Reeven Steropes RC-1206 Reviewred454 -
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $41 to $45
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Reeven Steropes RC-1206 Introduction:
Earlier this year, I reviewd the Reeven Justice RC-1204 and the Hans RC-1205. At that time, I was unfamiliar with Reeven, but after reviewing those two coolers, I have a sense that Reeven isn't just a flash in the pan. Reeven's product line includes coolers, fans, and a nice fan controller. There is even an Extreme Cooling Cup for "Professional Extreme Overclockers" with a warning that "This is not for everybody."
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, and without going into too much detail, the Steropes RC-1206 CPU cooler is named after one of three cyclops sons of Uranus and Gaia. Steropes, Brontes, and Arges were essentially blacksmiths of the Olympian gods. It was Steropes who had the power of lightning and helped build Mount Olympus. Who knows, maybe he built the first CPU cooler?
I will be reviewing all four of the new releases and today we start with the Steropes RC-1206.
Reeven Steropes RC-1206 Closer Look:
The packaging for the Reeven Steropes RC-1206 starts off with a rather small box. All sides of the box are full of information and graphics. The top of the box shows a nice view of the top of the cooler, showcasing the low profile and socket coverage. It is clear from the picture that this is indeed a low-profile cooler.
The side panel has the general UPC data and a shot showing the side of the cooler. The front panel shows a nice angle from the bottom of the cooler and some of the features, particularly that "STEROPES is definitely your gaming gear for small form factor system, HTPC."
The other side panel shows some general dimensional information, socket coverage, and some general warnings and installation precautions. Finally, the rear panel shows the specifications in seven languages.
Opening the box, you are immediately greeted by the bright yellow fan and a small hardware box off to the side. There are two spacers integrated into the top two side flaps, which help keep things from moving around during shipment. Not much in the way of fancy packaging beyond the cardboard base that the cooler sits on, but this is a small cooler and the packaging gets the job done. Everything seems to be in good order. So out of the box we have the cooler and fan, the instruction manual, a box of installation hardware, and the cardboard base support the coolor was sitting in.
The hardware consists of mounting components for AMD and Intel installations. The thermal paste is in a clear plastic pouch rather than a syringe-style dispensing tube. One thing you may notice is missing is a back plate. Most coolers use a metal back plate that installs behind the motheboard and provides support to the cooler, but the installation method for this cooler uses no back plate. We will talk about that in more detail later on during the installation. Finally, there is a single instruction sheet consisting of easy-to-follow assembly and installation steps.