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Reeven Hans RC-1205 Closer Look:

The RC-1205 is a single tower style cooler that comes with a single 120mm PWM fan. There are 50 aluminum fins in the stack that are capped off with a decorative top plate with the REEVEN logo stamped neatly in the center. The top plate also covers the termination points of the heatpipes. Some coolers have the termination stubs exposed, but Reeven keeps them covered up and that makes for an aesthetically pleasing cooler. The RC-1205(n) I referenced earlier looks to be the non-plated version with exposed copper heatpipes. That is what I reviewed last year so it would seem that Reeven has released an updated unit with some nickel plating on the heatpipes. I also noticed that there are a few updates to the specs too; the most significant being that the fan now draws a little over half the amps while delivering the same airflow. Nothing wrong with using less energy to get the same job done.

The fan for the RC-1205 comes detached from the cooler so you have to attach it yourself which is, of course, not a problem. I had a mildly difficult time getting the metal clips to snap into the grooves on the fin stack, which was the same issue I had on the previous review. Not a show-stopper by any means, and typically once the fan is attached it is usually on there for a long time. If for some reason you need to take the fan off while the cooler is installed on the motherboard, it might be more of a problem to get the fan clips into the grooves and you may just have to remove the cooler altogether.

 

Here you can see how the fan clips fit into the vertical groove on the side. Once they are in there they feel secure and seated, but getting them in there took me a few tries. The fin stack is symmetrical, so the fan can mount to either side. The side profile shows that there is plenty of room for a second fan if you want to do a push / pull configuration. However, you will need to supply your own fan clips as the RC-1205 only comes with two for the included fan.

 

 

The four nickel plated heatpipes stay within the confines of the fin stack. You can't help but notice that in these two pictures there is a fine stress crack pattern visible and looks a little like dust, but you can't feel it or wipe it away. For some reason my camera really picks this up, but in person I can tell you that the cracks are almost invisible.  Regardless, I don't know what caused the cracks, but I wanted to point out that this is certainly not the norm as I have reviewed other Reeven products and the finish was always very nice.

 

 

In this view of the heatsink with the fan removed the small cracks don't really show up. Moving right along, the nickel-plated copper base is machined flat and ready for a nice application of the included thermal paste. Don't forget to peel off the plastic cover before you apply your thermal paste.  After removing the fan, you can see how symmetrical the fin stack is. There are 50 horizontal fins that pull the heat from the copper heatpipes which are spaced to maximize the exposure to the air flow. Both sides of the fin stack pinch in toward the middle and the top cover which hides the heatpipe termination points is secured at the four corners. 

 

 

Along the bottom block are the four Ø6mm copper heatpipes. They are evenly spaced and centered in the block with a little space at both ends. Then they twist and turn upward to meet the fin stack where they ultimately transfer the heat they pick up from your CPU to the fin stack. The mounting strap is loose and it can be a little tricky to hold steady while the two screws are being installed. The top of the base is machined to accept the four tabs in the strap. This is the same type of mounting that was used on the coolers that were reviewed last year. I prefer the mounting systems that have retained screws (yes, they have spoiled me) which make the installation easier, but this method does get the job done.

 

 

The Coldwing 12 PWM fan is rated at .25 amps and can move up to 82.1 CFM of air. The rated speed is 300 to 1500 RPMs with a noise level of 4~29.8dBA. The specs for this fan are a little better than the fan used last year and it has a nice black plastic braided sheath that covers the power cable.

  

 

The rear mounting back plate is robust and looks right at home on the back of the motherboard. I have the studs in the correct locations for a socket 1150. It is a one-size-fits-all plate so it also has holes for the various other Intel and AMD socket configurations. The four studs have anti-rotate features so they won't spin later on during the installation. After the studs are in the back plate, there are four round rubber spacers that push down over the studs (one per stud) and that keeps them locked to the back plate. Just push the plate with the studs through the holes in the motherboard and you are ready to finish the assembly from the front.

 

 

Looking at the front of the motherboard, there are the four plastic spacers and the base mounting plate goes on top. This plate is secured with four nuts that are easily tightened with the supplied wrench. Pay attention to the orientation of the two threaded holes that hold the cooler to the base. This will affect which way the cooler (and fan) faces. Regarding RAM clearance, the fan slightly overhangs the first RAM slot on my MSI Z87-GD65. Tall RAM modules may cause you some problems on that first slot, but you can move the fan up a little or you can relocate the fan to the other side of the fin stack and clear out the space for the first slot. Otherwise, the Hans RC-1205 is a nice addition to show off in your case. Now it is time to hit the power button and start the thermal testing.

 




  1. Reeven Hans RC-1205: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reeven Hans RC-1205: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Reeven Hans RC-1205: Specifications & Features
  4. Reeven Hans RC-1205 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Reeven Hans RC-1205: Conclusion
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