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Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 5, 2014 9:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Reeven

Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler




Fresh out of the box, it is easy to see that all fifty-five of the fins are pretty straight and level; this is accomplished with the tiny little supports found around the pipes. At the top is a much thicker plate that caps off the tower. Moving down to the bottom, we see the heat pipes making gentle curves as they enter at three points on each side.




This thick, copper block holds the pipes in place. The copper block has been milled with a wide groove, and a couple of raised sections for the cross bar and locking tabs that secure this cooler to the motherboard.




Looking at the profile of this cooler, we find that the cooler is designed with an offset, as many coolers with similar piping structures often are. This moves the cooler and the fan away from the memory, which would be off to the left side of the cooler when installed.




Looking at the back of the Ouranos' fin stack, we have laid the cooler down to show off the inset design of the fins. This allows the fan to build a bit more momentum before it enters the cooler, to help raise efficiency.




As we gander down the side of the cooler, we can easily see the grooves near the edges that are used to hold the fan clips. We also see that this is an open design, with no tabs supporting it here either.




Rather than having a top fin and exposing the pipe tips, Reeven made the call to add a one millimeter thick, brushed aluminum top plate, with nickel-plated fasteners. Reeven also took the time to set the name dead center, and add a few more cuts to add a bit of style.




We had to get an image of the pipes and their orientation into the fins. Here you can plainly see the thicker 8mm pipes in the middle, with a pair of 6mm pipes on either side. Rather than wasting this with HDT, they chose to use a copper base plate to evenly distribute the load.




After the milling process took the base to a slightly convex shape, it was refined to a very smooth finish. Then the copper was plated with nickel to keep certain paste from damaging the copper, and to prevent oxidation.




Just for the sake of seeing how well the 140mm fan looks on the cooler, and how much of the fin area it covers, we quickly installed it on the Ouranos. Of course, it can be placed much lower, but this shows better, allows us to see how much more fan there is than fin stack in this design.




We did lower it for the profile shot. Be mindful of the offset when installing the cooler, as reversing its orientation will really cramp the memory. Also, we found the fan clips easily poke into the fan holes, and pop right into the sides of the fin stack.

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