NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W Power Supply Review

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There is no question that colors can sometimes seriously date an object. Styles and trends change rapidly, and the colors associated just as quickly. Take cars, for example. Remember the teal/aqua tones so popular in the late 1980s? Think about it, when you see a car that color now, you know pretty much exactly when it was made. Grey and pink in a house is a dead giveaway that the décor was done around 1980. Copper metallic cars…2002. While trendy colors might be cool for a year or two, there is a reason people say that the classics are timeless.

NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W PSU


Thankfully, amid the crazy cases and components we are seeing (heatsinks shaped liked guns….thankfully short lived in 2011), there is a strong push to return to classic designs. Case manufacturers have been making a big push toward sleeker designs, and we are seeing much greater use of monochromatic schemes. NZXT makes some of the most non-traditional looking cases on the market, but even they were one of the first to embrace the scheme, and their designs remain looking fresh even with their distinctive angles. To complement this, NZXT has taken the same approach with their PSU offerings, which look right at home in any of today’s black and white cases, as well as having the ability to match any color scheme. However, in the case of PSUs, looking good isn’t enough, you need to deliver rock solid power as well.

NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W PSU


The NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W PSU is built on their proven rock solid platform, honed and refined to meet the needs of even the most demanding users. The NZXT Hale90 V2 steps up in two areas that are becoming more and more of a concern for modern users; a fully modular interface and improved power and stability on the 5vsb for USB charging of portable devices. The fully modular interface retains the good looking and easy to route flat cables that NZXT has been using on their high end PSUs for all connections, excepting the black sleeved round 20+4 MB connector. The black backplate incorporates into the Hale90 V2’s monochromatic design, and uses easy to identify labeling for all connectors. Connectors do abound, with six 6+2 PCIe, two 4+4 pin CPU, twelve SATA and fourteen 4-Pin peripheral connectors available. Of course, connectors make no difference without solid power and the NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W offers up a single 12V rail capable of 83A and 996W to satisfy even the most power hungry systems. Solid Japanese capacitors are used for increased reliability and durability throughout. Input voltage is automatically sensed, and the Hale90 V2 can operate in the range of 90-264V. Six way protection circuitry keeps the Hale90 V2 safe from almost any conceivable situation, while NZXT backs the Hale90 V2 1000W with a 5-Year Warranty.