The brand Reeven is one you have not familiar with; that’s because they are a new player, to the market of CPU cooling, that said based on our experience with them so far, and their extensive lineup. I suspect they’ll be a name you come to know, soon enough!
Unfortunately, just like when we reviewed, the flagship OKEHEONS from Reeven, we could not locate any stock here in the UK, or even the EU. Be sure to keep any eye open, for this product soon!
We’re informed that the UK price should be around £25/ $40 in the US, which is very good value, time to answer the important question.
Is it any good?
[Features and Specifications]
- Slim size with 60mm in height is perfect for ITX system
- Wide-spread AL fin jointed with 5 heatpipes increases capacity of heat dissipation
- Quick-installed mounting kit fits various types of CPU socket
|Model Number||RC-1206 / RC-1206b (AM1 compatible)|
|Socket||INTEL: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1151 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 |
AMD: AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ / FM1 / FM2 / FM2+ / AM1(RC-1206b only)
|Overall Dimension||(W)125 x (H)60 x (D)129mm|
|Fan Dimension||120 x 120 x 12mm|
|Heatpipe||Ø6mm x 5|
|Fan Speed||500 ~ 2000RPM|
|Air Flow||12.13 ~ 45.47CFM|
|Static Pressure||0.004 ~ 0.053inchH2O|
|Noise Level||9.32 ~ 33.67dBA|
The original STEROPES was compatible with all major past, and current platforms EXCEPT AM1 and 2011. This was partially remedied with the new version (RC-1206b) which we have.
Theirs no mention of a TDP rating on the box, or website either.
Courtesy of Reeven. More information available HERE
[Packaging and Bundle]
Reeven uses an all black box, with lots of yellow accents around the main product box. Which is fitting, because in case you missed it, that’s the two primary colours of ALL Reeven products.
Each side offers clear, concise and useful information, which we appreciate!
Inside the box, you’ll find the cooler, manual and the mounting hardware. The STEROPES uses separate mounting arms for either Intel or AMD, no backplate however. The system here is a bolt, from the under side type. Reeven also provides a small amount of thermal paste, and I would rather see a tube.
With the low suggested price tag, I didn’t imagine such a premium looking product. Notice the Reeven name that’s found on the two side plates, these add a real sense of style to the product. No doubt your eyes will be drawn to the fan. The yellow blades do attract attention that’s for sure. As I sad in a past Reeven review, however, I get the idea but frankly it’s going to limit the audience.
Colour matching components, and building systems purely around colours is a growing trend, and yellow is not that popular… Hopefully, Reeven releases the product in something as simple as all black….
As said above, it stands at just 60mm in height, and that includes the fan too! Which is only 12.5mm in height, while that addition keeps the product low, I do have reservations about it’s ability, but more on that soon.
looking now at the underside, 5 heatpipes connect to the highly polished base. Notice the C shaped design, that is slightly offset. Technically the product can be installed in 4 different orientations, depending on the board you use.
Installation on the Steropes is slightly different, not the hardware involved but the method. First you’ll need to add the matching arms, for your platform. Take care not to fix them upside down! (middle image)
Four bolts. with rubber washers slide through the mounting holes.
I grade the installation process on a scale of 1-10. With 10 being the most difficult, this would be a 1 and nobody should have any major issue.
[Clearance and observations]
As I said earlier, you’ll want to trial different orientations, to find the best to suit your hardware. We found that placing the heat pipes near the DIMM slots offered the best clearance, as there is nothing hanging over them.
RAM clearance with the STEROPES is perfect, when installed as above
[Test Setup & Method]
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Intel® i5 4670K
|Memory:||Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB|
|Motherboard:||MSI Z97 GAMING 7|
|Video Card:||MSI Radeon 270X Gaming|
|Hard Drives:|| |
SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB
M.2 -Kingston M.2
|OS:||Windows 8.1 64-Bit|
CPU coolers and test method is an area that causes much confusion and debate. We should point out that many sites test in different ways, but the majority share the same core idea that a simple math equation should be used. So that a consistent value can be recorded and re-used against other products
This simple equation of [recorded result] [minus] [ambient room temperature] = Delta
This test method simply means no matter how warm or cool the testing room is, the data is comparable. There will always be a degree of error in such testing. There are so many variables such airflow, testing location and such. So we perform all our testing on the same hardware and in the same location.
- Our procedure is to fit the cooler and allow a 24 hour period before any testing, allowing the thermal paste to settle. The system is booted and allowed to sit idle for 15 minutes. We take our first recording. Then using a selection of software forcing the CPU to run at 100% load. We then take our load temperatures.
- This process is repeated 3 times and the results are converted to an average.
- We provide delta temperature [Load temperatures minus ambient room temperature].
- This allows us to provide consistent results no matter the room temperature.
Many factors can skew results and to ensure accuracy we repeat all of the above three further times. Including refitting the cooler, this compensates for factors such as burn in time, amount of thermal paste and such.
I must point out that we do not manipulate and force the fan to run at 100%, it is something we had considered in the past and if we had done, most of the products in the chart would appear to have better results.
However what we present is a fair representation of how a product will perform out of the box. With this in mind what we tend to find, in our stock testing is that the fan(S) does not always hit 100%.
The PWM curve is just too relaxed we think, seemingly to offer less than average performance. If you manually increased the fan you could knock several degrees off!
* Our test CPU is ran at default auto clocks and voltage for stock testing. For overclocking it’s not the best around and requires 1.375 volts to operate at 4.6 GHz. All results shown are at these settings unless otherwise stated*
The test that matters more for Overclockers… we applied a heavy overclock, which requires lots of vcore.
The Steropes, couldn’t handle the heat, those are delta temperatures, remember so once you factor in the room temp. We hovered right on thermal limit of the CPU and ultimately throttled. Rendering it a fail
Under heavy loads (stock CPU), it raised to around the 35Db mark, but more so once we overclocked the CPU , peaking at just 39Db
The second Reeven product we’ve reviewed in 2015. Before we go any further we must tackle the one single issue with the product, and that’s availability. We explained earlier this year that Reeven is working behind the scenes to push availability, sadly nothing’s changed (at the time of writing) so at this point, the product will have to go on your “To purchase in the future list”.
With that said we can focus on the actual product now, we’re basing our award on many factors, and while there is no stock we must use the MSRP instead. Which is very competitive for this type of product, and looking at the charts it does fairly well against similar products. With a stock CPU it will perform just fine, even under long periods of full load. noise output at idle is inaudible and for the most part, very acceptable the rest of the time
It’s not viable on a overclocked system, to be fair out test bench, is very demanding. The CPU requires a lot of vcore, and it does use a gen 1 Haswell CPU, maybe a less demanding system, with a light overclock would be OK. Noise output was more noticeable toward the end of the test, where it hovered too close to the fail territory, for my liking. For this reason I would personally avoid overclocking with the Steropes.
The Steropes isn’t a bad product, but it’s not a great product either, good is most fitting was to describe it I suppose. That is reflected in the suggestion price though, at £25/$40 the great compatibility it offers, and decent performance must be noted. Based on everything I’ve seen today I will grant it “Value”