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This time we tested Nexus LOW-7000 R2, a CPU cooler with four heatpipes, a 120 mm fan and with a height of only 2 3/4" (70 mm), making it compatible with SFF cases. But will it perform like "big" coolers?

LOW-7000 R2 box is big but low, showing the cooler main characteristic. The low height is well advertised, but keep in mind that it is not the lowest cooler on market, as Scythe Big Shuriken, for example, is only 2 9/32" (58 mm) high. In the box there is also a small window that shows part of the cooler.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 1: Box.

Inside the box we found the cooler, user manual, installation hardware and a tube of gray thermal compound.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 2: Box contents.

In the next pages we will see this cooler in detail.

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Nexus LOW-7000 R2 is a horizontal cooler with design similar to other coolers like Scythe Big Shuriken, Thermaltake ISGC-400, SilverStone NT06-E and Noctua NH-C12P. The heatpipes connect the base to a bigger heatsink located over the base but not touching it.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 3: Side view.

In Figure 4 we have a side view of LOW-7000 R2. Note the fan connector with four pins, which means it has PWM speed control.
Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 4: Side view.

In Figure 5 we have a front view from LOW-7000, where we can see the tips from the four heatpipes. We can also see the smaller heatsink, that is attached directly to the base.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 5: Front view.

In Figure 6 we can see the back side of the cooler, where we can see the position of the heatpipes.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 6: Rear view.

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In Figure 7 we have a top view of LOW-7000, where we can see the 120 mm fan.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 7: Top view.
In Figure 8 we see the base of the cooler. Practically only the heatpipes keep contact with the CPU. The base is not very polished, and thus it has no mirrored surface.
Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 8: Base.
An amazing detail we have not seem before is that the thermal compound syringe comes inside a vacuum-sealed bag. There is also a plastic spreader to help applying the compound.
Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 9: Thermal compound and spatula.
In Figure 10, you can see the thermal compound tube removed from its bag. A pity that the hard consistency of the compound makes the spreader useless, because the paste keeps "united" and hard to spread. With the pressure from the cooler, however, the thermal compound spreads evenly over the CPU.
Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 10: Thermal compound tube.

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In Figure 11 we can see the clip used with AMD socket AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPUs. The cooler comes with an hexagonal screwdriver to help installing the screws.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 11: AMD clips.

In Figure 12, you can see the clips for Intel CPUs (sockets 775, 1156 and 1366). The clips look like the standard ones from Intel. There is also a tool to help installing and removing the cooler from the motherboard.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 12: Intel clips.

In Figure 13 we see the Intel clip installed on the cooler base.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 13: Intel clips installed.

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In Figure 14 we can see LOW-7000 R2 installed on our motherboard. This was the hardest CPU cooler installation we’ve seen to date – and it doesn’t even have a backplate! With the motherboard inside the case it is impossible to install the cooler and even outside the chassis it was very complicated to install it, because it is hard to access each clip and we needed to use a big amount of force in order to hear the characteristic "click" when pushing each clip.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 14: Installed on the motherboard.

Actually the pressure applied on each clip is so strong that our motherboard was severely bent, as you can see in Figure 15.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 15: Bent motherboard.

In Figure 16 we see LOW-7000 R2 inside our case.

Nexus LOW-7000 R2Figure 16: Installed in our case.

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn’t interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss and Megahalems Rev. B were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 31 °C 42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 26 °C 34 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 41 dBA 500 rpm 26 °C 35 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 26 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 22 °C 30 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 21 °C 30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 18 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 35 °C 49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 20 °C 30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 20 °C 28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 23 °C 28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 31 °C 35 °C
Schythe Kabuto 22 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 29 °C 34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 26 °C 30 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 24 °C 26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 28 °C 35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 41 dBA 700 rpm 25 °C 30 °C
ISGC-400 (min) 17 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 24 °C 30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 32 °C 44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min) 22 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 22 °C 29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 42 dBA 900 rpm 31 °C 39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 30 °C 39 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 43 dBA 1200 rpm 27 °C 34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 40 dBA 800 rpm 28 °C 32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 45 dBA 900 rpm 30 °C 34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 28 °C 34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 33 °C 42 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 48 dBA 1740 rpm 42 °C 100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 43 °C 77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 35 °C 70 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 48 dBA 1500 rpm 34 °C 68 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 52 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 27 °C 63 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 25 °C 60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 51 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-100 18 °C 50 dBA 1800 rpm 58 °C 93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 28 °C 59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 25 °C 54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 37 °C 76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 48 dBA 1900 rpm 42 °C 68 °C
Scythe Kabuto 22 °C 47 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 51 dBA 2300 rpm 49 °C 85 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 36 °C 64 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 31 °C 56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 39 °C 96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 56 dBA 2600 rpm 34 °C 63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C 54 °C
ISGC-400 (max) 17 °C 47 dBA 1400 rpm 36 °C 69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 55 dBA 2300 rpm 48 °C 92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max) 22 °C 53 dBA 2000 rpm 35 °C 59 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 32 °C 67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 50 dBA 1500 rpm 51 °C 85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 53 dBA 2700 rpm 39 °C 66 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 47 dBA 1550 rpm 37 °C 69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 61 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 56 dBA 2000 rpm 34 °C 54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 50 dBA 1650 rpm 32 °C 56
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 53 °C 1900 rpm 45 °C 74 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.


The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.


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Nexus LOW-7000 R2 main features are:

  • Application: Sockets 1366, 1156, 775, AM3, AM2+ and AM2 processors.
  • Fins: Aluminum.
  • Base: Aluminum, with heatpipes in direct contact with the CPU.
  • Heat-pipes: Four 6-mm copper heat-pipes.
  • Fan: 120 mm.
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,000 rpm.
  • Fan air flow: Not informed.
  • Maximum power consumption: Not informed.
  • Nominal noise level: 24 dBA.
  • Weight: 1.05 lbs (475 g).
  • More information: https://www.nexustechnologyusa.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 55.00

* Researched on www.newegg.com on the day this review was published.

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

Nexus LOW-7000 R2 achieved a performance similar to Thermaltake ISGC-400, having a better performance than most cooler with similar design we’ve tested so far (Scythe Big Shuriken, SilverStone NT06-E and Noctua NH-C12P). On the other hand, it presented a performance worse than most tower coolers we tested so far.

It has some problems as well: its noise level is not high but the cooler is not quiet – especially when the advertising on the cooler box says it is a "silent cooler"; its installation is hard; it bends the motherboard; and it is not inexpensive.

So for the average user with a mid-tower case, there is no point in buying this cooler. But if you have an SFF computer and you are looking for a good performance cooler, Nexus LOW-7000 R2 is a good option.