When NZXT informed me that their C series of PSU was coming, I was a bit excited as I am not a fan of digital supplies with software only due to the potential conflict as every device seems to have software these days. And the E850, while CAM has improved quite a bit, I still like to have the option to go without it. The C series seems to give us the quality and performance of the E850 without the need for software to monitor it or worry about it.
What we like
The C850 is a good-looking supply with aesthetics that should match any build. The PSU under a heavy load kept chugging along even if the fan did complain a bit. The C850 pulled a seriously heavy load, which was well over its specification and did not lose stability or error on a single workload during hours of testing. The C850 is a good value for its asking price as it goes head to head with many 750W supplies or semi-modular 850s. The C850 simply does what it should without much fuss.
What do we think could be better?
I think it's evident that we would like to see the logo be oriented the correct way so that your PSU does not look goofy when installed in a chassis that does not have a PSU shroud. However, NZXT is fixing that, but it's still worth noting. The fan noise was more audible than other 850W supplies I have tested in the past, but I do think that under normal gaming loads, the supply would not be loud over other system components.
I would also like to see NZXT embrace the new trend of all 12V only connections having the same connector to make cable management more straightforward as it allows you to connect to the modular interface via whatever spot works best for your design.
At the current asking price of $129.99, I feel like the C850 holds its own, especially when considering similar feature sets. The C850 at least at the time of writing is priced alongside popular brands such as Corsair or EVGA, but at 750W, whereas for the same money, you can get an NZXT 850W. Granted, I did find a Seasonic semi-modular 850W for the same price, but then you are giving up modularity.
Shannon's Power Supply Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Zenith Extreme Alpha (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Custom Alphacool CPU Liquid Cooling (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB 3000MHz 32GB (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA TITAN V (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collectors Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: VARIABLE (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
NZXT has taken the E850 which we already liked, removed the digital CAM integration, and kept the performance. This is a solid power supply for anyone looking to build a high-end gaming rig or mid-range workstation.
NZXT C850 Gold ATX Power Supply
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