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NZXT is a company that, in the past, has had a huge focus on computer cases targeted mostly for gamers. NZXT also offers fans, fan controllers, case accessories and other miscellaneous computer accessories. Earlier this year, NZXT announced their entry into the CPU heatsink market. The announcement of the Havik 140 got us excited to get the cooler into our labs for testing to see how well it performed compared to the many other heatsinks already available. With a price tag of $60 on Newegg, the Havik 140 is priced at the low end of other heatsinks that boast 140mm fans and right in the middle of most 120mm options. Let's continue on to the features and specifications of the cooler and see what NZXT has put into their first heatsink offering. The Packaging for the Havik 140 cooler is simple, clean and well laid out. That being said the sample we received was a little outdated for the packaging as maximum socket compatibility is listed as 1156, even though the cooler definitely supports LGA 1366 as packaged. The parts are well cared for in closed cell foam packaging which does a great job of protecting the parts if they have a bumpy ride.
NZXT is new to the cooler game, but if the Havik 140 is any indication, the company isn’t being dumb about it. The Havik 140 is a hefty cooler in the stacked-fins “skyscraper” style, with six copper heat pipes rising from the heat exchanger through 4.25 inches of nickel-plated?copper heat-dissipation fins. Two 14cm fans with white, wavy blades and black casings are strapped to the front and back faces of the heatsink in push-pull configuration using rubber-band-like straps, which are easier to use than the standard wire clips. The fans use 3-pin power connectors, and the cooler ships with a Y-cable to connect both fans to the mobo’s fan headers. The cooler stands more than 6.25 inches high from heat exchanger to the ends of the heat pipes, 5.25 inches across, and (with both fans strapped on) 4.75 inches deep. Installation uses a now-familiar system—a universal backplate with four posts mounted in the appropriate holes for the socket and plastic spacers on the other side of the motherboard, upon which rest two mounting bars. A second bar runs between those two mounting bars and secures with spring screws, pressing the heat exchanger against the CPU.
NZXT have made a name for themselves in the enthusiast community already through products like the Phantom, showing that they understand what power users want and need in their PC components. Today we’ll be evaluating their first stab at another key area of performance PC building, the CPU cooler. The Havik 140 builds on existing design trends in air cooling, while adding NZXT’s own take on things. Read on to see how this cooler performs. Following NZXT’s usual trend for such things, the front of the box features a large profile shot of the cooler itself, with minimal text. The rear goes into more detail, pointing out features like the universal bracket mounting system, the unusually-shaped fans, and the rubber mounting system to attach the fans to the cooler. One side of the box provides a comprehensive compatibility list, which includes pretty much every desktop CPU made in the past decade. The other side provides a bit of promotional text that goes over the salient product features again, for those who prefer paragraphs to bullet-point lists. Opening the box up, we find first a fold-out installation guide sheet, then the cooler and fans encased in foam, with an accessory box on top.
Let me start off by saying that I love getting in on the ground floor when a company branches off into an area of the computer hardware market other than what it has built its name on. It allows me to look at three key points; did the development team do its homework, is there a quality manufacturing process or OEM in place, and is the company listening to those who ultimately end up paying the bills - us? All three of these questions will hopefully be answered after we take a look at the first and only CPU cooler in NZXT's portfolio, the HAVIK 140. Off the top, it's evident that this is not a small cooler, although standing 160mm high and weighing 1,035g with both fans installed, it still lags behind some of the monster coolers available today. Both the leading and trailing edges of the 46 aluminum fins have been ground down to a thinner profile to help increase airflow while reducing noise. This is something that I am not used to seeing but makes sense given basic aerodynamics. The fins are soldered onto six 6mm nickel-plated copper heatpipes bent into U-shapes and staggered in six rows of two.
The recent launch of NZXT's Havik 140 marks a big day in the world of CPU cooling and heatsink manufacturing, as NZXT officially has entered into the market as a competitor. NZXT brings us the Havik 140, a large tower, 140mm cooler, with six 6mm heatpipes. Generally, these heatsinks are all designed the same way. You've got a metal base with heatpipes attached, and fins pressed onto these heatpipes. It's a simple concept that's proven worthy of being consistently implemented. As you would expect, NZXT chose this design for its Havik 140 heatsink. Although the design of heatsinks is very straightforward, there is a lot of science and development behind it. Things such as material composition, fin spacing and construction, heatpipe materials, and other things play a major role in the way that a heatsink performs. A manufacturer must consider each of these things and hundreds of additional variables all while constraining weight and noise to a desired level. That being said, designing a high-end heatsink at an affordable price is not something that is simple! I have a feeling that with NZXT's current product line up and previous manufacturing practices, designing a heatsink should be nothing new, but I'm sure that some "thinking outside the box" was necessary.
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