Test System & Thermal Results
With the system listed above, I apply Arctic Cooling MX-2 to all the coolers I have tested on the GIGABYTE motherboard to even things out with all the cooler manufacturers. To gauge the idle temperatures, I allow the PC to run for a few minutes from the fresh reboot. I then open RealTemp and let things again settle as the reading spikes until the processor is again fully idle. At this point I get the reading and report it to the charts.
For the load testing, both stock and overclocked, we use Intel Burn Test to supply the system load. In this application I set it to work eight threads for 50 passes and maximize the memory tested to over 3000MB to generate as much load as possible to the coolers. With RealTemp open for the entire run, I report the highest temperature seen during the test run. All cooler testing is done open air on a test bench with an ambient temperature of 25°C.
As I usually do with the new reviews, here is my testing image of the HAVIK 120 under load with GIGABYTE's stock BIOS setting employed as I do with all the cooler testing.
Here is the overclocked testing image. Even with the reduction in the size, NZXT puts up respectable results. Now, off to the charts to compare!
For those who plan to surf through the forums or troll their friends on Facebook, this is the sort of temperatures you should expect. Twenty-eight degrees is respectable considering what other coolers are on this chart.
What really shocked me was the stock loaded temperature. I ran this test three different times and even reinstalled some software to be sure I was seeing correctly. Congratulations go to NZXT for this feat against some much larger competition. When the system was overclocked things got back to normal where the sixty-eight degree result is. The only cooler in the same 120mm segment to beat it was the Zalman, and that cooler can get quite loud for a single fan design.