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Custom case cables? NZXT makes it easier with sleeved extensions

Custom case cables? NZXT makes it easier with sleeved extensions

How many times have you been putting a case together, only to discover that one or two major power cables are just a tad bit short?  Or, for that matter, you love a certain PSU but hate how the cables look?

In my case, I managed to buy an “oops” from eBay that needed a little love; it was a 900W mATX unit with short cables. This PSU was a total loss for a standard case, but I wanted to use it in an NZXT Hades chassis anyhow. That’s where NZXT’s premium sleeved power supply extenders come in.

Out of the bag

NZXT Sleeved extension cables in the bag

Slick packaging is something NZXT is getting good at

As I removed the cables from their packaging, I couldn’t help but marvel at their quality; all the shrink wrap was even, uniform, and positioned well. To put it another way, I no longer fear that these products are merely the result of a company jumping haphazardly on a trend to make money.

There was, however, a wee bit of disappointment: NZXT only offers three colors (two, if you don’t count black) and not every available cable can be had in those colors.  On the other hand, NZXT does offer a cable for virtually every imaginable need.

Moving on to wiring the chassis, I initially planned to divide the cabling between system power in red and data power in white, but that left me in a lurch with the front panel, as those cables only come in black.  Color issues aside, the front panel cables are well-designed and well-marked, just like the other premium cables.

Installation

As I began wiring the NZXT Hades, my aim was to hide the majority of the power supply’s original cabling behind the motherboard tray. I started with the 24-pin EPS12V connector and the 8-pin 12V AUX connector.

NZXT 24-pin PSU cable

The 24-pin primary EPS12V power cable extension

Yeah, I had to use a non-matching extender.

You may notice from the pictures that the 8-pin AUX connector was too short, even with the NZXT extender, so I had to grab something from the parts bin.

Boo to the SATA power extender

From there, I moved to the hard drives with some white SATA power cables, which I consider to be a major disappointment. Rather than connecting to a SATA plug on the power supply, the NZXT extender attaches to a molex connector. I’m not certain if a SATA-to-SATA connector exists, but it would certainly be more efficient and make for cleaner wiring.  As it is, one can easily use all of the available molex connectors on a power supply and still have empty SATA connectors.

Can't really see much of the SATA cables

To finish, I installed the remaining power cables for the GPU and the front panel. Because of the way I tidied up the wiring, a good portion of the white cables are sadly hidden.

NZXT Custom cable extensions

All together now!

Another fully assembled view

Nice and clean

Icrontic Stamp of ApprovalFinal thoughts

NZXT has a nice product that is not only incredibly useful, but priced well.  NZXT has a habit of getting the Icrontic Stamp of Approval, and this is no exception.

Likes

  • Quality and Workmanship
  • An attractive alternative for making cables longer
  • A way for one that doesn’t have the time or inclination to add cable bling to his or her case.
  • Good value

Dislikes

  • Not enough colors
  • Not all cables come in all colors
  • Broader selection of cable types (e.g. right angle adapters)

Comments

  1. Winfrey
    Winfrey Awesome, great article Mr. Bilbo. Congrats on your first write-up for Icrontic! :thumbsup:
  2. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ Great write-up and nice photos. I've been using these for a few months now and recommend them to everyone. They make working in large cases a breeze.
  3. MAGIC
    MAGIC I also am using the 8pin extenstion to be able to route the cable behind my motherboard and it works/looks great. Nice article.
  4. jedihobbit
    jedihobbit Thanks, however I believe a lot of credit needs to go to our illustious chief editor, prime!! :wink:
  5. Annes
    Annes Eli will likely be ALL OVER these for his build in January. Thanks for the reminder!
  6. boasist
    boasist Nice write.
    Inspiring me to update my system, nice project to put a window on my case.
    Although they may have already updated their list of available cables as I'm seeing a SATA power extender now and some right angle plugs as well. Which is also good to see they are on top of this game.
  7. jedihobbit
    jedihobbit
    boasist wrote:
    Nice write.
    Inspiring me to update my system, nice project to put a window on my case.
    Although they may have already updated their list of available cables as I'm seeing a SATA power extender now and some right angle plugs as well. Which is also good to see they are on top of this game.

    Let's hope so as that would be great!! However don't be disappointed if it is still what I received. :wink:

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