Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The nickel-plated copper base lacks the highly polished finish we see on some higher end coolers, but there is ample evidence of soldering, both at the base and fin array, so heat transfer should be quite good. While the base was dead flat in one direction, there was a noticeable bow from side to side as the ‘pipes move through the base. This is a bit perplexing and if NZXT has intentionally incorporated into the design, I wish they had let me know about it. At any rate, the amount of deflection is probably enough to affect cooling performance, no matter how much clamping pressure is applied by the mounting solution.
The base is very substantial, and the thickness would seem to easily handle the 55-60 pounds of clamping pressure that NZXT claims their mount will generate. In fact, it's time to find out how the Havik mounts and performs, so let's gather up the hardware and manual and get to it.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the NZXT Havik 140 will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow. Let's proceed with the installation.
Here's everything needed for installation. The mounting solution looks very robust and relatively easy to install. The manual is very complete and so easy to understand that even a novice will have no trouble with installation. First of all…