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NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

By Chad Sebring on Dec 14, 2011 08:21 pm CST
Rating: 70%Manufacturer: NZXT

The NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Cooler


Looking straight into the HAVIK 120, you find a stack of forty-six aluminum fins that get pressed over the four copper heat pipes that draw the heat from the copper base, all of which gets a nickel plating.


Down the side of the fins you can see that the ends of the fins are bent in pairs so that the tips touch. This makes for a half open and half closed design for the airflow as it escapes out of the sides of most open side designs similar this, NZXT addresses some of that escaped flow.


The top of the HAVIK 120 has NZXT pressed into this fin and all others below it with the four pipe ends protruding on both sides of this tower. The fins are actually shaped like knife edges to allow smother flow into the body, but the ridges will disturb flow to take better advantage of said airflow.


The notches cut on the sides of the fins allow you to easily strap on the fans. Stretching the rubber straps, sliding it between the top two and bottom two fins, rests and locks onto the cooler in these angled grooves.


The top of the base is mostly flat but has these four tabs protruding from it. These will keep the cross bar in the hardware kit in place when attempting to mount the cooler.


Flipping the cooler over I noticed that all of the fins except the top one have these triangles cut out. This must aid in disturbing the air flow stimulating better transfer of heat from the fins. You can also see the inner pair of pipes is bent very tight, and this necessitates the need to increase the holes in the bottom two fins to allow them to fit properly.


The base is flat from all angles, but as you can see, polishing the base wasn't a major concern for NZXT. Personally i don't care if there are fine marks or it's polished, as long as it works!


Skipping ahead a little i grabbed that cross bar and set it in the base so you can see how the tabs on the base centre the bar right to left, while the tabs on the bar centre it front to back.


Adding the fans is pretty simple to do. Just stretch the tabs into the pair of fans, and then strap the fans to the cooler. The 120mm fan choice fits this tower well as it covers quite a bit of the fins surface area.


From the side it may look deceptively large, but this cooler is only 4.5" in width with both fans installed. NZXT was right; they definitely made a smaller, more versatile cooler to the HAVIK line with this entry.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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