In The Box
Once we get the goods out of the box we end up with nothing more nor less than what we need to get our system up and running. Besides the main unit we have a bundle of cables that fit the modular power supply and some mounting screws. Also included but not pictured is a power cord.
To give you some concept as to what you can expect out of this unit, it consists of four 12V rails each capable of handling a draw of 18A. The 5V rail is rated at 30A and the 3.3V rail is set to handle 36A. This will give you a good deal of flexibility as well as being able to handle older Athlon systems that depend on a strong showing on the 5V rail. It is rated to handle a consistent draw of 580W and a total output of 600W. While not the beefiest of power supplies to grace our lab, it should have enough to handle any standard system and many of the enthusiast rigs out there.
The exterior side of the unit is sparse in appearance but makes up for this by providing a large area of mesh material for optimal airflow. Considering the background of the founders of Nexus, this should not come as much of a surprise.
As is becoming very commonplace, this model has an internal power switch that automatically detects between 120V and 240V outlets. While simplistic in concept, this can keep you from accidentally burning out a power supply.
Working in conjunction with all that mesh material on the external facing is a 120mm fan. Larger fans like this one help by not only keeping the internals cooler than smaller varieties, but also do so with a lot less noise. This 600W PSU is rated at less than 20dBA when idling and maxes out at just a shade over 30dBA. Unless you are running your system in a very hot room, odds are good that you will never come close to maximum volume on this power supply, even under long periods of high load.
Moving to the back of the main unit shows the modular design used in the NX-8060. While we certainly appreciate the extra effort used to properly label the modular ports, the different sized blocks make it a no-brainer. If you mess this up, you should give up on upgrading your own system.
Being a modular design, you only need to attach the cabling you require to run your system. For those who have not tried a modular PSU, you are missing out on a very simple way to limit the amount of cable clutter within your enclosure. If you do not need all those Molex connectors, just leave them in the box. No more finding inventive ways to tuck away excess cables that get in the way of good airflow.
Taking a quick look at the included cabling shows that we have a lot of versatility. Besides the 20+4-pin primary connector, the main wiring harness also includes a 4+4-pin auxiliary connector and one PCIe power block. Everything beyond this will be provided by using the modular cabling. This includes seven Molex connectors, six SATA and two FDD connectors. These will connect up in the five blocks toward the left of the modular panel. The final power block (next to the wiring harness) gives you a choice of adding in either another PCIe cable or a separate 4+4-pin auxiliary cable to handle a dual-processor rig. As we said earlier, this power supply is very versatile.
A final note is a feature that should be standard for all power supplies, but is not. The picture above shows one of the Molex connectors with two plastic sleeves curving around the block. When you insert the Molex into a device and need to remove it, you simply squeeze the tabs and it removes the Molex directly from the device without damaging either the Molex or the component. No more wiggling the thing back and forth and causing undue stress on the device you are removing it from.