NZXT Havik 140 Reviewairman - July 14, 2011
Category: CPU Cooling
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The recent launch of NZXT's Havik 140 marks a big day in the world of CPU cooling and heatsink manufacturing, as NZXT officially has entered into the market as a competitor. NZXT brings us the Havik 140, a large tower, 140mm cooler, with six 6mm heatpipes. Generally, these heatsinks are all designed the same way. You've got a metal base with heatpipes attached, and fins pressed onto these heatpipes. It's a simple concept that's proven worthy of being consistently implemented. As you would expect, NZXT chose this design for its Havik 140 heatsink. Although the design of heatsinks is very straightforward, there is a lot of science and development behind it. Things such as material composition, fin spacing and construction, heatpipe materials, and other things play a major role in the way that a heatsink performs. A manufacturer must consider each of these things and hundreds of additional variables all while constraining weight and noise to a desired level.
That being said, designing a high-end heatsink at an affordable price is not something that is simple! I have a feeling that with NZXT's current product line up and previous manufacturing practices, designing a heatsink should be nothing new, but I'm sure that some "thinking outside the box" was necessary. I am very excited to be one of the first folks to have my hands on NZXT's first production heatsink. I have always liked NZXT's products and I have generally been far from let down! NZXT's engineering never ceases to please me, as it seems that these individuals never leave anything unthought-of and nothing gets left out. That being said, I'm ready to get down and take a look at this cooler! In this review, I will provide a complete evaluation of the NZXT Havik 140, from unboxing and exterior commentary, to an intense stress test with results compared to other heatsinks currently on the market. Without further ado, let's get started.
Unlike most, if not all products from NZXT, the Havik 140 is not packaged in a plain brown cardboard box with black printing. The packaging for the Havik 140 is derived from high gloss white printing, illustrating (in color) the heatsink and the features that it offers. The front of the box features the NZXT logo along with an angled picture of the heatsink, probably showing "its good side." Moving on from that bad joke, the backside of the box provides just about every specification that a user would like to know. These figures include materials, dimensions, weight, fan information, and other things. Also located on the back of the box are six different pictures of different areas of the Havik 140 showing off different features that it offers, such as the unique fan design, construction, etc. One side of the box shows CPU compatibility and the other side contains a short pep-talk about why your CPU needs to remain cool and how the NZXT Havik 140 can help you achieve that.
After opening the box, the first glance of the inside is of a styrofoam padded interior with the user's manual covering up one of the fans located in this padding. This "level" is then removed, which exposes the heatsink and the accessory box, which contains all of the mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel sockets. Finally, the third level contains the second fan. With the mounting hardware spread out, I can say that it looks fairly typical and the design does not look over-complicated. Included in the accessory box is a Y-cable that will allow the two fans to be plugged into one source which can be very convenient for some.
With the NZXT Havik 140 out of the box, it reminds me a lot of other coolers on the market — such as dimensions, shape, heatpipe configuration, and overall design. As I stated in the introduction, this isn't entirely unexpected as this design is proven to work well. All it takes is a manufacturer to tighten up the tolerances, apply some more science to it, and improve not necessarily the outside of it, but the inside. That being said, the performance is generally all up to the build quality and not the fact that it has an original shape. Anyways, let's take a look at the cooler itself and move on.