Ok, so now it's time for the reality check. At first glance the R2 looks just like the original, and with the way the cooler is oriented in the package, the revision is hidden. It takes a closer look of the FLC-3000 R2 to really see what the HOC and SkyveTek technologies offer in such a small package. It just proves that I shouldn't pass judgment before I saw what this cooler was capable of. When the cooler first arrived, I sort of gave it the "I remember this cooler" and sort of put it out of my mind while I reviewed some other material. When I finally got to looking at what Nexus had produced in the R2 I thought this cooler has a real chance. The final realization that Nexus has really produced a worthy revision of a cooler that just couldn't handle even 150W processors is when I saw the results. The FLC-3000 R2 took my presumed impressions and smacked them right in the face.
Not only did they bolster the performance level of the R2, there are still two other factors to take advantage of. One is the size; the R2 will fit almost anywhere, except for a few extreme SFF chassis'. The second is even while they are keeping your CPU cooler than a stock cooler could ever hope to, the directed air flow to the motherboard should allow for lowered ambient around the CPU as long as you have a case fan or two to help remove the air after it passes across the motherboard components. Now, while the cooler isn't the most attractive of all the options as it lacks the nickel coatings and fan shrouds that are all the rage as of late, they do offer you performance at a good price, and in the end, that is what we all want most.
With limited information on hand, the pricing and date when they will hit the various markets is still up in the air a bit. I would assume the $40-50 range is where the cooler will be priced, as the original can be bought for a little less than $40 if you shop around a bit. While there is a bit of a wait for them to start to surface at your favorite shop, if you have limited space for an aftermarket CPU cooler, the Nexus FLC-3000 R2 is a perfect solution. Even if you are just looking for something a little different to tame a processor under 180W, I would still recommend you take a look at this.
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