NZXT Decides to Try Hand at CPU Cooling, Announces Havik 140 Cooler

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Athlonite

well if that don't beat all an 120mm HS with an 140mm fan on it pffft atleast make the HS 140mm aswell this just looks stupid

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Kinetic

I have to say that I was ready to write this off as just another gimicky NZXT product but after I googled some reviews this looks like it really does outperform everything short of a water cooled setup. I might actually have to pick one up to replace my tuniq tower 120 extreme if temps really are 10c lower....
I'm incredibly shocked.

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DRAGONWEEZEL

first off...  unicorns and glitter!!

Secondlly

The all in ones like corsair do have a good use, silence!

Cheap, fast, and silent.  so it aint as cold..  bfhd.  for me, it's decreased visual footprint, offers decent cooling and rapid install that made it worth it for me.

-DW

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MattyMattMatt

For 75 you can get a Thermalright Silver Arrow. For a bit more the NH-D14, though Silver Arrow is its equal.

It looks similar to Hyper 212, but with better fans. Buy a Dark Knight  with decent fans and you'll probably end up with the same performance. Or a Frio. Or a bunch of other at 75 or below that will likely perform the same.

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Scrabbermile

If you're going to spend $75 on cooling, why not just get water cooling like the Corsair H60 or something similar?

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Brad Nimbus

You're talking about those all in one units right? IMO a decent air cooling set up will beat those most of the time. Although I agree 75 beans for a potential one time cooler from NZXT is quite a bit expensive.

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Raswan

because relatively few people know how to watercool, and a 75-dollar air cooler serves the needs of 99% of the gaming population anyway?

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Scrabbermile

An enclosed-loop water cooler is just as easy to setup as an air cooler and will give you better performance for the same price.

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MattyMattMatt

Actually testing has proven time and time again that the all in one watercoolers are not as good air coolers, because the radiator is too small and increasing it would defeat their purpose.

Often times a cheap Hyper 212 will push it just as far as the H50/60/70 for a lot less money and only a few degrees off. Spend a bit more (but still less than H50) and you can get equal performance. Spend as much as an H70 and you can get superior performance.

 

So in conclusion, no, these faux watercoolers do not give better performance. They are nothing more than a gimmick. If you want to go water, do it properly or not at all. Saying that, something like the Omni ALC is super interesting and Corsair is in partnership with them now, so I'm hoping their distribution channels can drastically widen the availability as well as supported cards.

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TommM

My experience is the exact opposite.  Water coolers are a royal pain in the rear to install, maintain and take up more case room.  A good air cooler takes 5 minutes to mount and you're done with it.

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Scrabbermile

I agree insofar as full custom water cooling is concerned, or even the kits that come with all the stuff and you just have to put it all together.  It can be a pain, and needs regular maintenence, but I was refering to an enclosed water cooler where you mount it on the CPU, and then put the radiator on the back of a fan.  You don't need to maintain it, and it's not very hard to setup.  Check it out-

http://www.corsair.com/hydro-series-h60-cpu-cooler.html

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TommM

Thanks.  I'd have to see one up close and in action.  It's pricey and has the two components plus tubing so again, case room would be a concern for me.  Read a couple of reviews (including here at Maximum PC) and it received solid reviews for the most part albeit most reviewers recommended upgrading the fan (more cost) and also said placement of the radiator/fan can be problematic depending on case air flow.

At any rate, it's worth a look next time I buy a new CPU cooler.  :)

 

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