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Reeven Justice RC-1204 Review


Reeven Justice RC-1204 Closer Look:

The RC-1204 is a large, single tower cooler that comes with a single 120mm PWM fan installed. There are 53 aluminum fins within the fin stack and they are capped off with a decorative top plate that has the REEVEN logo stamped neatly through 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 oblong holes (one on each side of the logo) 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. We will talk more about those little clips later.



The six heat pipes bulge out a little past the sides of the fin stack so that they can make the final bend before mating up with the nickel-plated copper base. This keeps the overall height of the fin stack under control. Don't forget to peel the plastic cover off of the base so you can apply your thermal paste.



The nickel-plated copper base is machined flat on the contact face and it is ready for a nice application of thermal paste. The six heat pipes take up all the space in the base in order to maximize the heat transferred from the CPU to the heat sink. Tiny machine marks are barely visible on the base and while some may argue that a mirror finish is best, I have not really noticed that a mirror finish makes much difference in thermal testing. The heat pipes pass through the base and are soldered into position, which ensures good thermal transfer from the base to each pipe.



Looking down at the top of the cooler, you get a feel for just how thick it is.  The wide aluminum fins each have a lot of surface area for heat removal and that is what it is all about. Manufacturers face the challenge of packing as many fins and heat pipes as possible into the available space above the CPU and, of course, still fit in most cases. Reeven does a nice job with the decorative top cover plate and the symetrical fin stack can be flipped around so the logo faces the opposite direction.


After removing the fan you can clearly see the symmetrical fin stack. There are 53 fins, plus the top cover, and the nickel plated copper heat pipes are spaced to maximize the exposure to the air flow. Notice in the front view how the heat pipes are evenly dispersed through the fin stack, which maximizes the exposure to the airflow and puts all that surface area to good use.



The heat pipes and fin stack are only part of the cooling equation - the final piece is the fan. The Coldwing 12 PWM fan supplied with the Justice has some improved specs from last year, and it is rated at 0.25 amps and can move up to 82.1 CFM of air. The speed is 300 to 1500 RPMs with a noise level of 4.0~29.8dBA. The yellow fan clips really stick out visually and do a perfect job of securing the fan to the heat sink. For me, the fan clips are 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 you find on most coolers. You think they are locked in and sometimes they aren't, and you don't want a loose piece of metal falling on your motherboard 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. As for the yellow fan, color can often make or break the purchasing decision, so if you like yellow, then you are all set. If not, well, you may be looking for a different fan.



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.



In the RAM clearance department, 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 easily relocate the fan to the other side of the fin stack (pulling air instead of pushing) and open up the space for better access to the first two slots. This is where the plastic clips really shine - they are easy to detach from the cooler, so fan removal and RAM access are much more convenient. The Reeven Justice RC-1204 does look nice and you do have the option of adding a second fan if you like. Now it is time for some thermal testing.


  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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