As we look at the results, we notice that the Thermaltake unit does manage to come out on top of the test results. But this is where we start looking at another factor that leaps out at us; PRICE. The Nexus KN02 HSF complete with the Y.S. Tech fan will be retailing at about US$9.95. Yes, you heard correctly, the manufacturer is recommending a retail price of $9.95!
I can't tell you how many times I've heard folks ask for some cooler that may not be at the top of the food chain but still manages to provide acceptable results for a small cash input. This Nexus cooler does just that. While not top of the line performance numbers, it does manage to give better results than the stock AMD choice of cooler and also won't set you back an arm and a leg.
As a final note, I would like to point out that this heatsink was tested as shipped. Though not a terrible base, it could use a good lapping. I'm confident that this would give you even better results, but we wanted to see what we could expect out of the box.
Bottom line...If you happen to be looking at a cooler that works better than factory but won't cost you much, then you've found your HSF. Keep in mind, however, that if you plan on overclocking, then this heatsink is not designed for that.
Y.S. Tech fan used
Base really needs to be lapped
Performance is a bit behind other budget coolers
Rating - 8/10
Editor's Note: I received word today that the base of this cooler has been fixed up by the manufacturer. I also received a photo of this improved area, so you can now disregard the worries of a base that is marred.