Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 Reviewred454 -
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $55 to $58
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Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 Introduction:
Here at OCC we have had a chance to look at two of the latest from Reeven - the Steropes and the Brontes. Both of them are small horizontal style single fan coolers targeted at small form factor or HTPC systems - systems that are short on space and need the clearance afforded by a small, compact cooler. There are two more coolers in this latest release by Reeven: the Ouranos and the Okeanos. Both are much larger, tower style coolers that find themselves more at home in larger builds that need the heat removal capacity that only larger coolers can deliver.
If you think that these names are a bit odd, here is a snippet from the last review that explains the names from the latest series from Reeven: If you have a general understanding of Greek and Roman mythology, then the names of the latest Reeven coolers may make some sense. Steropes, Brontes, Okeanos, and Ouranos fill out the list of new coolers from Reeven. Without going into too much detail, the Ouranos RC-1401 CPU cooler is named for the primeval god of the sky, Ouranos. Ouranos (aka Uranus) and Gaia (the earth) had 12 children together, which includes the three cyclops sons known as Steropes, Brontes, and Arges. The three were essentially blacksmiths of the Olympian gods. You weren't expecting a history lesson at OCC, were you?
Today we have the Ouranos, and the Okeanos will be covered in a separate review. The Ouranos RC-1401 is a medium-sized single tower-style cooler targeted at larger builds that need the some extra heat killing capacity. As we have seen with the Steropes and the Brontes, there are some size vs. capacity trade-offs with small coolers, but the Ouranos is much larger and I expect to see some decent results when the heat is turned up.
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 Closer Look:
The packaging for the Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 starts off with a nice 3/4 view of the cooler on the front panel. The large 140mm yellow fan stands out against the greenish background and the text at the bottom spells out the Core i3, i5, and i7 coverage as well as being Haswell ready. All sides of the box are full of information and graphics, so let's spin the box around and see what we find.
The left side panel has another nice shot of the overall cooler, this time, from a lower angle. You can really see the fin stack density in this view. At the top there are three small graphics showing that the cooler is capable of using two fans (one is included), the Unique Embossed Fin Design, and finally the combination of 6mm and 8mm heat pipes. Two different size heat pipes? This could be interesting... And at the bottom there is a list of the socket coverage.
On the right side panel, there are some graphics showing a few general dimensions, and at the bottom there is a list of cautions in English and Japanese. The top of the box has a list of features including the 140mm PWM fan, the option to use a second fan, the nickel plated heat pipes, and the SSA (Speed Switch Adapter), which is for fan speed adjustment. On the rear panel, there is a list of the specifications in seven languages.
When you open the box, the first thing you see is the hardware box that sits on top of the cooler. After you get that out of the way, you can see the cooler off to the side. The fan is packed separate from the cooler and each is separated by a cardboard sleeve to keep the fan from rubbing against the fin stack during shipment.
There is a cardboard nest that cradles the bottom of the cooler and keeps it from moving around in the box. The hardware consists of mounting components for AMD and Intel installations, two sets of fan clips (one for the included fan and one for an optional fan), and a fan speed reducer. The thermal paste is in a clear plastic pouch rather than a syringe-style dispensing tube. There is a painted steel back plate that installs behind the motherboard and provides support to the cooler. Finally, there is a single two-sided instruction sheet consisting of easy-to-follow assembly and installation steps.