|NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2011|
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HAVIK 140 Detailed Features
The NZXT HAVIK 140's fans are attached with unique rubber bands. The bands are designed so the part that inserts into the fan also serves as padding between the fan and the heat sink fins for noise reduction. The push-through connectors at the ends of the rubber bands are too thick to push through standard fan mounting holes, so if you want to use other fans, you'll have to come up with your own mounting solution. The tension of the rubber fan mounts bends the bottom fins of the heat sink in slightly.
This view shows the HAVIK's unusual staggered heat pipe arrangement.
The HAVIK's backplate fits all Intel and AMD sockets the heat sink supports. You push mounting screws through the plastic friction plates which hold them in place. The black plastic friction plates are removed for AMD installations.
Friction-fit black plastic spacers push over the backplate screws as they protrude through the motherboard. Most other coolers would use screws here, but it's not necessary and the push-on spacers make it quick and easy to secure the backplate for the next step. The protruding screws locate two mounting brackets (helpfully stamped with arrows that point towards the processor), which are in turn secured with knurled nuts. Note the screw post in the center of the bracket: this is that the heat sink's mounting crossbar will be secured to.
A separate crossbar fits over the base of the heat sink and screws down to the posts on the mounting brackets. A rather strong spring under the crossbar's mounting screw (not visible in this image) provides the clamping pressure, and although NZXT doesn't specify this pressure, it seems like quite a lot. This mounting mechanism is mechanically very similar to the ones used by other high-end heat sinks such as the Prolimatech Megahalems.
Installed and ready for testing, the HAVIK in this orientation does cover the first RAM slot in my ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard. It covers the first RAM slot when mounted with the fans blowing front-to-back, too.
OK, let's see how NZXT's first CPU cooler performs.