So let’s run through what we have seen so far. The Nexus XiR-3500 is straightforward to install, in most cases it will require the removal of your motherboard for fitting, but what performance heatsink doesn’t? Weighing in at 796g the cooler certainly isn’t the heaviest out there, once installed the cooler feels stable, it’s not going to move around or in the worst case scenario fall off the motherboard causing some damage on its way. The whole product has a feel of quality about it, the gold packaging is easy to identify and pleasing to the eye. Everything is neatly packaged and well presented whilst keeping the heatsink safe in transit, scoring brownie points with me Nexus even bundle a spatula for spreading the supplied paste.
Performance wise, what can I say? The Nexus XiR-3500 does a stirling job, the core i7 920 can be a toasty chip and at stock speed the XiR-3500 held the temperature at 68°C under full load. This blew away the stock Intel cooler and was a lot quieter while doing so. Running an Intel i7 920 overclocked to 3.6ghz under full load the Nexus XiR-3500 kept the temperatures in check at 79°C that’s very impressive for an almost silent cooler, remember folks this was carried out on what was probably the hottest day we will have this year. Most coolers would be sweating under the strain while the XiR-3500 kept its cool and remained silent.
I challenge you to ask any performance pc enthusiast what is one of the most annoying features of their pc. I bet the answer would be noise. Nexus have risen to this challenge and provided us with an excellent solution.
Nexus I salute you on your achievement.