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Compatibility and Installation

Just like most of the contemporary super-coolers, NZXT Havik 140 is compatible with all contemporary platforms. Its installation is described in detail in the online manual, but we are going to dwell on the key things here.

Before installing the backplate you have to insert the threaded mounts into the plastic bush holes corresponding to your processor socket type:

When Havik 140 is installed onto LGA775 platforms, you will need to insert a plastic frame into the center of this plate, and for AMD platforms you also have to use special insulation pads. All these parts are among the bundled accessories.

Once the backplate is in place, you put plastic bushes onto the mounts sticking out of the PCB, which will prevent the backplate from falling off. After that you have to install the retention plates using special bush-nuts:


The backplate doesn’t interfere with any components on the other side of the mainboard PCB, which is great:

The last step is to apply a thin even layer of thermal paste onto the processor heat-spreader, install the heatsink (without the fans attached) and secure it in place using a retention bracket with spring-screws:

The cooler is held in place with extreme pressure. Havik 140 provides 43 mm clearance below, so the heatsink doesn’t block any mainboard components. However, the fans are considerably larger than the heatsink, so they will go beyond the edges of the heatsink in all directions. Although the only possible issue would be interference with a memory module equipped with a tall heat-spreader installed in the DIMM slot closest to the CPU socket.

Our preliminary tests showed that the cooling efficiency of Havik 140 cooler doesn’t depend on its position on the CPU. In both cases the results were the same.

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