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Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Closer Look:

The RC-1001 is a flat, low-profile cooler with a very thin (12mm thick) 100mm PWM fan. There are 45 aluminum fins capped off with a decorative top plate featuring the REEVEN logo stamped neatly through the center. The top plate also covers the termination points of the heat pipes and is secured with four flat head rivet-style fasteners. Some manufacturers leave the termination stubs visible, but Reeven keeps them covered up, and that makes for an aesthetically pleasing cooler. From any angle, the RC-1001 looks good. At just 59mm high (with fan), the Brontes is 1mm shorter that the Steropes, and the low profile offers a clear advantage in a case where space is limited. I have to wonder if the compact size will compromise cooling capacity more that it did on the Steropes. Compared to the Steropes, the Brontes has a smaller fan, fewer fins, and one less heat pipe.

Like the Steropes, the fan comes pre-attached, and this style of cooler allows for the installation of only one fan. The clips are a bit tight, but you can move them out of the way to remove the fan. From the top view, all you really see is the fan. The fan pushes air down through the fin stack toward the motherboard and this can be somewhat of a good and bad thing. The good part is that air is circulated across your other components, such as the VRM and at least the first RAM slot, which does help to keep some of your motherboard components cool. The bad part is that, under a load, the hot air that exits the fin stack often recirculates, unless you have adequate case fans that can really keep air moving through the case.

 

 

 

The side view shows just how low the profile is. The fin stack is not much thicker than the fan. The heat pipes have to make some quick turns to make it into the fin stack. The base is offset that allows for RAM clearance, which we will see later.

The base appears to start out as one aluminum extrusion. Then the top of the base has two cross-cuts to increase surface area and allow air flow. There are also grooves extruded through the base that the heat pipes pass through. The bottom of the base is actually a separate plate. During the manufacturing process, the base, heat pipes, and bottom plate are all soldered together. Since the fin stack almost sits on top of the base, it is hard to see the cross-cuts, but you can see them from the side view. The heat pipes on the Steropes exit the base on two sides and this allows the heat pipes to fully support the fin stack. Even though the Brontes is a bit smaller than the Steropes, the fin stack still has to be supported. There are two small support wires that connect the base to the fin stack. This provides additional support so that the heat pipes don't have to carry all the load on one end.

 

 

The base plate is machined flat and nickel plated. As you can see, the base is offset from the fin stack and that will ultimately benefit RAM clearance. All four nickel plated heat pipes make one pass through the fin stack and terminate at the base. Don't forget to peel off the plastic cover before you apply your thermal paste. Normally you don't have to remove the fan during the installation, but I removed it to show you the fin stack in more detail.

 

 

After removing the fan, you can see how the fins are packed close together. There are 45 fins and the nickel plated heat pipes are spaced to maximize the exposure to the air flow. You can see the four threaded corner holes for the side mounting brackets, which have not been installed yet.

  

 

Since the fan is already attached, the only assembly you have to do before the installation is to attach the two side mounting brackets to the cooler base. This is easily done with two small screws per side. The ends of the two brackets have three positions you can select based on which socket you have. The brackets came with the LGA 1150 configuration ready to go, but to change the configuration all you do is loosen a screw at each end of the bracket and slide it to the necessary position and tighten the screw. Now we are ready for a nice application of the included thermal paste.

 

Let's talk about the fan. Contributing to the low profile, the 13-blade 100mm PWM fan is only 12mm thick. It is rated at 0.24 amps, and can move up to 30.39 CFM of air. The rated speed is 650 to 2200 RPM with a noise level of 11.81 ~ 33.67dBA. The power cable is nicely sheathed in a braided, black plastic cover. This is becoming a common practice now across manufacturers and really helps to keep your cable routing clean and tidy.

 

 

The rear mounting does not use the typical back plate. This cooler is small and light enough that the additional support of a back plate is not necessary. There are four studs (with the rubber washers) that push through the motherboard and screw directly into the mounting brackets on the cooler. The four screws bottom out just as the rubber washers are fully compressed. This is a fast, simple, yet effective method of attaching the cooler.

  

 

RAM clearance depends on the mounting orientation. For my installation, the best fit was to mount the offset facing down toward the video card. This allows full access to the RAM slots, but of course, your motherboard layout may allow the cooler to be mounted more easily in different orientations. The low profile of the Brontes is a departure from the large, tower style coolers that I usually handle. It is almost like the fan is sitting right on the CPU. All you have to do now is plug the fan into one of the CPU fan headers and power it up. The white rear case fan looks deceptively large in the right hand photo, partially because at 140mm, it is much larger than the yellow 100mm Brontes fan, and because the Brontes fan is farther away. Ok, let's see what happens when we turn up the heat.

 




  1. Reeven Brontes RC-1001: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reeven Brontes RC-1001: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Reeven Brontes RC-1001: Specifications & Features
  4. Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Reeven Brontes RC-1001: Conclusion
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