Nexus VCT-9000 Silent Cooler Review



Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.80GHz
Asus Rampage Extreme 3 Motherboard
Corsair Platinum 6GB x10 ratio
Asus Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
Corsair HX850w
Windows 7 Ultimate x64


On the basis that the VCT-9000 is a cooler orientated towards silence rather than all out performance, we weren't entirely sure what to expect. For now, we're going to let the graphs do the talking.

It's fair to say that we couldn't have expected miracles with a Core i7 930 with a fan spinning at just 500RPM on any cooler. With the Nexus VCT-9000, temperatures shot up to a slightly uncomfortable but safe temperature of 86*c. As one would imagine, the cooler was nigh on silent with it's fan set to low and with that in mind, we feel that the result is quite reasonable.

As we cranked the fan up to it's maximum speed of 1600RPM, a level of motor noise was noticeable although it was not intrusive. This however saw a staggering 25c drop in temperature to a much healthier 61c. At this fan speed, the Nexus is capable of matching the smaller Noctua NH-C12P's performance. Given the temperature drops witnessed from a 1100RPM increase, we can't help but wonder what the cooler might be capable of with a noiser but more effective fan.

Sadly the Nexus began to struggle as we applied our two preset overclocks of 3.60GHz 1.30V and 4.00GHz 1.35V. Neither of these were obtainable and so it seems that this cooler is not particularly suitable for overclocked Core i7 processors. The same would surely apply for Phenom II X4/X6 processors with voltages north of 1.4V.

That's all folks. Time for a conclusion

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Most Recent Comments

09-07-2010, 04:21:11

Nexus think they have mastered the art of silent cooling with their VCT-9000 cooler. Let's see if we can prove it.

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09-07-2010, 06:26:22

This cooler is all about style and low noise, it really looks nice and stylish and I think it was designed for people who don’t overclock but are more concerned with appearance and quiet environment and the packing looks quite good too but 50 £ is asking too much if it was around 35 £ I think it will sell quite well and NEXUS is not a well known brand.Quote

09-07-2010, 06:53:26

It's highly probable it works a ton load better on AMD. Usually when a cooler offers poor performance on Intel they are better suited to AMD and vice versa, good Intel coolers tend to put in a poor show on AMD cpus.

Without sounding like a misery guts this is my only complaint about cooler reviews here on OC3D. I know it's not possible for all of the testers to own two complete sets of kit but it is important to give a wider view of what the cooler is capable of accross the brands.

Any way, nice review as always Quote

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