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Nexus VCT-9000 CPU Cooler - Final Thoughts

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

Final Thoughts

 

The Nexus VCT-9000 can get the job done, don't get me wrong. It's better than stock and offers that performance with barely any noise at all. The design is innovative, not many manufacturers would go the way of removing surface area from the fins to offer a bit more motherboard cooling in exchange. And I do mean "in exchange", and here is why. For the loss of the extra fin surface area that could be present in a tower cooler, it theoretically should add to better CPU temperatures. With this cooler they took away from the CPU to give to the motherboard. This seems sort of odd to me!

 

In my mind the motherboard manufacturer builds the board to allow for silly builders who put really hot components into a tiny chassis and let it run all summer. With overclocking things are a bit different; I can replicate those temperatures in the dead of winter if I add enough voltage, but here is my point. This cooler is better than stock, and should allow for a fair bit of overclocking headroom. Realistically though, most people who overclock their components have thought out the case air flow prior to slapping on a cooler. That being said, the degree or three your motherboard drops in temperatures isn't going to allow for much more of an overclock since the CPU is still just as hot.

 

On top of its mediocre standings on the list, I find that the cooler only lists over the pond, and doing some quick math, that $45-50 price tag overseas translates to near $70 USD. Now, I'm no genius, but there are plenty of coolers on the market that will offer better cooling at a lesser price, and deservingly so would most likely get my hard earned dollars before I chose this. Even looking at it as a better than stock replacement, the stock cooler offers air to the motherboard for free; I couldn't see paying so much for such a marginal difference. While the cooler is not currently listed in the US for sale, I am lead to believe it should hit shelves soon. So, if you are looking for a mediocre, silent performing cooler with a bit of flash and LED's, keep your eyes peeled.

 

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