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NZXT E850 850W Gold Digital ATX Power Supply Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Feb 8, 2020 at 11:55 am CST - 2 mins, 38 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: NP-1PM-E850A-US

NZXT E850 Power Supply

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After removing the PSU from its foam protection, we find it is in a fabric bag to further protect the unit. There is also a plastic bag inside this, which holds the PSU. The E850 should arrive to you in good shape.

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Looking at the fan side of the PSU chassis, we see the cooling fan and its associated grille. NZXT opted to do the new modern way of creating a grille by merely making a grille out of the PSU case itself. This option offers many stylized options along with omitting the potential for rear PSU entry chassis sticking or catching where the grille sticks above the case surface. NZXT chose standard circular holes as its design option for ventilation on the E850.

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Flipping the E850 ninety degrees, we now see the side aesthetic, and I am happy to say that NZXT went very subtle. I do like that the black finish is almost all you see with a simple NZXT and the E850 in contrasting tones to create stealth yet workable labeling. The indented circular groove in the side of the PSU is a strange yet welcome aesthetic as it breaks what would be a flat square box.

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Flipping to the side opposing the fan grille, we find the label. This is the main spec label offering product information, such as the output table. There are also several regulatory and compliance icons on this label, along with the serial number sticker in place.

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Flipping over to the opposing side, we see the indentation again, along with the stealth NZXT and E850 badging. I do like this as it should show nicely through a window in your PSU shroud or if your chassis happens to not come with a PSU cover.

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Here we find the input side of the E850. Here we find the main AC input socket along with the toggle, which will cut the main feed should that be needed. Here we see that the exhaust outlet venting is the same circular openings.

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And to round out the visual overview, we have the output side of the E850. Here, we see that the E850 has all the appropriate connections for the included cables minus one SATA or peripheral cable. There are only three connectors here, but I think that's more than fair as the chance of having six PATA connectors and eight SATA is quite unlikely. Also note that the USB connector here is for CAM communication, if you do not plug this in, the CAM software cannot interface with the E850 unit.

I would like to mention one last thing before we move on to testing, and that is the unique inclusion NZXT made. I love the fact that NZXT took the time to place a warning on the output side where you plug in your modular cables to remind users to use only cables made for that PSU to avoid shorts or damage to the PSU or components. Many of you would probably be surprised to hear how often that happens.

Last updated: Feb 9, 2020 at 06:11 am CST

Shannon Robb


Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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