Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Reviewred454 -
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $34 to $36
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Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Introduction:
Hot on the heels of the Steropes RC-1206 review, we now have the little brother to the Steropes, which is the Brontes RC-1001. Here is a snippet from the last review that explains the names from the latest series from Reeven: "If you have a general understanding of Greek and Roman mythology, then the names of the latest Reeven coolers may make some sense. Steropes, Brontes, Okeanos, and Ouranos fill out the list of new coolers from Reeven, and without going into too much detail, the Brontes RC-1001 CPU cooler is named after one of three cyclops sons of Uranus and Gaia. Steropes, Brontes, and Arges were essentially blacksmiths of the Olympian gods. It was Brontes who added the power of thunder to Zeus' lightning bolts which helped him overthrow Cronus and the other Titans." So much for the history lesson.
I will be reviewing all four of the new releases and today we add the Brontes RC-1001 to the list. The Brontes RC-1001 is a small, low profile cooler targeted at small form factor systems or HTPC (home theater PC) builds, which are typically limited on space. There are of course trade-offs with small coolers. They are designed to fit in small spaces, so it is of no surprise that they are often forced to give up cooling capacity. Let's see how the Brontes stacks up.
Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Closer Look:
The packaging for the Reeven Brontes RC-1001 starts off with a rather small box. All sides of the box are full of information and graphics. The top of the box shows a nice top view of the cooler (which the fan mostly covers), showcasing the low profile and socket coverage. It is clear from the picture that this is indeed a low-profile cooler.
The front panel shows a nice view from the underside of the base. You get an idea of how much the heat pipes have to bend to maintain the overall low profile of the cooler. The rear panel shows the specifications in seven languages. The side panel shows some general dimensional information, socket coverage, some general warnings, and installation precautions. The other side panel has the general UPC data and a shot showing the side of the cooler where the heat pipes make the transition from the base to the fin stack.
When you open the box, the first thing you see is the bright yellow fan and a small hardware box off to the side. Not much in the way of fancy packaging beyond the cardboard base that the cooler sits on, but this is a small cooler and the packaging gets the job done. Everything seems to be in good order. So out of the box we have the cooler and attached fan, the instruction manual, and a box of installation hardware. I am used to handling some of the larger coolers, such as the Noctua D15, so the Brontes is certainly at the other end of the size spectrum. That is not necessarily a bad thing as there is no way the D15 could ever fit in tight places like the Brontes can.
The hardware consists of mounting components for AMD and Intel installations. The thermal paste is in a clear plastic pouch rather than a syringe-style dispensing tube. One thing you may notice that it is missing a back plate. Most coolers use a metal back plate that installs behind the motherboard and provides support to the cooler, but the installation method for this cooler uses no back plate. We will talk about that in more detail later on during the installation. Finally, there is a single instruction sheet consisting of easy-to-follow assembly and installation steps.