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NZXT C850 Gold ATX Power Supply Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Apr 21, 2020 at 9:17 am CDT - 2 mins, 17 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: NP-C850M

NZXT C850 Gold Power Supply

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The PSU comes out of the soft foam shell housed in a fabric bag to help avoid abrasion damage during shipping. The bag is decorated with the NZXT logo and has a simple fold-over and tuck flap to close it up.

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The grille section is where we look first, and we can see that NZXT opted to design their fan grille opening into the PSU chassis itself. The grille is an array of circular holes to help provide adequate airflow while keeping a sleek overall aesthetic, minus a standard grille that may stand out from the design.

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Here we flipped the C850 ninety degrees to view the side, which would be visible through the main chassis window. And here is where I see an issue that jumped out at me, the logo and name design was applied upside down. This means if your chassis has no PSU shroud or has a window, the logo will be upside down. I have spoken to NZXT about this, and they are revising the design on a future run to correct this issue as it was an oversight. For most users, this will not be an issue as most chassis have a solid PSU shroud, but it's a pretty interesting aesthetic oversight.

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Flipping over to the main label side and we see the spec label along with serial number and compliance and certifications directly on the label.

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Flipping over to the opposing logo side and we see that even with the fan positioned upwards, the logo is upside down from the main chassis view. This means Cases such as NZXT H series will be fine, and the logo will be visible right side up through the cable management area, but if your chassis has the window mentioned above in the shroud or no shroud at all, it will be upside down.

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Flipping to the input side, we find the Main AC input for the C850. Also, here are the mains toggle and the zero RPM fan mode switch. The switch is not momentary, so if you enable it, it stays enabled, which is nice vs. a soft button.

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Now we taker a look at the modular output side of the C850. The connectors present on the supply match the cables provided, which means you could use every connector on the supply if you needed it. Some PSU's I have seen skimp on peripheral cable connections and can only support a mix of cables, so this is nice. Now that we know we can max this unit out, I say let's strap it to the bench and see what it can do.

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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