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Nexus VCT-9000 CPU Cooler - The Nexus VCT-9000 CPU Cooler

Nexus tries their hand at a universal CPU cooler with silence in mind, using a few new tricks of the trade. Let's see if they find the right balance.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 30, 2010 3:53 pm
TweakTown Rating: 83%      Manufacturer: Nexus

The Nexus VCT-9000 CPU Cooler

 

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Looking into the translucent, black plastic fan that also houses LED's, we can see it is leaning back quite a bit, but still makes for excellent coverage of the aluminium fins. The shroud is attached with two screws here (bottom), and a couple up top. This does need to be removed for certain installations.

 

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From the side you get a better idea of the overall concept here. Nexus wanted to lean the fan back to triple its functionality. It cools the fins, cools the SkyveTek portion of the heatsink and also provides the motherboard with a bit more air flow than a typical tower cooler. Instead of a plain design, Nexus added flames to the side of it, or is it a seal clapping? Either way, it adds a bit of style to an otherwise plain black shroud.

 

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From the back we can see that Nexus did add a section of extra fin area in the mid-section of the cooler. It should help the center 8mm pipe and the flanking two 6mm pipes on either side. The two screws in the top of the shroud are the others needing to be removed to pull the fan and shroud.

 

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The 120mm, 4-pin PWM connected fan is attached to the shroud with soft plastic, push pin locks. They are secure and keep all rattles at bay. The shroud itself is held in place with the four screws, but also has two o-ring washers under the top two to keep metal to metal contact from happening.

 

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Now things get interesting. Once the shroud is gone, it is very apparent why the fan has a lean to it. Twenty-one fins make up the top, narrowest section, twenty-one in the middle section, and eleven in the bottom section with the V-shaped missing section. Now those take care of what the heatpipes bring up, but what about the base? Nexus used the SkyveTek heatsink mounted to the top of the base for additional pre-cooling.

 

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The SkyveTek cooler is made from a solid piece of aluminium then cut and shaped to make the finished product. Mounting it to the top of the plate where the heatpipes emanate isn't the best solution, but does give heat an alternative source to run to other than the fins. I would like to see this cooler set on top of the pipes directly. I think it would have much greater effect.

 

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All five of the Nickel plated pipes got milled down to bare copper, some more than others. While the outer 6mm pipes are milled pretty much across the entire width of the pipe, the centre 8mm pipe isn't getting as good of contact. These pipes are soldered to the aluminium spacer plate and then the SkyveTek is screwed into place with a bit of thermal compound between the surfaces. These same screws, when loosened just a little bit, also allow for the hardware to be inserted.

 

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