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Reeven Hans RC-1205 Conclusion:

Last year I reviewed the Reeven Hans RC-1205 and it appears that we now have a refreshed version under the same name and model number. Other than the nickel plated heatpipes and a more efficient fan, it is essentially the same cooler - and that is just fine since the "old" cooler worked well. The old version still exists under the part number RC-1205(n), so if you prefer the look of exposed copper heatpipes you are in luck.

Installation of the Hans RC-1205 is fairly easy with no surprises. The center mounting strap that secures the cooler to the base is loose; meaning it is not attached to the base like you find with many of the Noctua coolers. If you can lay your case / motherboard flat, then you won't really have any problems mounting the cooler to the base, but I often do my cooler installs in my test system with the case upright, and in that situation gravity is not my friend.  I didn't particularly care for the metal fan clips and I had the same issue in the review last year. I had to fool with them a fair amount to get them into the grooves on the fin stack. Usually once the fan is mounted to the cooler it stays there, so it is not a big deal. I didn't list it as a con last year, but since I had the same issue with the clips - it now makes the con list. Too bad, as I believe this would be an easy fix.

The fin stack is fairly narrow, but there is a little overhang on that first RAM slot, so if your RAM is not topped off with tall heat spreaders you will likely be able to populate all the DIMM slots. However, RAM with tall heat spreaders may prove to be a problem on the first slot, so you will want to verify your RAM compatibility ahead of time. You do have a little room to move the fan up if necessary.

Finally, let's talk about performance. It does not matter how nice a cooler looks if it can't remove the heat. You need the combination of a properly sized heat sink and an efficient, capable fan. The Hans RC-1205 works well with the thermal load of normal daily use. The stock performance is just fine. The Hans RC-1205 also handles the demands of overclocked heat removal and keeps the temps under control while the fan noise is pretty much nonexistent - especially when the case fans spool up.  If you are looking for this cooler in the U.S., it is somewhat difficult to find. In fact, I could not find it on Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect, NCIX, or MicroCenter. I could only find it on a German website for 29.95 Euros, which translates to roughly $32, which is a reasonable price, but then there is, of course, shipping from Germany. Anyone up for a European vacation?

The Reeven Hans RC-1205 is an air cooling solution that looks good and can handle the heat. Good performance at a reasonable price adds up to a cooler worth considering.

 

Pros:

  • Silent
  • Clean, attractive design
  • Good performance
  • AMD & Intel socket compatibility

 

Cons:

  • Memory clearance can be a problem on the first slot
  • Fan clips are a little difficult to attach
  • Difficult to find in the U.S.
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  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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