|by sswilson | July 20, 2007|
NEXUS NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler Review
NEXUS NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler
Price: $24.99 CDN NCIX
Availability: In Stock
Manufacturer's Part Number: NHP-2200
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Based in the Netherlands, and formed in 2002, NEXUS' link to their homepage at stopthenoise.com sums up their stated goal without mincing too many words. In a nutshell, their focus is on bringing products to market which will drastically lower sound levels without sacrificing performance.
Today we're going to be looking at one of their latest products, the NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler.
Great looking retail boxed packaging. Front of box includes a see-through view of the heatsink.
Rear and side panels display a good description of the heatsink, as well as full specifications for size and weight.
Inside of the box we find the heatsink is well secured within a plastic blister. Also included is universal mounting hardware, a pictorial manual for the various different types of mounts, NB spacer, and a full tube of thermal paste.
The NHP-2200 is a fanless NB cooling solution which utilizes heat pipe technology. Full specifications can be found here Nexus NHP-2200 Specifications page .
Close up look
Initial impressions are very good. The all copper design looks great, and the unit provides a fairly small footprint.
First thing that catches the eye is the cylindrical shape. This cooler is designed as a pure passive cooling solution. There will be no jury-rigging of a fan to the side of this heatsink in an attempt to improve performance.
Lots of surface area through the copper wafers paired with a heat pipe design should convert to excellent cooling.
The base is mirror polished. Slight discolouration is probably due to the protective plastic film is it shipped with, but doesn't seem to affect cooling performance.
Mounting hardware appears to cover every possible installation. The manual lists 4 different installation methods.
Installation was a breeze. The manual is a little hard to read as it covers 4 different languages, but diagrams are plentiful, and seem to cover everything we need to know for installation.
We'll be replacing the large black heatsink in the middle of this motherboard.
Comparison between the stock heatsink and the NEXUS unit. The stock heatsink is slightly larger, but the NHP-2200 appears to have more cooling surface area due to the copper wafers. Also worth noting is that the NHP-2200 stands higher, so it should be able to more efficiently take advantage of any airflow in the case.
Bare northbridge chip with the stock cooler removed. Protective spacer installed on the right.
The supplied thermal grease appears to be of good quality, however it seems to be of a conductive metal composition and is quite thin. Keeping this in mind, use it sparingly and ensure it only goes on the northbridge chip itself.
Hooks are attached to the board in the same manner as the stock heatsink. Spring mounts on the base are free floating so it is easy to adjust the heatsink for best position on your motherboard.
NHP-2200 after installation. As has been mentioned previously, it is much higher than the stock heatsink, thus offers a better chance of grabbing any available airflow.
Testing Methodology: Max stable system FSB of 448 selected for highest NB temps. Load temps are Othos mem test (Large in place FFTs) 1.5 hours. Idle temps are 5 minutes after load stopped. NB temps are as indicated on Speedfan. Tests were carried out on a bench rather than in a case to remove issues with regards to differing airflow in different cases.Ambient temps were 21c.
While it's got great looks, and installation is a breeze, most folks will be more interested in how well it cools the Northbridge.
As a passive cooler, it's going to need to be able to wick away the heat. Let's see how well a passive heat pipe does against a stock passive heatsink.
In order to drive NB temps up as high as possible for this test, a FSB of 448 was selected and Orthos was run for 1.5 hours on Large In-place FFTs.
As you can see from the graph above, the NHP-2200 does indeed deliver the goods when it comes to passive NB cooling. Differences of 5 Deg. C at idle and 7 Deg. C load are impressive by themselves, but even more so when you consider the size of the stock heatsink it was compared against.
It would appear that the all copper construction paired with a heat pipe, and a higher footprint into case airflow combine for exceptional cooling performance.
What can you say about a passive NB cooling solution that performs this well other than “Good Show”!
Not only is the NHP-2200 an attractive addition to any motherboard, the testing results also show that it is no slouch in the performance department.
Installation was easy, and hardware is included for any motherboard configuration.
NEXUS' NHP-2200 gets itself a 5/5 score as well as a Dam Good award!!!!
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Review by sswilson