NZXT came to me a few months ago bearing review samples for their new Hale82 series. Based on solid Seasonic platforms, these initially very promising units began to show issues with ripple when heated up in the hot box, in the case of the 850 watt model. Today, I want to take a look at the 750 watt model. Let’s see if this one, too, has these same issues.
SUPPLIED BY: NZXT
PRODUCT: Hale82 750W
PROD LINK: NZXT’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $119.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
A few months back, I took a look at NZXT’s new Hale82 line of units for the first time when I tested the 850 watt model in that line. Despite sharing an otherwise solid Seasonic platform with units like the Silver Power SP-S850M and the Corsair TX750 V2, it exhibited some rather disappointingly high ripple… but only when hot tested. None of the other units I’d seen using this platform had done this, and I could only speculate as to why.
Well, today I have the 750 watt model on my bench for testing. We’re going to see if it suffers the same fate as its big brother.
A completely new PSU designed from the ground up for gamers and enthusiasts, eh? Well, it may have been new in January, when I tested big brother, but now we’re into July. Seems a mite less new to me now.
As always, there’s some marketing to deal with, 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 the 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
And there’s even more marketing on this side of the box, thanks to a list of 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
I really have to ask… do we need protection from Short Circuit? I mean, it is kind of a cheesy movie even for the eighties, but still… can’t we just use the remote and change channels or something when it’s on? And come on, now, you have to watch long enough to see the Three Stooges routine with robots.
Fortunately, the box is running out of marketing, as we see here. That means we can get on to the good stuff.
Let’s do some unpacking.
A donkey, some walnuts, a small bag of pine cones, three tons of fertilizer, some gravel, and a can of soda. These are some of the items not found in the box. What did I find in the box? The stuff you see in this picture: a power supply, power cord, bag of screws, user guide, and some modular cables with carrying bag.
Here’s the user guide. Not the best, not the worst, just kind of in between.