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