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Reeven Justice RC-1204 Conclusion:

Last year I reviewed the Reeven Justice RC-1204 and it appears that we now have a refreshed version under the same name and model number. Other than the nickel plated heat pipes and a more efficient fan, it is essentially the same cooler - and that is just fine since the "old" cooler performed well. The old version had exposed copper heat pipes. On the Reeven website, there is still a copper heat pipe version of the smaller Hans RC-1205, which is the RC-1205(n), but Reeven seems to have completely replaced the copper version of the RC-1204 with the new nickel plated version.

Installation of the Justice RC-1204 is fairly standard, with no issues. The center mounting strap that secures the cooler to the base is loose, meaning it is not retained 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 installing the cooler, but I often do my cooler installs in my test system with the case upright, and in that situation gravity is not your friend. So with a vertical install, holding the mounting strap in place while you get the screws started can be a little tricky. But one thing that I really like is that the plastic fan mounting clips are carried over from last year and this is a huge plus. From a safety standpoint, if one of these plastic clips should fall off onto your motherboard or the back of your graphics card, you probably wouldn't even notice. Do that with a metal fan clip while your system is running and you may be in the market for some new hardware. If I had my way, I would make plastic fan clips a standard for all coolers.

Another factor to consider is RAM clearance. The fin stack of the RC-1204 is beefy and the fan may overhang the first two RAM slots, so if your RAM is topped off with tall heat spreaders you will likely have some problems if you populate all the DIMM slots. It is always a good idea to verify your RAM compatibility ahead of time. But you do have the option of mounting the fan on the other side of the cooler so it will be pulling air through the cooler rather than pushing it through.

Now let's talk about performance. It does not matter how nice a cooler looks if it can't tackle the heat. You need the combination of a properly sized heat sink and an efficient, capable fan. The Justice RC-1204 works well with the thermal load of normal daily use. The stock performance is just fine. The Justice RC-1204 can also handle the heat that accompanies overclocking and it keeps the temps under control. 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. List price is a very reasonable $54, but you may have to go to Europe to find one.

The Reeven Justice RC-1204 is an air cooling solution that looks good and can handle the heat. Great performance at a reasonable price adds up to a cooler worth considering.

 

Pros:

  • Amazing fan clip design
  • Silent
  • Clean, attractive design
  • Clips included to add a second fan
  • Smooth installation
  • AMD & Intel socket compatibility
  • Yellow fan - if you like yellow

Cons:

  • Memory clearance can be a problem
  • Hard to find in the U.S.
  • Yellow fan - if you don't care for yellow
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  1. Reeven Justice RC-1204: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reeven Justice RC-1204: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Reeven Justice RC-1204: Specifications & Features
  4. Reeven Justice RC-1204 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Reeven Justice RC-1204: Conclusion
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