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NZXT Havik 120 CPU Cooler

NZXT Havik 120Since we reviewed the Havik 140, they have released the Havik 120 which is only capable of supporting 120mm fans, two of them. And you might have guess it the cooler is smaller than the older brother. But NZXT does believe the Havik 120 will provide the end user which would be overclockers, gamers and enthusiasts with outstanding performance.

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NZXT Havik 120

NZXT Havik 120Since we reviewed the Havik 140, they have released the Havik 120 which is only capable of supporting 120mm fans, two of them. And you might have guess it the cooler is smaller than the older brother. But NZXT does believe the Havik 120 will provide the end user which would be overclockers, gamers and enthusiasts with outstanding performance.

 

Introduction to the NZXT Havik 120 CPU Cooler

Recently, we got a chance to test the NZXT Havik CPU cooler that did pretty well on our P67 test bench. The cooler was able to be fitted with either 140mm or 120mm cooling fans. Because of the dual fan configuration noise was kept at a minimum while performance was set to a higher standard.

Since we reviewed the Havik 140, they have released the Havik 120 which is only capable of supporting 120mm fans, two of them. And you might have guess it the cooler is smaller than the older brother. But NZXT does believe the Havik 120 will provide the end user which would be overclockers, gamers and enthusiasts with outstanding performance.

NZXT’s take on the Havik 120

To achieve superior CPU cooling, you can count on NZXT’s award-winning HAVIK series to rid of all your heating issues. In comparison to the HAVIK 140, the HAVIK 120 is compact offering more versatility. This 120mm CPU cooler is perfect for overclockers seeking a small yet powerful fan cooler. The base is composed of nickel-plated copper material that utilizes four 8mm pipes for transferring heat to aluminum fins. This allows more air to reach the heat sink which keeps temperatures low while increasing longevity of your components. HAVIK 120 is a victory for any enthusiast looking for an inexpensive and high performing silent CPU cooler.

Specifications

MODEL

HAVIK 120

MATERIALS

Aluminum / Copper Nickel-Plated

DIMENSIONS

125(W) x 160(H) x 112(D) mm
125(W) x 160(H) x 58(D) mm (heatsink)

WEIGHT

680g (excluding fans and mounting kit)
980g (with dual 120mm fans)

MOUNTING PRESSURE

55-60 lbs

FAN SIZE

Dual 120(W) x 140(H) x 25(D) mm

FAN BEARING

Long Life (Oil-Leaking Prevention)

FAN SPEED

1200 +/- 10% RPM (low); 1500 +/- 10% RPM (high)

NOISE LEVEL

18-22 dBA

AIR FLOW

61.5-75.8 CFM

CONNECTOR

3-Pin

Y-SPLIT CABLE

White connector for low speed; black connector for high speed

INPUT POWER

3.6 W

LIFE

30,000 Hours

COMPATIBILITY

Intel Socket: 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, 775 CPUs
AMD Socket: AM3, AM2+, AM2 CPUs

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Features

Revamped 120mm FZ Fans with 13 blades for intense silent cooling

Nickel-plated copper base material

Four 8mm pipes and aluminum fins for attaining maximum dissipation into fans

Fan speeds up to 1500 +/- 10% RPM and 22 dBA silent cooling with airflow of 75.8 CFM

Aero-dynamic fin design for improved airflow

Universal bracket compatible with Intel and AMD CPUs

Rubber mounting for noise absorption

Closer look

The NZXT Havik 120 is constructed using the typical tower-design well in this case dual tower design. As of lately the dual tower design has been leading the way as the highest performing CPU coolers. Many companies have put out some form of cooler utilizing the design and many have performed pretty well.

The Havik 120 weighs in at 980 grams or 2.16 pounds fully assembled. 2.16 pounds may sound like a lot of weight on a motherboard but if you take a look at some of the coolers we have been reviewing, the Havik could be considered a lightweight.

Clearance from the base to the top of the cooler is only 6.3 inches. This is near the border line of being considered a tall cooler. Many of the current cases have no issues with a cooler of this height. The only problem would be the clearance to the left and right of the cooler where the DIMM slots are located. With our test motherboard which is an ASUS X79 Deluxe we had no problems using four DIMM due to the motherboard’s configuration.

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The Havik uses a total of four 8mm heat pipes compared to the larger brother’s six 6mm heat pipes. The pipes start at the top of the cooler and runs down through the base where it makes a u-turn and ends also at the top of the cooler.

The fins of the cooler are obviously made of aluminum. They are densely arranged to allow sufficient air to flow across uninterrupted. As you see from the images they are slots cut in the edges for securing of the fans.

The base of the Havik 120 is made of copper but covered in Nickel plating. The base is without a polished surface but shows signs of machining. I am not one to consider this a negative towards a cooler as well have seen coolers perform extremely well with a glossy base.

The 120mm cooling fans are of a 13-blade variation. They use a standard 3-pin connection so you immediately know they are not PWM controlled. They operate at 1200 RPM with a noise level of 22 dBA which is not bad at all. The uses of two fans do eliminate the need for loud powerful fans.

The cooler comes with everything needed to adapt the unit to any current socket motherboard. One piece of the accessory kit that stands out is the fan Y-splitter that will allow both fans to connect to one header on the motherboard. Using this will make both fans run at 1200 RPM and 18 dBA.

Mounting Images

Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in “Test Hardware”.
  7. Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  8. Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.
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Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS X79 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i73960K @ 4.6GHz w/ 1.4 voltages
Ram: Crucial 2133 16GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: NZXT Havik 120

Results

 

Conclusion

The NZXT Havik 120 is not a bad cooler at all. Granted it is not going to compete with its big brother but does compete well with other smaller coolers on the market. Most of it is due to the usage of two 120mm quiet cooling fans.

 In our testing when using both fans the cooler was well worth the $50 asking price. It easily outperformed the SilenX Extreme HA5 which comes with only one fan and it did well against the Cooler Master TPC 812 which is another great cooler but once again only uses a single fan.

Using the cooler in a single fan configuration we saw the Havik 120 kind of struggle some. It did outperformance the SilenX offering but could not hang with the Cooler Master TPC 812. This clearly shows the NZXT designed the cooler to be used with both coolers to get maximum performance.

One thing that I really like about the Havik is the fan mounting. It is one of the easiest solutions we have dealt with. The assembly of the wire cramps can be cumbersome sometimes. These rubber straps are a breeze to attach to the fan and are very secure.

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