Nexus is not new to the cooling market, and an impressive pedigree is clearly evident in the design and quality of this the FLC-3000. It does set out what it claims to do, and that is to offer a quiet product to help keep your computer cool. When running at lower speeds, the cooler certainly is very quiet, but when the temperature starts to rise it does get a bit louder due to the 92mm fan operating at much higher speeds. So depending to what extent you expect this cooler to perform, you may find it to be louder than you wish.
What is perhaps more interesting is the the FLC-3000 appears to be good at many things, yet it’s not the best at any of them in the end. It is quiet, but there are quieter coolers. There are more expensive coolers on the market, but less expensive ones as well. Its cooling performance is good for its size, but it’s not the top performer out there either. And while it doesn’t excel in any particular area, it is a rather good jack-of-all-trades cooler.
Really the only areas where the FLC-3000 falls short is that the mounting system is rather cumbersome and overly complex; perhaps a clearer installation guide would help, as the diagrams and text are woefully lacking. The other area of detraction is in a siituation where an overclocked quad core CPU is the beast of choice for your system; quite simply, this cooler is not that type of workhorse. So it’s really not a fair comparison then; it’s apples to oranges. Nexus does manage to do what it claims, nothing more and nothing less, and in that sense the FLC-3000 gets the job done.
While the FLC-3000 does a very good job within its capabilities, that is offset somewhat by a rather premium price tag of approximately $55 USD. At this price there are other options that can offer lower noise levels or better performance, so the FLC-3000 is in for a tough fight. While the cooler isn’t without a few detractions, it is a good all-around product for a low-noise solution in a compact form, and is worth a good look.
Our thanks go to Nexus for providing the products for this review.