Last summer the North American NZXT Corporation released their first air-cooler – Havik 140. While it was constructively similar to Thermalright Archon, Havik 140 became a serious competitor to the latter mostly due to two 140 mm fans against only one 140 mm fan by Archon and at the expense of a higher noise level. By now Havik 140 has received numerous awards from online and printed media and is proudly bearing the prestige “super-cooler” title.
However, the company decided not to stop at that and has recently announced a new product – NZXT Havik 120:
Unlike Havik 140, this junior model is not only smaller in size, but also costs less: it is priced at $5% vs. $70 for Havik 140. However, we still can’t consider this cooler inexpensive and it will have a lot of competitors in this price range. Today we are going to investigate what the new NZXT cooler is capable of, what features and peculiarities it boasts and how efficient and quiet it is at work.
Package and Accessories
Havik 120 cooler comes in a not very large cardboard box with modest black-and-white color scheme:
While the design will hardly have the same appealing effect as bright boxes from Thermaltake or Scythe, NZXT packaging is still exceptionally informative:
The back and sides of the box list the supported processor types and detailed technical specifications of the cooler, provide brief description of the cooler features and a layout with all dimensions.
Inside the cardboard box we find NZXT Havik 120 sealed inside a polyurethane foam casing protecting the cooler against all transportation mishaps. There is a smaller box with the following accessories at the bottom of the package:
Among them you will find a universal backplate, three retention kits, a retention bracket, silicone mounts for the fans, NZXT thermal paste and installation guide. Overall, everything necessary for fast and easy cooler installation onto any contemporary platform is right there.
NZXT Havik 120 was designed in North America but is manufactured in China. Its MSRP is set at $55 and it comes with 1-year warranty.