NZXT is a name that most people associate with gamers cases. They've had a few PSU's but most enthusiasts would turn their noses up at them since they weren't what you'd call high end. NZXT is seeking to change all that with their newest offerings, the Precise series in 850W and 1000W versions. I won't mince words here; they've got a long row to hoe. Ever since the G80 cards hit the market everyone and their mother has come out with a 1KW+ PSU and some have pulled it off very well and some have stumbled out of the gate. Will the Precise fit into the former category or the latter? We'll find out in due time... what? You want me to spoiler my own review? Nope, keep reading.
Whee... a box. I'll be honest, I really dislike product packaging shots but I include them for you, the readers. Don't get me wrong, the packaging is what draws you in in the store but unless there's a glaring problem with the packaging it's really not all that exciting unless you have a cardboard fetish.
Many of us buy our products over the internet so we don't see the packages until after we've received our purchases and then those boxes are ripped into, emptied of their treasures and promptly discarded. We miss out on the specs and features listed on the boxes and instead see them listed in the sites we make our purchases from.
Interestingly enough the box that the Precise comes in pulls double duty for both versions. A smart move by NZXT since it saves them a bit of coin. Not only that but it allows an interested potential buyer to see what both units have to offer even if both aren't on hand. That is if you do like some of us and cruise the brick and mortar shops just to ogle the latest PC gear in person and then sneak off to your PC to buy it for less money online ;-)
Now that we've gotten to the top of the box let's pop it open and see what's inside.
Another box... and it's not even a decorated one at that.
Call me jaded but this is what I'm after... the money shot! Boxes are just incidental to what's important, the hardware. IMHO a plain white or brown box would be as exciting as one done up in flames and covered with marketing-speak. It's just going in the garbage after it's all said and done unless there's something that is just too cool to discard of like the Scythe box with the Japanese cryptograms or a Tagan with the briefcase they bundled it in. Then again, I was never one to play with the empty boxes after Christmas was over as a kid.
Oddly enough, NZXT chose to use the baggie with the PSU cord and SATA to molex adapters as padding to prevent the PSU from bouncing around in the box rather than padding. In a way it makes sense since it maximizes the usable space inside the box and allows them to use smaller boxes and save on shipping and storage. The one downside to this is that there's not much padding for the PSU if it were to be subjected to a short, sharp shock (can you dig it amigo?). It could suffer from damage that could otherwise be avoided.
Case in point: There's nothing but a thin layer of foam (EPDM it looks like) in the bottom of the box. That and the bubble wrap baggie the PSU is in are about the only shock absorption afforded for the PSU.
Impressive... it's maybe 1/4" thick.
Alright, that's enough pondering of the box. It looks like it did in fact do the job, the PSU made it through unscathed. She's a pretty nice looking piece actually. Single 120mm fan, semi modular interface with eight 8-pin modular connectors. Above where the cables come through the casing there's a 4-pin modular connector but we don't have a cable that it connects to, Odd.
Let's take a quick peek at the cable load out shall we?
Type of connector:
NZXT Precise 1000W
2 x 2 4-pin 12V connectors
2 x 4 8-pin Xeon/EPS connector
6-pin Xeon/AUX connector
2 x 3 PCIe
2 x 4 PCIe
5.25" Drive connectors
3.5" Drive connectors
SATA Drive power connectors
Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only)
* - 2 of the 6-pin PCI-e connectors are actually 6+2 connectors.
** - 4 more 5.25" peripheral Molexes can be added using included SATA to Molex adapters.
The cables are fairly long running about 21.5" on the fixed cables and a full 24" to the first connector on the modular cable and reaching to a mind boggling 42" to the last connector on the SATA cables! O_o That... is... just... insane! It'd be cool if you were using the Queen Mary as a PC case but for those of us with more normal sized cases it's completely overkill.
I said that the Precise is a semi modular PSU earlier, this is what I mean. The ATX, ATX 12V and EPS cables are all hardwired to the unit. There's also one of the peripheral cables hardwired to the unit as well. It makes a bit of sense as you cannot use the PC sans the ATX and (generally) either the ATX 12V or EPS cables. The peripheral cable is going to be needed (normally... for now) for powering an optical drive or two so it makes a fair bit of sense to include one as well. The best sense would be to make the ATX 12V into a modular cable as well since most new boards are using the EPS connector to power the CPU and even if it doesn't you can usually get away with powering the ATX 12V with an EPS cable unless there's something that will interfere with the four pins hanging off the plug. There's a four pin plug on the modular interface that's not being used for anything as far as I can tell so it would be a small matter to convert it to an ATX 12V connector and have one less cable to have to hide.
NZXT Precise PRC-1000W
Max Combined Watts
That's pretty impressive just from raw numbers. A full 900W on the 12V rails... that's a shed load of power. The question remaining is whether it's nice and clean and stable or if it's dirty and unstable, kind of like Charles Manson. I say that because that kind of power can kill parts.
The PSU is finished in a nice black metal plating. It's becoming more and more widespread in the high end PSU's hitting the market. I'd like to see some other finishes start showing up though since choice adds spice to life. A nice triple chrome plating or colored finish would be nice.
The rear of the Precise features the honeycomb grill I like so well and the sides of the combs are nice and thin. Also on the rear is a switch for multi rail and single rail although I wasn't able to get the PSU to trip with it set to multi rail when I loaded the mobo/drive rail to 41A so I'd have to say that the switch is largely useless. Next to the switch is a hole that has nothing populating it. Whether it was originally for a speed dial for the fans or an LED to indicate the rails were indeed "fused" I have no idea, it just looks a bit tacky leaving it open like that. Cover it with an NZXT sticker or something.
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