the inside of the PSU are 100%. Each type of cable has its own connection to the unit.

 

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 (8) Pin EPS

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

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Testing Begins

Test Hardware:
1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W 9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so, but you cannot overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. We have a trusty digital multimeter. Those sites and the methods they use should be the true means of determining how good a power supply really is; however, we feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is also a valid measure of its performance.


Conclusion

I visit of forums and very often I take a quick look into the Case Mod threads. And if you take a look at some of the images you will see that the power supply is often covered to make the inside of the case look better or painted to better match the colors used in the build. That is great and all but if you want to eliminate having to do either of these steps pick up a NZXT HALE90 V2 power supply.

The exterior of the HALE90 V2 is great. The white coating with little black accents will make it the ideal choice for many of these builds. Imagine it in one of NZXT all white cases like the Switch 810 or any of the Phantom models. Your imagination would be the bottleneck in an all-out build.

The HALE90 V2 is more than just a pretty face in the middle of a bunch of ugly ones. It is definitely a performer as well. With the series consisting of three high wattage models: 850W, 1000W and 1200W, you have more than enough stable power at your deposal for any multi-GPU setup. We tested the unit in our standard test bench to keep test consistent with other reviews but we did throw the unit in a triple Radeon we had on load and the unit passed flying colors.

NZXT is giving us their all when it comes to the product they bring to market. I mean the cases, fans, cooler and power supplies are all great. NZXT provide individual sleeved cable extensions to use with any power supply but it would be nice to see replacement cable kits for these new power supplies. An all-white kit or white and black kit would be awesome.

There are several other features we can talk about in this conclusion but we would be here all day. But we have to mention a few upfront like the quiet operation with a system load, single 12v rail, good cable length and enough cable connectors to support the rig of your dreams. All these adds to the joy of owning this unit.

 

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