Our load tests utilize a couple of FAST ATE active load testers and a variety of other equipment such as an oscilloscope, power conditioner, temperature probe and a power consumption meter. You can read more about our standard testing approach here.
The tests performed are based around six conceivable setups that are out there and progressively load down the PSU up to the power supply's limits or 1000W, whichever comes first. Since our test equipment's limits are equal to that of the NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W power supply, we can test it to the maximum.
The above tests represent typical loads that we have measured from various systems and are meant to give a rough idea of where your computer might fall in line with our tests. Please keep in mind that each system is different and actual loads can vary greatly even with similar hardware.
Let's start by taking a look at the voltages to see how well this unit did during testing. Starting with the 12V rail, we see 2% regulation from start to finish with a total drop of .17V. The 5V rail managed to stay within 1% of specification with a total drop of .06V from start to finish. Moving towards the 3.3V rail, we see that regulation was within 2% of specification with a total voltage drop of .08V.
DC Output quality for the HALE90 V2 1000W was spectacular. During Test 1, we saw 7mV of noise on our scope. When we increased the loads in Test 3, the ripple climbed to 13mV at around half load. During Test 6 under a load of 1000W, the oscilloscope showed a maximum of 21mV on noise on the 12V rail.
The NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W is rated for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency. This means that the power supply must perform at 87%/90%/87% efficiency at 20%/50%/100% loads respectively. As you can see, the HALE90 V2 1000W passed on our bench, and wasn't close to failing at any point.
Right from the start, we expected quite a bit out of the HALE90 V2 1000W power supply. NZXT set the bar high years ago with the original HALE90 and the hype from their press release made us even more sure that this would be a top notch power supply. If the performance alone was what we judged upon, the HALE90 V2 would score incredibly well, as it did great.
While we may have seen better voltage regulation in the past, it wasn't by too much. Staying with 1%-2% of your specified voltage is great, but that isn't where this unit shines. Noise suppression is where the money is at on this unit, with a maximum of 21mV on the 12V rail at full load. Few units on the market can do this and we're glad to see another on the list. Efficiency for the unit is also spectacular as we see numbers that are almost at 80 PLUS Platinum levels, yet the unit is only Gold rated. I checked the results multiple times just to confirm and they are both correct and in line with what the unit presented when undergoing the official 80 PLUS tests.
The drawback to the HALE90 V2 comes not in performance this time around, but cost. The steep price of the unit is just a hindrance when there are both 80 PLUS Gold and Platinum rated units on the market that perform just as well, have all the same features, and cost less. Add in the excessive Molex connector availability and the use of the C19 power connector on a 1000W unit and things just stop falling in place and make less and less sense. Once the initial value wears off and it drops in price, the NZXT HALE90 V2 is going to be a great investment. Until then, spend your money wisely.