NZXT Premium Cables
With the NZXT Premium Cables I had to look at the actual wiring to find the gauges as they are not disclosed. The smaller wires are not marked, but comparing diameter to the known BitFenix cables, I could tell the fan cables are 26 gauge wires. These cables are covered with braided plastic that most of us are used to seeing, much like that in the intro image. Where the wires meet every connector, no matter the cables function, there is 4.5mm of black heatshrink tubing visible no matter the color choice of the three you pick. Priced close to BitFenix, the NZXT cables can be had from $3.95 to $10.95 at Preformance-PCs.com. Again, pricing varies in that gap depending on the cable type.
The cellophane bag is classed up a bit compared to the BitFenix packaging, but again uses a foldover piece of cardboard with staples to secure the packaging.
As I mentioned, no matter what color or what cables, all of them start from the connection with the black heatshrink before you get to the actual covering. I will say that all the ends are even and after a bunch of work trying to straighten the bends out of the cables, the wires do lay straight and even with each other for the most part.
The NZXT cables are typically 20cm or twelve inches long. In the instance of the fan extension, it is 25cm or roughly twelve and a half inches long. All in all, some pretty nice looking cables, but the stiffness of the wire inside mixed with the memory the plastic has from being folded, they are ready to be formed for your case. By this I mean if you want them round or somewhat graceful looking, you better wrap these around a pop can and wrap it with rubber bands to set a new memory for the wires insulation and the plastic braid on the outside.
This is just a close up shot to also see the effect the light has on these cables. With the cloth of the BitFenix solution, it is flat and won't reflect light. With lighting on these cables, they will most definitely show this shine and in my opinion, not as nice as what the cloth looks like. This is more the normal solution covering these wires. You can buy it with thicker braiding if you want to do it yourself, but these single braid coverings are more like fishnet stockings. It's not really a "covering" if I can see the wires and the printing on them right through this now is it? The last thing that is a downer for the NZXT cables is that you can only get them in Black, Red and White.