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Corsair HX850 vs NZXT Hale82

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February 1, 2012 10:10:12 PM

Building a gaming system with Core i5 2500k and Radeon HD 7970. Will overclock both and plan to add another 7970 in future. Which PSU would you recommend?

I was about to buy Hale82, but read the Jonnyguru review and was concerned. The Corsair is Silver Certified whereas Hale82 is only Bronze Certified. Does the certification really matter? Corsair also has a few more cables and is 50 bucks costlier.

Any thoughts? Other PSU recommendations?
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 12:16:30 AM

There's also the NZXT Hale 90 series. Gold, Modular, etc. ...

And the enermax modu87+ series, which also got gold, modular and tested to be very silent, too.

You can get all of these for the price of that corsair (or even less, depends on where you buy/live).
February 2, 2012 12:31:48 AM

The Hale 90 is for 180 bucks on Newegg whereas I can't find a 850W enermax within my budget or in stock.
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a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 12:43:51 AM

I recommend the 750W XFX Pro Edition. It's 80+ Silver, jonnyguru liked it and it's significantly cheaper. The Hale90 is about the best thing out there, but I don't think it's worth the money. You could go 850W if you want. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 12:44:48 AM

Like I said, depends on where you buy/live.

For instance over here the Corsair hx850 is about 162€ and the Hale 90 850W 169€. :) 

A 7970 needs about 240-250W. Take that *2 for CF + System ~150W = 650W. A quality 700W Gold PSU should do it, too. There is an Enermax Modu 87+ with 700W available, iirc. And there's also a 750W Hale 90 available for 20 less than the 850 version.
a c 87 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 11:19:30 AM

You should only be concerned about the findings in the JG review if you know that you will be subjecting your PSU to temperatures above 40C.

Kingwin Lazer Gold 850W $160 ($6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
Based on the same unit as the NZXT Hale90 850W.

The 750W Hale90 is only $135 on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...
February 2, 2012 3:35:51 PM

Thanks for all the recommendations. I know 750W will probably be enough for 7970 CF, but I was inclined for 850W just to be on "the safe side". I'm sure there are a lot of people who think like me and go for the overkill.

By the way, why doesn't anyone recommend the two following units?

Corsair HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At $150, it is cheaper than the Kingwin 850W as well as Rosewill Capstone 750W. This particular unit has excellent ratings on Newegg and I had the feeling that Corsair in general make very good units.

Cooler Master M1000 Silent Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know 1000W is definitely an overkill, but at $140, it is cheaper than a lot of 750W and 850W PSUs. Plus, it has great ratings, is modular and Bronze Certified. What am I missing?
a c 158 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 3:56:57 PM

That Corsair unit is a really good PSU and at $135 after promo code and rebate it's also a good deal, but it's not less than the Capstone. The Capstone is currently $120...$15 less without having to wait for the $20 rebate. If you want to go overboard, then the Corsair you linked is a good unit.

I don't normally recommend Coolermaster PSUs, but the one you're looking at is mfr by FSP - a reputable OEM for PSUs. You would prbably be ok with that unit, but among those three my preference would be Capstone, Corsair, and the Coolermaster in a distant third.
a c 1175 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 4:20:14 PM

Warlord88 said:
Thanks for all the recommendations. I know 750W will probably be enough for 7970 CF, but I was inclined for 850W just to be on "the safe side". I'm sure there are a lot of people who think like me and go for the overkill.

By the way, why doesn't anyone recommend the two following units?

Corsair HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At $150, it is cheaper than the Kingwin 850W as well as Rosewill Capstone 750W. This particular unit has excellent ratings on Newegg and I had the feeling that Corsair in general make very good units.

Cooler Master M1000 Silent Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know 1000W is definitely an overkill, but at $140, it is cheaper than a lot of 750W and 850W PSUs. Plus, it has great ratings, is modular and Bronze Certified. What am I missing?

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Corsair Professional Series HX850W (CMPSU-850HX). Even all of the reputable PSU test review sites rate it as one of the best performing 850W PSUs on the market.

The Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 (RS-A00-AMBA-J3) suffers from mediocre voltage regulation.
February 2, 2012 5:15:13 PM

The Capstone one is not modular :( 

I'm leaning towards Corsair again. I just don't know whether it is worth to shell out 50 bucks extra for it over the Hale82 (my original dilemma). I have no idea whether I'll be subjecting the PSU to over 40c. Like I said, the maximum stress it would have is 7970 CF and i5 2500k, both overclocked.
a c 158 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 5:27:39 PM

Gotta love talking in circles...Answer this question:
Is $50 spread out over the life of this computer worth the peace of mind that it will provide? If yes, then get the Corsair...
a c 158 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 6:00:14 PM

TK: He wants to get an 850W unit for more wiggle room.
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 6:56:02 PM

n/m... I missed that he had already purchased the Hale82.

Keep in mind that the platform is the same as this one:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Where he either felt more generous, or had a bad unit on one of the tests...

You are probably fine with the Hale 82 if you keep your temps in check.
February 2, 2012 8:25:38 PM

Rugger said:
Gotta love talking in circles...Answer this question:
Is $50 spread out over the life of this computer worth the peace of mind that it will provide? If yes, then get the Corsair...


I apologize for going in circles. I had done some research and hence was finalized on those two PSUs in the title. The advantages of Corsair over Hale82 are clear (better reliability, peace of mind, more cables), but I've decided it's not worth the 50 bucks. Also, no one has spoken *bad* things about the Hale82, and crossfiring is at least an year down the line.

Thanks everyone for helping me make an informed decision, and also for being patient with me :D 
a c 87 ) Power supply
February 2, 2012 8:46:44 PM

I had "not recommended" the HX 850 because you were already considering it.

What case are you going to be installing it into?
If the PSU is bottom mounted or otherwise in a separate thermal zone to the CPU and other heat generating components then it shouldn't have to deal with high temperatures.

Another advantage to the HX 850 compared to the Hale82 is the fact that it is likely to be quieter. They both have a similar minimum fan speed of ~1000RPM(+/- 100RPM), but the HX 850 has had it's fan at maximum load measured at only ~1370RPM, whereas the Hale82 gets all the way up to ~2300RPM.
http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/6233-nataggregat-i...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/psu-800w...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/nzxt-psu...
Don't know if that pushed you back towards the Corsair, but I thought that you should consider this information as well.
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