NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review

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NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler rated TBA by 3dGameMan.com

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Review category: Cooling
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The NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler looks great, comes with lots of aluminum fins, copper base, 6 heatpipes, two 140mm fans, fits most sockets and is affordable. It's hard to go wrong with this cooler.


 

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Anonymous

I'm planing to get this cooler but I want to use 4GB ram (kingston hyper x blu) on MSI 990XA-GD55 motherboard but I'm not sure if I can. So does anyone know about this?

Anonymous

I'm thinking about getting this cooler for my new pc build, but I want to use all 4 RAM slots on my motherboard and I'm concerned that this fan will cover one or two. The motherboard I intend on using is an asrock Extreme3 Gen3. Is there a way for me to figure out how the cooler will fit?

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Hence the term "Push Pull Configuration"

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I only rated this as being "Great."
I think it looks pretty sloppy, almost homemade. The way the fans overhang on all sides just doesn't look very well engineered.

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When CPU's have overhang, generally - its on purpose, space below the heat sink allows air to directly cool the CPU, and there's not often a gap at the top, this i agree as a design fault.

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Not bad, but the bottom is not smooth. A smooth finish is a mirrored finish. You can still see the machine marks on it. If I had it, first thing I would do is lap it to get it to a mirrored finish.

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I dont think it would make that much of a difference

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It does actually. Those grooves fill with thermal compound. TC is good at heat transfer but not as good as metal to metal. Those grooves also trap air in them, that kills thermal conductivity. A surface that rough would pick up at least 5c under load from a good lapping.

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I agree with this. Just make sure you don't go crazy and remove too much metal, because a lot of heatsinks have features where you can't over tighten them, which will cause a loss of connection between the two surfaces, if too much material is removed. Most machine marks can be removed pretty easy starting right off the bat on a mid-range grit sandpaper to high grit, found at hardware stores, or your local auto shop. Number one thing is time and patience and using something like glass, or a mirror for flatness.

Oh and I have read of people cutting the top of their heat pipes at the top of the heatsink because it didn't fit in their case. Please don't do this, because they are filled with liquid and ruins the entire heatsink, lol. Believe it or not, I have read of people doing this. K, I am done with my rant. :)

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I think I prefer the look of the Cooler Master V6GT.
Thats the cooler I have

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Good review :D
Nice fan, but not as nice as the be quiet! Dark Rock pro though.

Just look at it.....NICE!

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Heh, wow, two 140s? yeah, those things have to move a lot of air.

The only thing I'd be worried about is that fans um, plastic casing? Look like they could be flemsy, were they when you were putting them on the heatsink?

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Anonymous

YO Rod get a leatherman skeletool as the pocket knife is extinct review my friend and show the world

Anonymous

oh and great push pull reduces the dust building up in the fins definetely KICKASS

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good review! keep up the good work rodney :)

Anonymous

your video on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrzwYJ6i2Wo&feature=feedu

has no sounds :P

Anonymous

The manual reads an alternative way to place the short sides of the rubber fasten, "…at the first top and bottom gap as depicted.". Which gives the cooler a sleeker look but I think it could decrease the cooling a tiny bit since reduces the contact surface with the cooler.

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And I thought my V8 cooler was large. At least you can service the fans easy without having to remove the whole cooler or motherboard.

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it's very quiet! :o

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Very good review. I really liked how you did a step by step placing of the coolers. Nice to have the option for placing the one or second fan. Did you also did a test with only one fan attached (or none) to the cooler?

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No, only one test with the pull power of dual fan action ;)

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Anonymous

Rodney I got a question. Please forgive me if I sound like a noob. :)
So the cpu heats up and the heat gets transfered through the heat pipes and the aluminum fins right?
Wouldn't the heat build up and melt the rubber fan holders?
I'm asking this because I've seen other companies use only metal holders, like Noctua or Thermalright.
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That's nothing to worry about, because the fan attached to the heatsink cools the metal down and the water in the pipes when it evaporates before it reaches any where near the temp to melt rubber. If that was an issue then they wouldn't of implemented that kind of design and would have stuck with metal clips. Personally I find rubber mounts more convenient.

Anonymous

I see. Thanks for explaining it. Though I would still go for the metal clips. Guess it's my personal prefference.
Like I preffer the antec h2o over the corsair H series because the tubing is more flexible and there's less chances of breaking.