Reeven RCCT-0901SP Review

damian - 2009-01-20 19:01:48 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: damian   
Reviewed on: February 5, 2009
Price: $33

Introduction:  

Venturing off into the world of overclocking can mean serious business. In addition to the latest hardware, one also needs adequate cooling. Whether someone is overclocking their processor, video card, or RAM, heat will always be a common factor that comes into play. Let’s say you want to achieve a major overclock on your processor; well you’re going to need a heatsink capable of cooling it down to a certain extent where it becomes stable and safe. Now, if you want to just slightly overclock it, considering an aftermarket cooler is still recommended as it can extend the life of your CPU and prevent unstable jitters while using your computer. With that said, there is a new company out on the block that might have the cooler for you, Reeven! Reeven is a newly formed company established in 2008 in hopes of providing the best quality products out there. To sum up how serious Reeven is, here is a quote taken from the companies website "Tools for Professionals, The professionals never compromise the quality, the performance and its beauty".

 

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Reeven cooler is quite informative with details, specifications, and pictures. The front of the package shows a picture of the Reeven RCCT cooler in all its glory showcasing its 92mm fan and H.D.C.S. (Heatpipe Direct Contact Solution) copper base. The left side of the package shows the two main features of the cooler, one picture showing the H.D.C.S. base and the other picture explaining a design called “A.A.C.S” (Adjusted Air-Channel Structure). The opposite side of the package lists the specifications of the cooler in multiple languages. You can also see a picture informing you with the dimensions of the cooler. The back of the package has pictures showing you the universal socket clips (Socket 478, Socket 775, Socket AM2/AM2+/940/939/754).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon opening the package, is a unique enclosure that protects the heatpipes from any damage. Aside from that, the package did not come with any foam to house the cooler. Under the cooler was a box filled with accessories.

 

 

Inside the box was an installation manual, thermal compound, mounting clips, and four screws.

 

Now that we have the packaging and accessories out of the way, let's take a look at the main attraction!

Closer Look:

Looking at the Reeven RCCT CPU cooler, the first thing I noticed about it was its unique design, specifically its bent fin design. This is also called The Adjusted Air-Channel Structure design. The way it works is actually quite simple. As the fan intakes cold air, it passes along the three copper heatpipes and then forces any hot air, guiding it to the back of the cooler eventually escaping via the bent fins. In total there are 39 fins and inbetween are three copper heatpipes that meet at the base of the cooler. Installing the fan was also a piece of cake. Like other coolers out there, you simply need to hook the pins onto the fans edges, while the pins are neatly stored inbetween the cooler's fins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reeven RCCT CPU cooler uses a special solution called "Heatpipe Direct Contact Solution". What this does, is that it allows the three copper heatpipes to come into contact with the IHS of the processor to rid the heat in a more efficient manner.

 

The fan itself looks really sleek. It’s a 92mm fan rated at 12V and comes with a four-pin connector. Two of the wires are used to power the fan - one for monitoring the fan speed, while the fourth wire is used as the fan controller so the motherboard of your choice can modulate the fan speed to maintain a set speed or CPU temperature. (While reviewing this cooler I used Speedfan 4.35 to test how loud the fan was at full speed). The maximum noise level is 31.07dBA. The blades are somewhat thick and are meant to increase the surface area for cooling.

 

 

The cooler is really compact and there was plenty of space between it and the memory slots. This of course will differ. All in all, installation was quick and easy. 

 

With the inspection out of the way, I’m eager to see how well this cooler will perform.

Specifications:

Model Number
RCCT-0901SP
Model Number

All IntelR Socket 478 CPU   All IntelR LGA 775 CPU   All AMD Socket AM2+/AM2/940/939/754 CPU

Dimension
H136.3x 96 x 67.5 mm
Heatsink Material
Aluminum Fins (39 Fins) Heatpipe Copper Pipe 6 mm x 3
Fan Dimension
92x92x25 mm
Fan Speed
0~2500RPM
Max. Air Flow
0~55.55CFM
Noise
0.00~31.07dBA
Weight
335g (Heatsink Only)

 

Features:

 

 

All information courtesy of Reeven@http://www.reeven.com/RCCT0901SP.htm

 

 

Testing:

To properly test the Reeven RCCT-0901SP CPU cooler, I will record the temperatures of the processor during its idle period (little to no CPU usage) and at load (100% CPU usage). I will run the computer for 30 minutes without any stress before I gather the maximum idle temperatures. To gather load temperatures I will use Prime95 V25.8 (Small FFt’s) and have it run it for 30 minutes to gather the maximum load temperature. I will use Real Temp 2.70 to monitor the maximum idle and load temperatures of the processors cores. For stock testing, the CPU will run at its default clock speeds (2.53GHz) and default voltages. For the Overclocked tests, I will use a multiplier of “x8” and a front side bus of 400 to give me 3.2GHz, while the Vcore used will be 1.34V. All temperatures will be taken in degrees Celsius.

 

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

 

 

 

 

Wow! This cooler performed superbly. For such a compact cooler, it held its own against the massive Xigmatek cooler.

Conclusion:

The Reeven RCCT-0901SP turned out to become a personal favorite of mine. The overall size of the heatsink including the fan, is not as enormous or wide as other coolers that are out on the market. It provides great cooling with the help of the three copper heatpipes, that come into direct contact with the processor, proving to be a very efficient design. The Adjusted Air Channel Structure design also proved to be a simple yet efficient manner of dissipating heat. The overall size of the cooler was also a plus. For the performance it offers and at this size, it's great for mainstream users, as well as entry-level users, for large and small cases alike. As for any problems, I didn’t find anything faulty with the cooler that I could point out and blame. It’s a simple cooler that performs well. As for something along the lines of annoyances, the fan moved a great amount of air, but was somewhat loud when functioning at 100% speed.

Overall, this cooler performed well at idle and load, both at stock settings, and Overclocked. It’s a fantastic cooler and great for people interested in overclocking their processors to a stable frequency, while trying to maintain lower temperatures than the stock cooling is capable of.

 

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