Reeven Hans RC-1205 Reviewred454 -
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Reeven Hans RC-1205 Introduction:
OCC reviewed the Hans RC-1205 (and the Justice RC-1204) last year, so when I see that a couple of Reeven coolers showed up I thought they looked familiar. Same name? Same part number? What is going on? It is not unusual for a manufacturer to update a product to either freshen it up aesthetically or add some new features to keep it relevant. However, these changes are usually accompanied with a reason on the packaging, something like "new and improved" or Version 2.0. That is not the case with these coolers as there is no indication of a previous edition. I made a quick visit to the website and saw that there is also an RC-1205(n) version which has exposed copper heatpipes and that is the model I reviewed last year. It will be interesting to see what all has changed. This review covers the Hans RC-1205 and the Justice RC-1204 will be covered in a separate review.
Reeven is somewhat of a newcomer to the computer component world, having formed in 2009. Since my initial review last year, Reeven has added several coolers, three cases, one new fan, and two fan controllers to its lineup - so things at Reeven seem to be busy. From the Reeven website: "REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN's product lines includes the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, Cooling Fans, Power Supply Units, PC Cases and many other items. the target of our products will be a wide range of audience under our philosophy 'Professional Quality Gears', for products that will withstand the highest demand."
Reeven Hans RC-1205 Closer Look:
The packaging for the Reeven Hans RC-1205 is very different from the packaging in last year's review, and like the last box this one has a lot going on for being so small. This time there is some maroon coloring and a nice background that almost looks like it has been sponge painted. All sides of the box are full of information and graphics. The front of the box shows the cooler fan up front and shows the Intel and AMD socket compatibility, noting that the cooler is Haswell Ready. The back side of the package has dimensional information and a specification list in seven languages.
One side of the package shows another shot of the cooler with some illustrations of the features including: Unique Embossed Fin Design, Slim Structure, 120mm PWM fan, and Ø6mm x 4 Heatpipes. The other side has a caution list which seems like common sense, but Safety First is not a bad thing, right?
The top of the box shows the Reeven logo and a few of the features, such as the Nickel-plated Heatpipes for Best Durability & Appearance and Slim Structure without overhanging with RAMs (which we know means RAM accessibility).
Opening the box, right away you are greeted by the top of the cooler. There wasn't any layer of foam or other barrier. I can see where the top of the cooler had impacted the side flaps enough to leave a mark - probably from some rough handling before it got to me, hopefully nothing is damaged. The cooler is sandwiched between the hardware box and the fan and there is a piece of foam separating the cooler and fan.
After I got the cooler out of the box I saw that the top plate was bent a little so I tried to straighten it out. I also noticed (and you will see later) that the top has many fine, parallel cracks in the surface finish, which I will attribute to the rough handling. The hardware consists of mounting components for AMD and Intel installations and there is even a small wrench. The thermal paste is in a clear plastic pouch rather than a syringe-style dispensing tube. There are two metal fan clips to secure the fan to the fin stack and a large stamped steel back plate that is painted black.
The instruction sheet is well illustrated with a full parts list and is laid out with easy-to-follow assembly and installation steps. It is always a good idea to read through the instructions no matter how many coolers you have installed.