NZXT Premium Cables
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 03-16-2010
Provided by: NZXT
Usage, Findings and Conclusion

There really isn't much to installing these cables, or so I thought. Since I am using a Core i5 system, I didn't need the VGA cables as the graphics for this system are built into the processor. I did have an issue with the 24-pin ATX cable however.

Connecting the extension cable to the end of the ATX cable from the power supply proved to be a difficult task. I ended up trying to use a flathead screwdriver for leverage and as you can see, I managed to snap the locking tab. This is really my fault for being stupid and trying to use a screwdriver, but I couldn't seem to get the two locked together.

With the tab broken, I ended up using a zip tie to make sure the two cables stay connected. Odds are you won't run into this issue. But other than this, I had no problems with the installation. The black cables match the motherboard and case perfectly and really help to give the system a stealthy look.

I installed the extension cables along with the following hardware:

Intel Core i5 661 Processor
Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU Cooler
EVGA H55 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 2x 2GB
Patriot Torqx 64 GB SSD
BFG 550 Power Supply
Lite-On Optical Drive
Corsair Obsidian Case

The first photo shows the ATX and CPU extension cables from the back and the second photo shows the finished results. As you can see, had I not used the extensions, the ugly power wires would have ruined the overall sleek install in this case.

My only other suggestion is with the dual SATA cable. The two SATA cables are pretty close together and may or may not be usable in your scenario. A little extra slack between the two cables would be nice.

Beside the six cables shown here today, NZXT also offers a 4-pin Molex to three SATA cable and a 4-pin Molex to four SATA cable.

The NZXT premium cables range in price from $3.99 to $9.99 at a popular online retailer. Depending on how many cables you need, you are probably looking at $20-40 bucks to totally deck out your system with these extension cables.

If you disregard the fact that these are extension cables, they really become a novelty item. But if you are looking to finish off your tidy power supply install with some very nice individually braided cables but don't want to spend the time doing it yourself with a mesh kit, these cables are for you. Or if you simply need the extra length, these cables provide that as well. awards the NZXT Premium Cables our Gold Seal of Approval!

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