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NZXT Havik 120 Review

airman    -   January 29, 2012
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Conclusion:

I cannot say I am unhappy with the results that came out of this cooler, especially considering it can be purchased for around $50 and is basically a miniature version of the NZXT Havik 140. The performance is spot-on, there are no features that I feel are lacking or wasted, and it's simply more of a space-saver compared to the NZXT Havik 140. The Havik 140 is definitely a tall cooler, and I have heard of several situations where the user could not install the side panel since the heatsink stuck out too far. With the Havik 120, you still get very similar performance as the Havik 140 but at a smaller cost to both your wallet and case real estate.

The Havik 120 is simple and to the point, yet it has the cool knife-edged fins, a feature I have never seen before. I've always been a sucker for form over function. Whenever I see something guilty of form over function (whether it be a heatsink, case, or anything else), it gets points from me. I still have my reservations about the rubber fan straps instead of metal clips, but in some cases they're a little easier. On the other hand, and in certain situations, I can see how they may be more cumbersome. Aside from serving as double-function clips by both securing the fans and helping reduce noise, I don't really like them.

When it comes down to the physical aspects of the NZXT Havik 120 and its mounting hardware, I like the cooler. The mounting is simple and effective and is not hard to install. The cooler itself has great "ground clearance" and is well-constructed — it's just right for what I expect from a cooler of this size and price point. At the mid-range level of price and performance, the NZXT Havik 120 is a great choice for someone who wants a 120mm cooler with near-140mm performance!

 

Pros:

  • Price to performance ratio is good
  • Includes both fans for a push-pull configuration
  • Mounting hardware is simple yet effective
  • Knife-edged fins reduce airflow resistance
  • Performs close to the NZXT Havik 140

 

Cons:

  • Rubber fan straps require some getting used to, especially in cases where space is limited
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