Reeven Justice RC-1204 Reviewred454 - March 6, 2014
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Reeven Justice RC-1204 Closer Look:
The RC-1204 is a large tower cooler that comes with one 120mm PWM fan installed. There are 53 aluminum fins capped off with a decorative top plate that has 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. There are two holes that travel down through the fin stack that allow access to the mounting screws that secure the cooler to the base. From any angle, the RC-1204 is a nice looking unit. The fan clips to the fin stack and is easily removable.
The six heat pipes bulge out a little past the sides of the fin stack. Don't forget to peel off the plastic cover so you can apply your thermal paste.
The nickel-plated copper base is machined flat and ready for a nice application of thermal paste.
For me, this is the one of the nicest features of the RC-1204. These yellow plastic clips attach at the four corners of the fan. They pop into the mounting holes on the fan frame, and then clip to the edge of the fin stack. Very fast, secure, and convenient. I really don't like fooling with the metal fan clips that are so common. You think they are locked in and sometimes they aren't, and you don't want a loose piece of metal falling on you mother board or the backside of your graphics card! The RC-1204 comes with an extra set of four clips if you want to add a second fan.
After removing the fan you can see how symmetrical the fin stack is. There are 53 fins and the copper heat pipes are spaced to maximize the exposure to the air flow.
Along the bottom block are the six 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 four tabs on 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 does overhang the first two RAM slots on my MSI Z87-GD65. Tall RAM modules will likely cause you some problems. You could relocate the fan to the other side of the fin stack and open the space for the first two slots. Otherwise, the Justice RC-1204 is a nice addition to show off in your case.