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NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Finished Product

The HAVIK 140 gets a little brother as NZXT introduces the HAVIK 120 CPU cooling solution.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 2:21 am
TweakTown Rating: 70%      Manufacturer: NZXT

Installation and Finished Product

 

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The back plate accepts the long screws via notches ground into the screws that lock into the oval holes. The holes removed from the plate allows for the socket screws on my X68 to poke through as well as clearing my surface mounted components on the back of the board.

 

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With the Intel kit, you add the black spacers, and then the Intel legs, securing it all to the board with the ribbed nuts. The hardware sits well above the capacitors and caused no issues on either my 990FX or this board around the socket.

 

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Spread you favorite thermal compound on the CPU, set the cooler on it, and grab the cross bar. To mount the cooler to the board, you just use the screw and spring system on the bar to secure the HAVIK 120. You will know when they are in all the way tight, NZXT designed then to run out of threads where the pressure is most beneficial.

 

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As with most tower coolers, the HAVIK 120 does block one of the memory slots on my motherboard. It does however leave plenty of room for even really tall memory to sit in front of it. Getting the fan on and off is a bit tricky, but at least we can still get to the memory to remove it if we need to. If you have low profile memory, there will be no issues with clearance, but accessing that fourth stick will be a challenge.

 

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The cooler is still the normal size for a 120mm tower cooler, but it does seem to appear thinner than even the HAVIK140. Installed on the board you also still have access to plug in the 8-pin EPS cable.

 

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This image is just to end on a good note and supply an image to ponder as you see how well it performs and while reading my thoughts on the HAVIK 120 from NZXT.

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