The NRP-HC1201 1200w unit itself is coated in a dark taupe colour in a matte finish. It’s not the most flashy unit we’ve seen but it does have a blue LED in the fan to illuminate it and give a bit of extra attention. It looks very sharp, and the entire package just "fits" with the presentation here. The finish on the NRP-HC1201 is very slightly textured, and looks to be powder-coated applied, so you needn’t worry about fingerprints. Additionally, the finish is rather scratch-resistant, as I did give it a poke with a screwdriver to test it out. This may not be the wisest move, but I’ve done it so you don’t have to. Thankfully, it came away completely unscathed and not a mark at all.
The unit is a bit longer than smaller ones we’ve seen, coming in at 7-3/4", so the NRP-HC1201 will be cramped in a small case. This shouldn’t be a problem, however, since chances are you have a large case if you need a monster 1200W power supply.
The rear of the unit features honeycombed perforations to allow for increased airflow from the fan to exhaust the hot air out the rear of your case. Overall the NRP-HC1201 1200w looks rather imposing and is very beefy and weighty, always a good sign, particularly when it’s a monster of a unit that should be enough to power a small reactor inside your system.
The front of the unit is where the action is, as we see the modular cable interface.?The cable connectors are the fairly standard “click-in” type and connect directly into the unit flush to the housing. The connectors are colour-coded to distinguish between the types of connectors. The NRP-HC1201 1200w isn’t fully modular, as the 24-pin and ATX cables are connected to the unit, although this really isn’t an issue since every system needs these cables anyways, and they won’t add to the mess of unnecessary cable clutter. There is a full complement of cables, including 2 ? 6+2-pin connectors needed for the latest high-end graphics cards.?All the cables are sleeved here in a black colour.
The modular cables are all sleeved in a black mesh, and are suitably covered to the very end of the connectors. There is a full complement of cables, including 3 – 6-pin and 3 – 6+2-pin connectors needed for the latest high-end graphics cards in multi-GPU SLI/Crossfire setup (we’ll be doing just that during testing), and with such a huge assortment of cables it will cover just about any need you have.
The cable lengths for the NRP-HC1201 are adequate, with each of the main cables running approximately 20" from tip to end. The secondary (PCI-E, SATA, Molex) connectors are also about 20" to the first connector, then 6" after that to each subsequent one on the string. It’s been our experience that these lengths are barely sufficient for use in a full tower with a bottom-mounted power supply if you want to route cables behind the motherboard tray and clean up the interior of a case.
Looking at the specifications we see that the NRP-HC1201 1200w has 4 +12V rails, with two rated at 36A and two at 20A, and at 1200w total, there is more than enough juice for the hungriest of systems, including overclocked Quad Core CPUs and dual graphics card setups in Crossfire or SLI. However, should you need the maximum output, the NRP-HC1201 features auto-switching, which means that if one rail becomes overloaded then the four rails will combine into one large rail. This is an excellent feature.
Let’s take a look on the inside.