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
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