NZXT Performance Power 800W PSU
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-04-2008
Provided by: NZXT
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Cables


There are a few cables on the PP800 for which NZXT made some great choices. The first of those is the CPU power cable, which has the 4-pin and 8-pin connectors on the same cable. This does a great job of eliminating the inevitable extra cable you'll find on almost every other PSU out there. NZXT also permanently attached the +4 pins on the 24-pin motherboard connector. On a 20-pin input, the extra four pins would simply hang off. While this discounts the small group of people who have capacitors just next to their 20-pin motherboard power inlet, it makes fumbling with the +4 pins inside your case that much easier.

The PCI-express power cables are also well done. The first thing you'll notice is that the 8-pin connector is actually 6+2-pin, which is the most elegant way to build an 8-pin connector for those that only have 6-pin inlets on their cards. The next thing you'll see is that the 6-pin and the 6+2-pin cables are paired together on two of the same cords. This is something that makes a lot of sense and is very convenient, yet nobody has ever thought to do it. Clearly, we will always be using the two very close together, so why run extra cables up to your graphics card?


There are also some cables that NZXT made awkward choices on, though. You'll notice in the Molex picture that the headers don't fold in the same pattern. Instead of the standard back-and-forth design, they have rotated the headers so that (for the most part) they all bend on the same side. This makes installation a bit awkward, as the cables might have to be twisted a large amount in certain circumstances. All told, there are seven Molex connections and a floppy-style connection.

Also on the SATA cables, we see some weird alignment. These cables are optimized for a top-mounted power supply: the only way to get the connectors to line up properly on multiple devices is to have the shortest connector on the top. In a bottom-mount situation, the cables simply aren't long enough to reach the shortest connector to the top, which either means extra twisting, or using an extra cable for more devices. I would have liked to see NZXT stick with the standard zig-zag design here, allowing for a bit more versatility in installation. There are six total SATA connections, which should be plenty for the average user.

Now that we've had a good luck at the PP800, let's do some testing shall we?


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