NZXT HALE90 1000W Modular Power Supply - Testing the HALE90 V2 1kW PSU

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NZXT HALE90 1000W Modular Power Supply
Features and Specifications
Cables and Inside the PSU
Inside the HALE90 V2 PSU
Testing the HALE90 V2 1kW PSU

Testing - 3W, 276W and 988W:

-12v Scope
-12v Scope

3.3v Scope
3.3v Scope

   

5v Scope
5v Scope

+12v Scope
+12v Scope

 

As I expected with I was given the opportunity to look at this high-end PSU, no matter what type of load I put on it, the voltage rails stayed clean, and had very little noise.  As you can see by clicking the images above, we captured a small 5.25mV ripple & noise measurement on the 3.3v rail, 12mV on the 5v rail and 28mV on the 12v line.  This is nice and clean power as ATX specifications state 50mV is allowable on the 3.3v and 5.0v rails while 120mV is acceptable on the 12v rails.  Even with a heavy load the NZXT HALE90 V2 PSU stayed well within specifications on the rails.  The 5v line never strayed above 15mV while the 3.3v line stayed in the single digits in terms of ripple.  The +/- 12v lines stayed pretty clean, but the -12v line did wander a bit and topped out at 90mV - still well within specification.  This is a very solid result - even with a 988W load.

Instead of taking a ton of pictures of each voltage line under different load, we've graphed the results below.

Average Voltage

Average Ripple

 

The voltage is very solid with the NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W PSU, and while most rails tend to be a bit on the high side, the biggest drop in voltage when a load is applied to any of the rails is 0.03v.  On the 3.3v line we see a drop of a mere 0.02v - almost perfect, and on the 5v rail we see a drop of 0.03v - again, incredible.  The +12v rail and -12v rails don't change a bit.  The only thing that I noticed amiss was the 3.3v rail which falls just short of 3.3v at 3.26v.  This is a difference of 0.04v - and certainly nothing to get excited about.

Conclusion:

The NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W PSU is in the middle of the road when it comes to NZXT's new V2 line of HALE90 PSUs as they range from 850W to a full 1200W, and are geared toward consumers with high-end PCs with two or more video cards.  Our test system included some pretty hefty hardware as well as an extra 12v load and it handled it easily.  It pushes out a lot of watts through the single +12v line and proves to be solid, stable and it runs very cool.  The hottest internal component reached 44°C when testing in our office with an ambient of 25°C.  It handled everything we threw at it without any issues at all.

Pros:

  • Low electrical noise
  • Rated at 1000W Continuous
  • Lots of peripheral and SATA connectors
  • Very stable with a very heavy load
  • 14cm fan is very quiet and cools well
  • Standard size should work in almost every system
  • Nice attractive finish
  • 5 Year Warranty

 

Cons:

  • -12v line is a little noisy

 

BCCRating

Gold

NZXT has a rock-solid PSU on their hands with the 1000W HALE90 V2 series PSU and it easily earns a "Gold" award here at BCCHardware for performance, quality and low noise.

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