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NZXT Performance Power 800W

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Posted May 12, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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The NZXT Performance Power 800W is a power supply that delivers good features and solid performance when heavily loaded with a case full of power-hungry components.  From a feature standpoint, the unit supports SLI/CrossFire setups, and it’s housed in a matte, neutral black finish that should fit with just about any case setup. Unfortunately there isn’t a a modular setup here, so you will have extra cables to tuck away in your case. The cable length, specifically with the 4/8-pin ATX cable is an issue; notably it’s about an inch or two shorter than it should be, so if you have a full tower case with a bottom-mounted power supply setup then you likely will not be able to route behind the motherboard tray.

From a functional standpoint, the Performance Power series has stable voltage regulation that doesn’t deviate very much, and has good efficiency but it doesn’t quite match some of its competitors just one step below in the 750W segment for a similar price. The only other issue is that the dual fan setup, and particularly the 80mm fan, does not run very quietly. It will likely be drowned out in a case by a graphics card fan, but we don’t think that’s something to brag about.

The tradeoff here is that NZXT has positioned the Performance Power 800W as an affordable unit, and in that sense, it is one of the least expensive 800W units you will find. But just below at the 750W market segment, there are some compelling products if you don’t need the extra 50W of power. Either way, the NZXT Performance Power 800W isn’t a standout unit in any particular category, but it is a good all-around power supply that offers a successful combination of features, functionality, quality, and aesthetics at a good price.  If you are on a budget and are looking for a solid power supply with some higher horsepower at an affordable price, the Performance Power 800W is worth a good look.

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Our thanks go to NZXT for providing the Performance Power 800W for this review.

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