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NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W

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Posted March 29, 2013 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Price at time of Review: $229
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Unique and sleek styling; fully modular; excellent voltage and ripple performance.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Noisy fan; a bit more expensive than the competition
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great combination of features, aesthetics, quality, versatility, and performance.
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by Jake
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Summary

The white aesthetic of the Hale90 V2 series is unquestionably unique in a sea of predominantly black and gray power supplies, standing out from the crowd. If you like something different, then this may be the one for you. But good looks will only go so far, and a power supply must have strong performance. And the Hale90 V2 1000W certainly has that as well, and the 80PLUS Gold certification is an enticing feature as well.

The fully modular cable design employs an easy-to-use and labeled design, and the entire package is housed in a scratch-resistant and lightly textured finish. NZXT provides a huge number of cables, while the lengths are also generous. We love the flat cable design which we find very easy to work with, and help keep your internal case setup clean and unobstructed.

From a performance standpoint, the Hale 90 V2 has excellent voltage regulation and ripple suppression, easily handling everything we tossed at it. Noise levels are impressively low, and essentially non-existent in a normal case setup, as the fan didn’t appear to ramp up very much even when fully loaded.

The only downsides here are heatsinks and noise, both of which could likely be resolved in unison. By increasing the surface area of the virtually non-existent heatsinks, a fan with lower RPMs could be used, which would then solve the noise issue. As it stands, 2000+ RPM and 40dBA is a problem, and one that could be fairly easy to address. Perhaps future designs may take this into account. That said, it’s not a huge problem at all when you consider most GPU fans will drown out the power supply fan noise.

Lastly we come to price, as the Hale90 V2 1000W retails for about $229, putting it in the upper range against the competition. You do get a unique aesethetic, fully modular design, and excellent performance in return, but there are a couple other capable 80PLUS Gold units in the marketplace that are about $30 less. That’s not a huge difference, but it could tip the balance for consumers on a modest budget. We see the premium as a smart investment, so it’s a question of priorities and what a consumer might value more. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, but we do know that value does factor into the equation rather considerably in the North American marketplace.

In the end, the NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W offers a great combination of features, aesthetics, quality, versatility, and performance. There are a couple minor detractions, but otherwise it’s a solid option if you’re in the market for a kilowatt power supply.

NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W

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