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NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler

NZXT ’s new Havik 140 looks like it could rival some of the best in the cooler market. Let’s see how it performs.

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introduction

NZXT is a company that, in the past, has had a huge focus on computer cases targeted mostly for gamers. NZXT also offers fans, fan controllers, case accessories and other miscellaneous computer accessories. Earlier this year, NZXT announced their entry into the CPU heatsink market. The announcement of the Havik 140 got us excited to get the cooler into our labs for testing to see how well it performed compared to the many other heatsinks already available. 

With a price tag of $60 on Newegg, the Havik 140 is priced at the low end of other heatsinks that boast 140mm fans and right in the middle of most 120mm options. Let’s continue on to the features and specifications of the cooler and see what NZXT has put into their first heatsink offering.

Features

specifications

unboxing & first impressions

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The Packaging for the Havik 140 cooler is simple, clean and well laid out. That being said the sample we received was a little outdated for the packaging as maximum socket compatibility is listed as 1156, even though the cooler definitely supports LGA 1366 as packaged. The parts are well cared for in closed cell foam packaging which does a great job of protecting the parts if they have a bumpy ride.

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Here we get a look at what comes in the box to help with installation and function of the Havik 140 cooler. All installation hardware for the fans and pretty much any existing socket are included to ensure easy and pain free installation. Also taking a close look at the fan, we can see it has unique shaped blades with an interesting ripple on the leading edge which may help with noise as RPM increases. Also note the nice job in sleeving the cable which adds up to a cleaner looking install.
 
 

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Here we see the tower itself, and overall simplistic but sleek design. The fact that the heatpipes are soldered means thermal transfer should be improved as well. Unfortunately, the base is not mirror finished, and has visible tool marks, which could potentially affect heat transfer capability.

 

installation

 

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Here is the installation of this massive tower: we first ran the threaded screws through the motherboard itself, then the plastic retainers. After this, we placed the loading bars across the threaded studs, which created the mounting base for the cooler. These will be fastened after applying thermal paste to the CPU heatspreader. This is accomplished with the spring loaded clamping bar which adds a preload to the cooler so that the thermal contact should be at an ideal level.
 

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Here we can see the spring loaded bar which retains the cooler. Once this was installed we fit the fans to check compatibility with surrounding components. Our Corsair Vengeance DIMMs are close but should have no size  problems. However if all 6 DIMM slots were populated it is likely that there could be some interference with the installed cooler. Finally here we see it installed and ready to run with the 6870 to throw some graphics support into the mix.

Testing

TEST RIG

Test Rig

Case Open air, desk
CPU Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer
Ram Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 12GB
CPU Cooler(s) NZXT Havik 140

Prolimatech Armageddon

EVGA Superclock

Fans 2x 230mm Cooler Master case fans
Hard Drives 1TB Seagate 7200.12

2TB Seagate 5400RPM

2x 1TB Seagate ST31000524AS

Optical Super WriteMaster DVD-Burner
GPU
MSI GTX550 Ti Cyclone II OC
Additional Cards
N/A
PSU Cooler Master SilentPro Gold 1200W
Mouse Cooler Master Storm Sentinel
Keyboard Logitech G15

 

METHODOLOGY

During the testing stage of this review, we will be comparing it to two coolers, the Prolimatech Armageddon, which is considered a very high end cooler, and the EVGA Superclock cooler just to have the lower mid range cooler covered as well.. Our processor is a Core i7-920 which has a stock clock of 2.66GHz. We also tested the coolers with the processor overclocked to 4.0Ghz at 1.38v.

We will use the program Intel burn test or IBT as it is a accurate stress test of the worst case scenario we would encounter even though some may say this is far in excess of what could be experienced in real life. however it is a repeatable test that bears repeatable result so this will test its handling of heat output.

RESULTS

As we can see from the results above the Havik 140 really performs quite well, as it beat out the EVGA Superclock cooler by a large margin and the Armageddon by approximately 1 degree. The Armageddon is an excellent cooler in comparison, so we can consider this a notch in the Havik’s belt.

Conclusion

The Havik 140 turned out to be an awesome performer with an easy to install design, a decently flat base, powerful fans that are not too loud. All of this adds up to a winning combo that knocks out one of the best coolers the Prolimatech Armageddon. This is quite a feat as the Armageddon is a very accomplished high performance cooler.

Anyone looking for a high performance CPU cooling solution without too much noise would not go wrong by taking a look at the Havik 140.

OUR VERDICT: NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler
Performance 9
Value 9
Quality 9
Features 8
Innovation 8
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 9
Pros Cons
Good overclocking potential

Good performance

Quiet solution for the cooling performance delivered

Solid mounting design

Rubber fan mounting is efficient and easy to use

Temps that rival some of the best coolers

Base has visible tooling marks which gives an unfinished appearance

Rubber fan mounting can come loose if not attached correctly

 

 

 

Summary: The Havik 140 by NZXT offers some great performance with a reasonably easy to install package. This kind of performance and flexibility merits the NZXT Havik 140 the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.

 

 

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