In the not so distant past, many manufacturers pushed for more from their power supplies; more power, more cables, more rails. Now it seems the trend is less, less waste, less heat, less cost. As consumers, anytime we can get more for less it's a win-win for us, and there's no greater proof of that than the current power supply market. Units from several years ago were big, heavy and inefficient. Many were lucky to exceed even 75% efficiency, the rest of that power was literally just generating hot air. 80Plus standards changed all that, setting a minimum efficiency of 80% across the board, then later raising that bar by adopting bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels.
NZXT is primarily a case manufacturer, although they have released some power supplies in the past, namely their Performance Power and Precise series. Here at OCIA.net we've tested a few of these models over the years and found them to be very stable and of decent quality, particularly considering their relatively low price. However even as recently as just two years ago, they failed to meet basic 80Plus standards, topping out around 78% efficiency. Now NZXT looks to change all that by releasing a new line of power supplies, the HALE90 Gold series.
Join me as I take a closer look at the NZXT HALE90 750W power supply.