NZXT HALE90 V2 1000 W Review 6

NZXT HALE90 V2 1000 W Review

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Test Setup

All measurements were performed using two Chroma 6314A mainframes equipped with the following electronic loads: six 63123A [350 W each], one 63102A [100 W x2], and one 63101A [200 W]. The aforementioned equipment is able to deliver 2500 W of load, and all loads are controlled by a custom-made software. We also used a Picoscope 3424 oscilloscope, a Picotech TC-08 thermocouple data logger, a Fluke 175 multimeter, and a Yokogawa WT210 power meter. We also included a wooden box, which, along with some heating elements, was used as a hot box. Finally, we had at our disposal four more oscilloscopes (Rigol 1052E and VS5042, Stingray DS1M12, a second Picoscope 3424), and a CEM DT-8852 sound level meter. In this article, you will find more details about our equipment and the review methodology we follow. Finally, we conduct all of our tests at 40 - 45°C ambient in order to simulate with higher accuracy the environment seen inside a typical system, with 40 - 45°C being derived from a standard ambient assumption of 23°C and 17 - 22°C being added for the typical temperature rise within a system.

Primary Rails Voltage Regulation

The following charts show the voltage values of the main rails, recorded over a range from 60W to the maximum specified load, and the deviation (in percent) for the same load range.

5VSB Regulation

The following chart shows how the 5VSB rail deals with the load we throw at it.

Hold-up Time

The hold-up time is a very important characteristic of a PSU and represents the amount of time, usually measured in milliseconds, that a PSU can maintain output regulations as defined by the ATX spec without input power. In other words, it is the amount of time that the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption. The ATX spec sets the minimum hold-up time to 16 ms at maximum continuous output load. In the following screenshot, the blue line is the mains signal and the yellow line is the "Power Good" signal. The latter is de-asserted to a low state when any of the +12V, 5V, or 3.3V output voltages fall below the undervoltage threshold, or after the mains power has been removed for a sufficiently long time to guarantee that the PSU cannot operate anymore.

The capacity of the combined APFC caps is small, but the optimized design allows the hold-up time to barely exceed the minimum allowed time that the ATX spec sets.

Inrush Current

Inrush current or switch-on surge refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when first turned on. Because of the charging current of the APFC capacitor(s), PSUs produce large inrush current right as they are turned on. Large inrush current can cause the tripping of circuit breakers and fuses and may also damage switches, relays and bridge rectifiers; as a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as they are turned on, the better.

The inrush current of this unit is amazingly low! FSP did a marvelous job here.

Voltage Regulation and Efficiency Measurements

The first set of tests revealed the stability of the voltage rails and the efficiency of the HALE90 V2 1000 W. The applied load was equal to (approximately) 20%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 80%, 100%, and 110% of the maximum load that the PSU can handle. In addition, we conducted two more tests. In the first test, we stressed the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load while the load at +12V was only 2 A, and, in the second test, we dialed the maximum load that the +12V rail could handle while the load on the minor rails was minimal.

Voltage Regulation & Efficiency Testing Data
NZXT HALE90 V2 1000W
Test12 V5 V3.3 V5VSBPower
EfficiencyFan SpeedFan NoiseTemp
20% Load14.628A2.013A1.983A1.007A199.77W89.65%960 RPM38.9 dBA 37.24°C0.960
12.182V4.966V3.325V4.949V222.83W 43.16°C230.0V
40% Load29.665A4.041A3.985A1.211A399.65W92.29%1010 RPM39.8 dBA 38.57°C0.980
12.152V4.947V3.310V4.940V433.06W 48.02°C229.9V
50% Load37.092A5.055A4.998A1.624A499.58W92.25%1190 RPM44.2 dBA 40.38°C0.983
12.136V4.935V3.299V4.922V541.53W 50.65°C229.9V
60% Load44.539A6.089A6.015A2.035A599.56W92.31%1365 RPM46.8 dBA 41.82°C0.990
12.120V4.923V3.290V4.904V649.50W 52.82°C229.8V
80% Load59.650A8.151A8.064A2.453A799.40W91.84%1620 RPM50.4 dBA 43.55°C0.995
12.088V4.904V3.273V4.887V870.45W 55.76°C229.8V
100% Load75.061A9.199A9.113A4.150A999.25W91.14%1865 RPM53.0 dBA 45.18°C0.995
12.052V4.887V3.257V4.814V1096.45W 59.23°C229.7V
110% Load83.478A9.221A9.138A4.163A1099.12W90.71%1970 RPM54.2 dBA 45.95°C0.996
12.033V4.876V3.248V4.801V1211.65W 60.60°C229.7V
Crossload 11.963A18.011A18.002A0.502A174.22W82.60%1585 RPM49.9 dBA 43.05°C0.958
12.180V4.919V3.288V5.036V210.93W 49.53°C230.0V
Crossload 282.936A1.000A1.003A1.001A1012.78W91.23%1895 RPM53.7 dBA 45.22°C0.995
12.054V4.901V3.273V4.881V1110.20W 58.90°C229.7V

The unit easily delivered more than its full power at nearly 46°C ambient. Efficiency only dropped under 90% on the 20% load test and increased significantly, surpassing 92% on three tests, with higher loads. The sweet range is, as usual, between 40% and 60% of the maximum-rated-capacity load.

Voltage regulation on all rails was good, although not exceptional since none of the rails managed to register a deviation within 1%. Nevertheless, all rails except the 5VSB one stayed well under 3%, which is noteworthy for a 1 kW PSU.

Regarding output noise: The corresponding column of the above table shows that fan speed stayed low during the first two tests, which resulted in noise levels below 40 dBA. Afterwards, the fan entered the high-noise region, creating terribly annoying noise levels at full load. The high-speed fan of this unit will, although the fan-speed profile is relaxed, spin at high RPM with low voltage input, which greatly affects noise. FSP should, in our humble opinion, use bigger heatsinks inside the unit to allow for a quiet fan with lower RPM to be used. The current fan does at least do a pretty good job of removing heat out of the unit, as is clearly shown by the large delta difference we measured between input and output temperatures.
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