NZXT HALE82 850 W Power Supply Review

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Introduction

The HALE82 is the latest power supply series from NZXT, available in 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W versions. These power supplies feature a modular cabling system, 80 Plus Bronze certification, and DC-DC design. Let’s see if you should consider the 850 W model.

The HALE82 units are manufactured by Seasonic, and are rebranded Seasonic M12II Bronze units. Keep in mind that the HALE90 units from NZXT are manufactured by a different company, Super Flower.

NZXT HALE82 850WFigure 1: NZXT HALE82 850 W power supply

NZXT HALE82 850WFigure 2: NZXT HALE82 850 W power supply

The NZXT HALE82 850 W is 6.3” (160 mm) deep, using a 120 mm ball bearing fan on its bottom (ADDA AD1212HB-A70GL).

As mentioned, this unit has a modular cabling system with six connectors, two for video cards or ATX12V/EPS12V power cables and four for peripheral and SATA power cables. Four cables are permanently attached to the power supply. This power supply comes with the following cables:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 20.5” (52 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector, 26.8” (68 cm) long, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with one EPS12V connector, 23.6” (60 cm) long, modular cabling system
  • Two cables, each with two six/eight-pin connectors for video cards, 21.6” (55 cm) to the first connector, 3.9” (10 cm) between connectors, permanently attached to the power supply
  • One cable with two six/eight-pin connectors for video cards, 22” (56 cm) to the first connector, 3.9” (10 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • Two cables, each with three SATA power connectors, 21.3” (54 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors, 14.2” (36 cm) to the first connector, 6.3” (16 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system
  • Two cables, each with three standard peripheral power connectors, 22” (56 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors, modular cabling system

All wires are 18 AWG, which is the minimum recommended gauge.

The cable configuration is good for an 850 W power supply, with six video card power connectors (allowing the installation of three high-end video cards), two EPS12V connectors, and eight SATA power connectors. It would be a little better if the third SATA cable had three connectors instead of only two.

NZXT HALE82 850WFigure 3: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

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