The acoustic performance of all our testing participants was measured in their entire fan rotation speed range according to the testing methodology described above. The results are summed up in the diagram and table below:
I can’t help admitting that Havik 140 in standard configuration with two default fans is noisier than Thermalright Archon. At the same time, I have to say that NZXT fans work very softly and do not produce any mechanical or electrical parasitic noises. There is no rattling or beating of the fan impeller. These are very good high-quality fans, although their life span is fairly short, unfortunately.
I will be brief: NZXT Havik 140 is an excellent cooler! It is the most effective CPU cooler today, and it doesn’t yield even to Thermalright Archon. However, unlike its powerful competitor, Havik 140 is more compact in size and costs less ($70 vs. almost $100), although Thermalright product is definitely more popular in the market today.
However, let’s not forget that this is the first NZXT cooler, and as we have just seen, it turned out great. Super-efficient, quiet, versatile, with simple and reliable retention that provides very high-pressure hold – is there anything else you could wish for? It could use more powerful fans with manual or PWM rotation speed adjustment and some distinguished thermal paste among the bundled accessories. But everything else is already there. So, if you see it, don’t wait: this cooler is absolutely worth it. That is why we are awarding NZXT Havik 140 our highest title - Editor’s Choice: