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The PSU market is extremely competitive, yet new players are often to be seen there. Some of them, like Corsair, have already earned a good reputation although do not actually develop and manufacture PSUs they market under their brands. Today we want to introduce to you another new name. It is NZXT, a company known for its various computer accessories and, recently, CPU coolers and system cases. Now they want to make a try on a completely new field.

We will discuss five products from both PSU series offered by NZXT. To be exact, we’ve got the complete HALE82 series with its three models of 650, 750 and 850 watts. The HALE90 series is comprised of more products, but we’ve got only two: the flagship 1-kilowatt model and a midrange 750-watt one.

Testing Methodology

The following article offers a detailed description of our testing methodology and equipment and a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of power supplies mean: X-bit Labs Presents: Power Supply Units Testing Methodology. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this review abounds in, refer to the Methodology.

You can also go to our Cases/PSU section to check out reviews of all other PSU models we have tested in our labs.

We will mark the actual power consumption of three system configurations (discussed in our article PC Power Consumption: How Many Watts Do We Need?) in the cross-load diagrams. This will help you see if the tested PSU can meet the requirements of a real-life PC.

Testing Participants

NZXT HALE82-650-M, HALE82-750-M and HALE82-850-M

We’ll start out with the HALE82 series which is 80 PLUS Bronze certified.

These products are shipped in modest-sized boxes. The box lacks a carry handle but has a cutout covered with a piece of film so that you could see something inside.

The packaging is designed in the same style, yet is individual for each model in the series.

Each model’s box has a specific color besides the basic black. The particular model’s specifications (electrical parameters and connectors) can be found on the back of the packaging.

The box contents are the same for each model except for some variations in power cables. Besides the PSU, we can see an NZXT-labeled pouch with detachable cables, a mains cord, four mounting screws and one reusable plastic strap (it already holds the cables together in the pouch).

Exterior Design

Every model in the HALE82 series looks the same except for the fixed power cables.

The only distinguishing features we can see here are the white impeller of the cooling fan and the circle with manufacturer’s logo in the center of the vent grid.

The rest of the exterior features are quite conventional: a rough black paint, a honeycomb-mesh back panel, connectors for modular cables on the opposite panel and a cutout for the fan. The rest of the panels are blank.

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