Author: Adam Wilson
Installation of the NZXT HALE82N is straightforward. You place the power supply in your cases mounting point, attach it with the four screws provided, and then proceed to connect the power supply to the remainder of your hardware. Don’t forget to route the cables effectively, creating the cleanest look possible!
One of the listed features of the HALE82N series is an extended CPU (4+4 Pin) connector. The purpose of this is so that you can use the HALE82N in large towers or for effective cable routing behind the motherboard tray. NZXT knows that a decent portion of their customer base are enthusiast builders and are trying to accommodate those users here. The question is though.. is it long enough? The answer is a resounding yes; in an NZXT Switch 810, with the cable routed behind the motherboard tray, there is still plenty of room to reach your motherboards CPU header. In terms of the other cables, they are of a sufficient length to reach the components within my case without issue.
The following system was used for testing the two power supplies from the HALE82N series:
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570k @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 8GB (2x 4GB)
Video Card: Sparkle Calibre GTX x480
Hard Drive: Plextor M3 128GB SSD
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
To test the power supply, we used OCCT’s Power Supply test for 30 minutes. We ran it at full screen (1920 x 1080).
First up, the results of the HALE82N 550W.
The HALE82N 550W 3.3V rail has deviation of 0.04v when running at load (1.01%).
The units 5V rail has a deviation of 0.02V at load (1.01%).
Finally, the 12V rail has a deviation of 0.53V at load (1.04%).
None of these voltage values are greater than 5% deviation, which is effectively the maximum amount of voltage deviation before you can run into clean power delivery issues.
Next, the HALE82N 750W.
The HALE82N 750W’s 3.3V rail has a deviation of 0.03V when under load (1.0%).
Next, it’s 5V rail also has a deviation of 0.03V when running at max (1.0%).
Lastly, its 12V rail has a 0.42V deviation when put to task (1.03%).
Again, none of these values fall outside the 5% safe zone.