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NZXT Hale82 750W and 850W

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Posted December 14, 2011 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Both of these NZXT units share nearly identical designs and features, though the specifications differ mildly in terms of wattage/amperage, and the 850W model adds a couple of extra PCI Express connectors for more power-hungry systems that may feature a multi-GPU setup. That said, both units have solid features and deliver very good performance, coming in a slealthy black exterior that’s highighted nicely by the white fan. They bring a refreshing simplicity and minimalist design to a market that’s awash in brash designs that seem to convey the mistaken notion that LEDs and flashy lights somehow make for a better power supply.

From a functional standpoint, the cable lengths are sufficiently long which is notable for those who have full tower cases and are very particular about their cable management. The flexible flat cable design also helps with internal airflow, as these cables can typically be pushed into tight spots where regularly sleeved cables tend to pop out. Further, the internals aren’t very cramped, so airflow and temperatures were good, and having Seasonic as the OEM here is a very smart move by NZXT; Seasonic makes some of the best power supplies out there.

The units are 80PLUS Bronze certified, which is to be considered near the lower range of power efficiency these days, as many other offerings do come in Silver and Gold certification. But both units performed very well during testing, posting some impressive results with voltage regulation and noise suppression. The single +12V rail performed well on each model, which is particularly encouraging for the gamers in the crowd who plan on using a couple beefy graphics cards.

Styling and performance are above board, but what about price? The Hale82 750W model retails for about $110, while the 850W is about $140. These certainly aren’t the cheapest prices, but we wouldn’t expect that for a Seasonic design; you get what you pay for. Considering the very reasonable pricing and excellent performance, we think the NZXT Hale82 power supplies are great choices for consumers in the mid-range market.

NZXT Hale82 750W and 850W

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