Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
…we install the assembled backplate and secure it to the board with the black spacers. After orienting the crossbars with the arrows pointing toward the socket, the nuts are then tightened down, securing the entire assembly to the board. Now, all that's left is to apply some Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound (according to the manufacturers recommendations,) and secure the cooler to the brackets.
The Havik 140 is a big cooler, but it managed to clear all the components surrounding the socket and the mount is very secure. Now, let's turn our attentions to the fans.
Following the manual, the rubber mounts went onto the fans without issue. Users still have to be careful to orient the fans correctly for their application, but it's not hard to change them around if a mistake is made.
The fans go on the cooler very easily, as well. I like this feature a lot and it really shines when trying to do an install in a case. The Havik 140 takes up a lot of space in the case, and cases with side panel fans may have interference issues. Let's see if the cooling performance is commensurate with its large size and relatively high price.
With the cooler installation completed, we can begin testing.
The following parameters were used throughout testing:
Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.
Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.
Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.
Load temperatures were recorded after one hour of maximum CPU heat testing using OCCT 2.0.
Core temperatures were logged with OCCT.
Fan speeds were recorded using SpeedFan (BIOS fan speed control disabled.)
Idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.4 GHz.) and at a 33% overclock (3.2 GHz.). Vcore was raised by 0.15V during the overclocking runs.