NZXT adds $70 'sound-crushing' case, sub-$100 modular PSUs


— 10:39 AM on June 5, 2013

NZXT has some fresh goodies on display at Computex this week. Among them is the H230, a mid-tower enclosure that, in NZXT's words, "brings similar sound crushing abilities as its predecessors into a smaller, more accessible package for all."

I'm not sure how one goes about crushing sound, exactly, but at least the H230 looks pretty cool.

And it's indeed accessible, at only $69.99—but NZXT hasn't skimped on features. The H230 has tool-free 5.25" bays, a removable hard-drive cage, USB 3.0 connectivity, and room for four 120-mm fans (though only one, a rear exhaust, is included). Users can cram in up to six 3.5" hard drives or 2.5" SSDs, and there are three 5.25" bays for... well, whatever people stick in those now that optical storage is obsolete.

Oh, and the case has an upside-down layout with cable-routing holes in the motherboard tray. NZXT says there's 0.55" of clearance behind the mobo tray for cable management.

Also among NZXT's Computex introductions: the Hale 82 V2 550W and Hale 82 V2 700W, a pair of fully modular power supplies priced at a respective $79.99 and $99.99. As NZXT points out, fully modular cabling is usually a staple of high-end (and high-priced) PSUs. The firm is hoping to change that with these two units.

In addition to their modular-ness (which even includes the 24-pin ATX power thingamajig), both members of the Hale 82 V2 series feature a single 12V rail, a 135-mm cooling fan, support for SLI and CrossFire multi-GPU setups, and a three-year warranty. NZXT also touts 80 Plus Bronze certification, which means efficiency should be as high as 85%.

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