Reeven Hans RC-1205 Reviewred454 - March 11, 2014
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Reeven Hans RC-1205 Closer Look:
The RC-1205 is a large tower cooler that comes with one 120mm PWM fan. There are 50 aluminum fins 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 heat pipes. 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-1205 is a nice looking unit.
While this review is not really a comparison between the Justice RC-1204 and the Hans RC-1205, there is one thing to mention. The fan for the RC-1205 comes disassembled from the cooler, so you have to attach it yourself - this is not a problem, but for some reason the RC-1205 does not come with the plastic clips that attach the fan to the fin stack like the RC-1204 die. If you read the RC-1204 review, you will see how much I like those little yellow plastic clips.
This cooler, the RC-1205, comes with the more common metal clip, and normally I wouldn't think much of it. But I had a mildly difficult time getting these metal clips on there. Not a show-stopper by any means, and once you get the fan attached, it is usually on there for a long time; I just wonder why Reeven doesn't use the same plastic clip method for fan attachment on this cooler. It would require the RC-1205 fin stack to have the same notches for the plastic clips that the RC-1204 has, and perhaps the plastic clips were developed after the fin tooling for the RC-1205 was already done. Regardless, I really like those plastic clips used on the Justice RC-1204. Ok, enough about the clips - let's move on...
The side profile shows that there is plenty of room for a second fan if you want to do a push / pull configuration, but you will need to supply your own fan clips as the RC-1205 only comes with two for the included fan.
The four heat pipes stay within the confines of the fin stack.
The nickel-plated copper base is machined flat and ready for a nice application of 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 fins and the copper heat pipes are spaced to maximize the exposure to the air flow.
Along the bottom block are the four 6mm copper heat pipes. They are evenly spaced and fill the block. 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, so 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.
The Coldwing 12 PWM fan is rated at .42 amps and can move up to 82.13 CFM of air. The rated speed is 500 to 1500 RPMs with a noise level of 4.3~29.8dBA.
The rear mounting plate is robust and looks right at home on the back of the motherboard. The four studs have anti-rotate features so they won't spin later on during the installation. Looking at the top of the motherboard, there are the four plastic spacers, then the base mounting plate. 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. You could relocate the fan to the other side of the fin stack and open the space for the first slot. Otherwise, the Hans RC-1205 is a nice addition to show off in your case.