NZXT Havik 140 Reviewairman - July 14, 2011
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Well, the results from the testing session do not lie. The NZXT Havik 140 hung at the #2 spot for every single test. For an introductory model from NZXT, that's a good mark on NZXT's record for sure. For the cooler itself, I can say a few things. The heatpipe layout is ideal, and the construction is solid. I wish that the base was finished to a finer surface, as it could use a good polishing to reach that mirror finish. The rubber fan straps could be a little clumsy if the install was done in the case, as they have to stretch around the corners. With metal clips, you can easily "hook" the hard to reach areas first, and then place them around the opposite corner. This isn't the case with the rubber straps, but it's cool to see something different. I wouldn't have made it my first choice if I was handling the design, but it works!
The NZXT is currently available at a couple of retailers for $74.99. At a cheaper cost than the Noctua NH-D14, it's a viable option for those who want a top of the line cooler but still want to save a few dollars. It is quiet, easy to install, and compatible with a wide range of sockets. It's a simple design that is very effective and can stand up to the extreme heat output from the latest hardware. This is a cooler that I would certainly recommend to fellow overclockers, gamers, and anyone else who wants the best air cooling setup for their hardware. Overall, I give the NZXT an A+ for this being its first marketed attempt at a CPU cooler, and having it perform so well.
- Easy to install
- Compatible with a wide range of sockets
- Excellent performance
- 90CFM fans are almost inaudible
- Simple design
- Rubber fan straps may be tricky to install inside of a small case