Now that we have reached the end of the time in the spotlight for the Akasa Nero S I want to recap a few things so you don’t click away and not remember the things you should. To start my recap, the socket compatibility on the Nero S covers all of the current AMD and Intel socket types (at least all that I am aware of) and comes stock with the mounting hardware required. The reason I see this as a big plus is due running waterblocks for quite a while and having to purchase specific backplates and mounting hardware for each socket type I run in the lab… so yeah, a major plus goes to the Nero S. On the same topic, the mount system on the Nero proved to be very easy and consistent with only one minor drawback… the loose screws and springs. I say a minor drawback only because the when mounting on the EVGA Classified I had some issues getting my hand in by the monster stock heatpipe and cooling fin system (probably should’ve watercooled the board but that didn’t seem logical for Air Cooler testing).
To the physical attributes again; The Nero S is not one of the oversized behemoths that barely fit in a tower case, height wise the Nero measures in at 158mm, which should easily fit inside your case without touching the fancy case window. Let’s not overlook the four (4) 8mm direct touch heatpipes, after all those heatpipes are the primary reason we see such great performance out of this small package. Who can forget the S-Flow fan that comes bundled in the retail package, which means there is no need to drop another $15-$20 on a fan that pulls the performance out of the cooler you just bought. In the opinion of this tester, there is no need to replace the fan as the S-Flow comes very close to matching the RPM scale of the award winning Gentle Typhoon. While we are talking about the fan system, let us not forget the rubber fan mounts which was a welcome change of pace over the typical wire clips. I may be alone on this, but I always end up cussing like a sailor every time I have to secure the fan to the cooler with the clumsy wire clips… The rubber fan mounts were simple and not a single expletive was muttered each time I had to remount the fan to the cooler.
Overall, the Akasa Nero S was a big surprise, as I was not expecting the performance that was displayed in front of me after opening the retail package and mounting up the Nero on the bench. The flagship cooler from Akasa is more than capable at handling a good overclock from your chip and keeping core temperatures under control. Looking around at resellers here in the US, the cost of the Nero S is listed at $49.99 from FrozenCPU, which is definitely affordable for the cooling capability. The Akasa Nero S most certainly receives our recommendation.
Additionally, I have to thank Akasa for providing Skinnee Labs with a retail sample of the Nero S for testing and for being patient as we worked through our lengthy test procedure and review process. Thanks again for reading, you keep coming back and we will continue to test and review the products for your rig.