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Compatibility and Installation

NZXT Havik 120 is compatible with all contemporary platforms including LGA 2011. So today we are going to use this particular platform to study the performance of the new NZXT cooler. You can download the installation instructions for this as well as all other compatible platforms from the company web-site (PDF-file, 8.56 MB).

The installation procedure is overall pretty simple and doesn’t require much effort. First you insert four bushes with double-sided threading into the retention holes in the CPU socket and fasten retention steel panels with them:


After that you apply a thin and even layer of thermal paste onto the CPU heat-spreader, place the heatsink on top and attach it firmly to the steel panels using a retention bracket with spring-screws:

It is more convenient to install just the heatsink without the fans and attach fans afterwards. Otherwise, you won’t be able to reach the screws:


The distance between the lowest heatsink fin and the mainboard PCB is 54 mm and even though the fans go about 7 mm below that, they do not block access to the nearest memory DIMM slots, so that you can even use currently very popular modules with tall heat-spreaders without any problems.

This is what NZXT Havik 120 looks like inside the system case:

The last but not the least, you connect both fans to a short Y-splitter cable and then to the corresponding mainboard connector, and you are ready to rock and roll!

Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

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