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NZXT HAVIK 140 Cooler Review

Today we are going to test the NZXT HAVIK 140 with the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU. The AMD PII X6 1090T Black Edition ships at 3.2ghz but can hit 4.0 GHz (and above) when paired with the right cooler.

We like to try and mirror ‘realistic’ conditions when possible, so instead of the open bench concept, we are mounting the build inside the NZXT Phantom Chassis. Room ambient temperatures were maintained at a steady 21c throughout testing.

AMD System:
Processor: AMD PII X6 1090T Black Edition
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD80
Thermal Paste: NZXT Thermal paste
Power Supply: Corsair HX 850W
Chassis: NZXT Phantom
Memory: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto DDR3 1333mhz Cas 9-9-9-24- 1T
Graphics Card: Sapphire 6950 2 GB (1536 unified shaders)

There are several different applications out there that will load a processor to the max while running through a series of complicated calculations. For today’s testing we are going to use the latest version of Prime 95.

Prime95 is a popular freeware application that can be used to stress test the CPU.

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Testing at stock speeds the HAVIK produced decent results with idle temperatures of 22c and only reaching 46c when running Prime 95.

After increasing our clock speed to 4.0 GHz our idle temperature increased to 24c and our load temperature jumped an additional 10c maxing out at 56c.

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