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Neng Tyi Nexus KN02 HSF Review - Conclusion

For those who have been asking for inexpensive heatsinks for your systems, take a peek here as Mike "Darthtanion" Wright takes a look at one of the cheapest coolers to recently hit the market. Of course, inexpensive doesn't take away the necessity for reasonable performance. We've put this Nexus cooler through the standard gauntlet to see if it will suit the needs of those looking for a more reasonably priced cooling solution. Let's see how it fared against some other low-cost sinks!

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 21, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Neng Tyi

Conclusion

 

As we look at the results, we notice that the Thermaltake unit does manage to come out on top of the test results. But this is where we start looking at another factor that leaps out at us; PRICE. The Nexus KN02 HSF complete with the Y.S. Tech fan will be retailing at about US$9.95. Yes, you heard correctly, the manufacturer is recommending a retail price of $9.95!

 

I can't tell you how many times I've heard folks ask for some cooler that may not be at the top of the food chain but still manages to provide acceptable results for a small cash input. This Nexus cooler does just that. While not top of the line performance numbers, it does manage to give better results than the stock AMD choice of cooler and also won't set you back an arm and a leg.

 

As a final note, I would like to point out that this heatsink was tested as shipped. Though not a terrible base, it could use a good lapping. I'm confident that this would give you even better results, but we wanted to see what we could expect out of the box.

 

Bottom line...If you happen to be looking at a cooler that works better than factory but won't cost you much, then you've found your HSF. Keep in mind, however, that if you plan on overclocking, then this heatsink is not designed for that.

 

- Pros

 

PRICE!

 

Excellent clip

 

Y.S. Tech fan used

 

- Cons

 

Base really needs to be lapped

 

Performance is a bit behind other budget coolers

 

Rating - 8/10

 

Editor's Note: I received word today that the base of this cooler has been fixed up by the manufacturer. I also received a photo of this improved area, so you can now disregard the worries of a base that is marred.

 

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