The Dutch company called Nexus has taken part in our tests already, so we know about its high-quality fans and not very successful coolers FLC-3000, XiR-2300 and XiR-3500. Recently, Nexus has announced new fans and a new cooler called VCT-9000, whihc we have also reveiwed. Right now, we are going to discuss the affordable LXM-8200.
The small product box is half-open from the face and one of the side panels, so you can see the fan and some of the cooler’s heatsink.
The picture on the box suggests that this cooler is going to be quiet. Inside the cardboard wrapper there is a plastic blister pack that envelops the cooler tightly. It comes with a 1g pack of SilMORE thermal grease.
The Nexus LXM-8200 is a tower-like cooler measuring 110x72x140 millimeters at 664 grams of weight. Notwithstanding the typical design, it has a rather original appearance.
There is a conspicuous pack of fins in the middle of the heatsink: 19 copper plates, 0.35 millimeters thick and 1.5 millimeters apart. The fins in the two other sections of the heatsink are placed at the same distance from each other but are made from aluminum (20 fins in each section).
The fins are press-fitted onto two copper heat pipes with a diameter of 8 millimeters which are soldered to the copper base. A 100mm 7-blade impeller is attached to one side of the heatsink.
It is rather odd for such a dense heatsink to be equipped with a frameless fan which is going to develop a lower status pressure than fans with frames. So, we suspect that the performance of the Nexus LXM-8200 will depend heavily on the speed of its fan. We’ll check this out shortly.
The heatsink fins are rectangular with rounded-off corners. They are somewhat indented on the fan’s side, probably to reduce the resistance to air flow and keep the cooler efficient at low fan speeds.
The heat pipes are soldered to the 2mm copper base. They are covered by an aluminum cap to which a steel fastening plate is attached.
The cooler’s base is finished rather roughly.
However, it is flat, which is more important than mirror-shine polish.
The fan installed on the Nexus LXM-8200 is manufactured by Evercool (the EC10025LL12EP-N model).
The impeller is 100 millimeters in diameter which is but slightly smaller than 120mm fans with frames. The speed is varied automatically through pulse-width modulation in a range of 700 to 1500 RPM. Thus, the Nexus LXM-8200 is going to be almost silent when the CPU load is low. The minimum noise of the fan is specified to be 17 dBA, which is indeed silent. The maximum noise is 25.5 dBA. Such parameters as static pressure, airflow and service life of the bearing are not specified. The fan is attached to the heatsink with two wire brackets. There are soft vibration-absorbing pads in the places of contact between the slim frame of the fan and the heatsink.
The Nexus LXM-8200 is compatible with LGA775 mainboards and is installed by means of four standard locks. Nexus offers the same model but with a different fastening mechanism for AMD processors. It is called AXM-8200. Both versions have a recommended price of $19.9.