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NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Cooler Review (Page 2)

Chad Sebring | Dec 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm CST - 2 mins, 36 secs time to read this page
Rating: 70%Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing


Starting at ground level and working my way up, the HAVIK 120 uses a copper base and aluminum top combination to encase the four 8mm heat pipes that route the heat out of the base. Both the copper base and these copper pipes receive a nickel coating to prevent oxidation on the copper surfaces. As the pipes leave the base, the two outer pipes make gentle bends and get the forty-six aluminum fins pressed on the pipes all the way to the bottom. The inner pair of pipes make much tighter bends prior to getting to the fins and due to this, the bottom pair of fins is not attached to these pipes, but they are pressed inside the other forty-four fins as they go through the body and protrude through the top of the HAVIK 120.

At this point it is up to the pair of included revamped 120mm FZ fans that can deliver up to 75.8 CFM per fan. With the fan spinning on its long life bearing at 1300 RPM, NZXT rated this fan with a 22 dB sound level. Both fans use 3-pin connectors for power and in the hardware kit there is a pair of Y-splitters; one with a low noise resistor in line and one without so you can power both fans from one motherboard header. Something I like about what NZXT does with the hardware for mounting is that they offer universal mounting first of all, so both AMD and Intel are covered. The ingenious way that the AMD hardware is designed to work with two pieces of the Intel hardware to allow the HAVIK 120 to sit in the appropriate position in the chassis no matter what orientation the socket is in. Not only do we have a cooler that is smaller to fit into more both dimensionally and in its 980 gram total weight with the fans installed, it will look proper in any build. And as long as it works well, we can't ask for more than that.

Since the cooler just went public today as I type this out, there is no availability to speak of at this moment. I was able to track down that NZXT is suggesting a retail pricing of $55 for the HAVIK 120. Looking at the pricing of the HAVIK 140 that has been around for a bit now, I see prices start at $59.99 and are still working their way close to $85 in some locations. For five dollars, room allowing, I will still say go for the HAVIK 140 at this point, but for those who just don't have the room, or don't like the way the HAVIK 140 covered or conflicted with the memory, the HAVIK 120 is the perfect solution and shows exactly why NZXT addressed it and is now offering the HAVIK 120 CPU cooler for our benefit as well as theirs. I don't think it will be much more than two weeks time until we start to see this cooler hit the shelves. In fact, likely by the time this airs, you will be able to locate one somewhere, just maybe not at your favorite outlets right away.

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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