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Thursday, June 26, 2008
CPU Coolers Roundup June 2008

4. Nexus XiR-3500

Manufacturer
Nexus
Model
Price 
$65
Category
Overclockers

The Nexus XiR coolers combine some of the most advanced technologies used for CPU coolers. Heat pipes, SkiveTek and ultra-thin fins combined with a real silent  temperature controlled fan promise to deliver the ultimate performance which has never been this quiet before.

XiR coolers are crafted out of pure aluminum and copper materials. The heat sink covering the heat pipes and the copper base is made using the SkiveTek technology.

The temperature sensor on the fan makes sure the fan speed is always at an optimal lowest speed. The speed can vary between 1500 and 2500 RPM creating a noise-output of an inaudible 15 dB(A) up till a still quiet 24 dB(A).

 

Nexus has also put two orange LED in the fans center core...just for fun.

- Features

  • Copper base
  • 4 x 6mm copper heat pipes
  • SkiveTek heat-sink
  • Aluminum or copper fins
  • Ultra-thin fins
  • Temperature controlled fan
  • Universal application

- Full specifications
Cooler specifications  
   
Universal application Intel 775, AMD AM2 754 939 940
Dimensions 106x122x111 mm
   [LxWxH] 4.17x4.80x4.37 inch
Materials Pure copper base
  Pure copper heat pipe
  Pure aluminum heat sink
  Pure copper fins
Weight 736 gr / 25.96 oz
Heat pipe 4 heat pipes of 6 mm / 0.236 inch
  diameter
Fan specifications  
   
Fan size 92 x 25 mm / 3.6 x 0.9 inch
Fan voltage 12V
Fan function temperature controlled by fan sensor
Fan speed 1200 to 2500 RPM (+/- 10%)
Fan connector 4-pin
LED's 2 x orange LED in fan center core
  Pure copper fins
Noise level 15 ~ 24 dB(A)

- Retail package

The retail package of the Nexus XiR-3500 is rather big.

The package includes all the essential parts in order to install the XiR-3500 in either Socket 775 or AMD platforms. A printed manual is also included.

The XiR-3500 is made out of full copper with a small fan on the top.

 

The bottom base is impressive with a mirror finish...

More pictures...

- Installation

The installation process requires you to remove all the four screws that secure the bottom surface, place the two holders at each side of the base and tight them up again. Then you have to place the backplate on the motherboard and flip it in order to secure the whole structure.

After some minutes, everything is placed and secured on our test board.

 

- Ratings

Retail package
Design
Motherboard compatibility
Installation time
Copper Base quality




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