NZXT Hale82 850W Power Supply

It’s been a few weeks since I last load tested anything smaller than a thousand watts, but the day has come at last. Today, I’m looking at the NZXT Hale82 850 watt unit. This 80 Plus Bronze unit is being pointed at those of us who want top-notch performance at a reasonable price.

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: NZXT
MANUFACTURER: NZXT
PRODUCT: Hale82 850W
PROD LINK: NZXT’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $119.99 @ Tiger Direct
Price is at the time of testing!

NZXT Hale82 850W

Hello, folks. It’s that time again… power supply reviewing time. Today, I’m getting my pawprints all over the NZXT Hale82 850 watt unit. This is an 80 Plus Bronze certified semi modular affair being targeted at people who want good, clean power but aren’t quite ready or able to fork out the big bucks on the more expensive units on the market.

Before we get into the usual box pictures, NZXT wanted me to give you a little bit of info on their new “Less Than Three” service. Basically, what this means is that you can buy any of their power supplies for less than three dollars. No, wait… that’s wrong. It means you can only have three NZXT units at the same time. No, wait, that’s wrong too. It actually means my mental age is less than three years old. Well… I guess that one’s true, but it’s still not what they’re talking about.

Less than three is NZXT’s service program. What happens is, you take your power supply and register it with them the day you buy it. That’s step one. Then, you take your dead power supply and slap on the shipping label they give you. That would be step two. For step three, they send you a replacement power supply. If you have a credit card, they’ll cross-ship. If not, you get to sit there and wait for them to test the old one first. They promise to have a new unit to your door within three business days (US and Canada only).

Let’s see about those box pictures now.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Ah, look. Marketing. This is a little hard to read, so I’ll take pity on you readers and print it out here:

HALE82 Series is powered by:

  • 80+ Bronze certification – The HALE82 operates with high efficiency 20%, 50% and 100% loads, operate at 82%, 85% and 82% respectively
  • 100% high quality – Japanese capacitors for promoting longer lifespan and reliability
  • 120mm two-ball bearing fan – Provides smooth, silent rotation, and optimal air intake
  • Strong single +12V rail – Delivers stability and ease of use to deliver clean currents under a heavy load
  • Modular design – Offers a selection of flat cables that allows you to use only necessary cables needed for your devices to maximize cable management and increase airflow inside chassis
  • Large tower support – Extended cables for bottom mounted or large cases
  • Dual 8pin connectors – For high-end motherboards dedicated to overclocking
  • Keep It Safe – Protection that covers: over voltage, current, power, temperature, under voltage, and short circuits

All this is pretty much what we’re used to, and nothing up there makes me really want to go into a massive rant against it. Except, perhaps, the single 12V blurb. But I’ve already ranted myself sick over that one so I’ll let it go this time for the most part. Multiple 12V rails are not evil and do not in and of themselves contribute to instability. Let’s leave it at that for today.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Two colorful graphs can be found on this side of the box. One’s for efficiency, the other is for noise level. Efficiency, we’ll be looking into on the next two pages. Noise? Well… you try getting any kind of meaningful noise measurements when you have two Sunon DP200A’s and two DP100A’s all blasting away at full speed in the same room. Seriously… these are 2700RPM 120mm AC fans running at 240V and 120V respectively. They. Are. Not. Quiet. Very few power supplies have fans powerful enough to even become audible over the sound of those screamers.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Oh goody. More bullet points to reprint:

FEATURES

  • 80 Plus Bronze Certification
  • SLI and CrossFire Ready
  • Highly Reliable 105°C Japanese Capacitors
  • Solid State Capacitors
  • 120mm Two-Ball Bearing Fan
  • Over Current, Voltage, Power, Temperature Protection
  • Under Voltage Protection
  • Short Circuit Protection
  • Active PFC
  • Modular Cables
  • 5 Year Warranty

NZXT Hale82 850W

The box pictures are over – time to unpack!

NZXT Hale82 850W

The contents of the box included a power supply, a power cord, a bag of modular cables, some screws, and a user guide.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Here’s the user guide now. Not the best I’ve seen. It is particularly lacking when it comes to the output specs, because at no time does it tell you at what temperature you will get those 850 watts at. My hotbox may be able to answer that question, though.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Time to look at the power supply itself. Matte black is always nice.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Another angle, showing the modular connectors.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Not a lot of grille space at the exhaust, but it should be sufficient to keep the unit cool.

NZXT Hale82 850W

I’ve always wanted to know what NZXT stands for. I’m guessing “Nutty Zebra Xerox Trends.”

NZXT Hale82 850W

Let’s have a look straight down on that 120mm fan. Black and white aren’t bad as far as color schemes go.

NZXT Hale82 850W

And now for the label.

Hale82 850W – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
25A 25A 70A 0.6A 3A
Max Power 150W 840W 6W 15W
850W

And now for a table. Now, the operating temperature spec is nowhere to be found either in the manual of this unit or on the company website, so we’re going to have to wing it in the hotbox testing. That’ll be on page three.

NZXT Hale82 850W

The modular connectors. The modular cables are labeled as to which end to plug in here. Now, while the modular 8 pin CPU cable can plug into here on either end, don’t worry – my Extech multimeter tells me pinout is the same on both ends. You will not hurt anything if you mix the ends up on that cable.

NZXT Hale82 850W

Speaking of the modular cables, here they are now. They’re all done in ribbon cable. Some people like these, some don’t.

NZXT Hale82 850W

And finally, the hardwired cables. I’m not too wild about that second chain of PCI-e connectors. I don’t reckon it needs to be here. Honestly, if you need three chains of dual PCI-e connectors, you should really be looking into a thousand watt unit rather than this one. Still, this unit will plug into three video cards if need be.

Hale82 850W – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU
Fixed Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 530 mm
4+4 pin CPU 710 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 550+100 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 550+100 mm
Modular Cables
8 pin CPU 555 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 560+100 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA 560+150+150 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA 560+150+150 mm
SATA+SATA 360+150 mm
5.25″+5.25″+5.25″ 560+150+150 mm
5.25″+5.25″+5.25″ 560+150+150 mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
160 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm

The box told us the cabling was a bit long for big cases, and the numbers here confirm that. Why the hardwired CPU cable alone is over 700mm long. Nice – I do have trouble getting that cable to reach to the top of my Antec Twelve Hundred on some units.

Say… something’s missing here. What could it be, what could it be… aha! No 3.5″ connectors! This is a first – they’ve actually done away with those connectors altogether. There aren’t even any adapters – they’re just gone. I’m not sure I mind that, actually. It’s been a long time since I had anything that required those in either of my computers.