On the heels of Computex Taipei, set to start on Tuesday, NZXT has announced two new products. It’s hard to follow up the release of a new CPU, but NZXT did their best by bringing their signature style to new the HALE 83 V2 power supplies and H230 case.
H230 Silent Midtower Case
Billed as the first product to be released at Computex (mind you the convention hasn’t started yet), the H230 was designed as “an affordable, silent chassis with all of the necessary essentials for a clean, functional build.” If we have come to learn anything from previous NZXT cases, like the NZXT Phamton 820, their cases are always well-built and have plenty of wire management options to satisfy the clean design bit mentioned in the marketing blurb.
Here is a bit more of the press release for further details:
Continuing the legacy of the H series, the H230 brings similar sound crushing abilities as its predecessors into a smaller, more accessible package for all. With an enclosed, minimalistic design, the H230 is every bit as functional as it is sleek.
Complete with a tool-free 5.25″ drive latch design, removable HDD cage, seven motherboard expansion slots and top accessible USB 3.0 connectivity, the H230 brings together all of the essentials for a hassle-free build with a minimalistic edge.
Not specifically mentioned above, but implied, the H230 comes with sound absorbing material on the inside of the case. I have to say, I am digging the modern, but elegant design. The most impressive part might be the $69.99 MSRP, since most silent cases typically cost quite a bit more including one of our favorites, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 at $89.99.
HALE82 V2 Power Supplies
We’ve always been impressed with NZXT’s HALE power supplies, and now there are two more members of the family. The goal with the HALE82 V2 lineup was to fill a hole in the marketplace for inexpensive fully modular units:
The NZXT HALE82 V2 was designed with one goal in mind: bring consumers a high performance, feature-rich power supply without the premium price tag. As any computer enthusiast will tell you, poor cable management can make a beautiful build look like a complete mess. One of the major contributors to these cable management hassles is the power supply.
Unfortunately, fully modular cables are a luxury usually found only in high-end, high performance power supplies. Until now. Designed for mainstream users and enthusiasts alike, the HALE82 V2 is a fully modular power supply with 80 Plus Bronze certification. Available in 550W and 700W flavors, the HALE82 V2 features a fully modular PCB design with a labeled back plate for easy installation and excellent cable management.
The HALE82 V2 will be available soon for just €79.99 (550W) and €99.99 (700W). HALE82 V2 is confirmed compatible with Intel’s 4th generation Core processors formerly codenamed Haswell.
This is a certainly a good concept, although not an entirely new one as the press release purports. For example, Silverstone has a fully modular 500w 80 Plus Bronze unit for $74.99. The NZXT unit definitely gives a sleeker look, but performance-wise should be similar. Either way, it’s great to have a fully modular power supply with an affordable price tag. It also comes with a handy carrying case for all your cables, which looks like a travel toiletry kit. I plan to use it for CES 2014!
Stay tuned for more product announcements in the coming few days from Computex!
(all images courtesy NZXT)