Test System Setup
To see our testing methodology, and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.
As we fired up the test system, at our stock level testing, we find the Ouranos to be no slouch when it comes to performance. This cooler is within five degrees of the best cooler on this chart, which is something Reeven can really be proud of.
While the 51.25 degree result may appear average, considering it is ten degrees better than the lowest performing cooler on the list, outside of the stock solutions, the average is a few degrees hotter in reality.
Again, the green band will appear to show an average thermal result for the overclocked segment as well, but look a bit closer. The Ouranos tested at 71.58 degrees in an average, and is just less than six degrees outside of first place.
Considering what lies ahead of the Reeven Ouranos in terms of size and cost, and the fact that this beats out three AIOs and a TEC assisted air cooler, we can really appreciate what Reeven is offering in this design.
Noise Level Results
It appears sound was not of much concern when the Ouranos was developed. In our sample, with 7.5V being supplied, we found our fan spinning at 1230 RPM, and delivering a slightly noticeable 36 dB of noise. Tolerable, but once we unleash its full potential, it can only get louder.
And boy does it get loud. 59 dB at full speed is definitely noticeable, and in long testing, usage, or gaming, it can start to overstep standard headphones without noise cancellation. We should note that with the fan set to spin freely at full speed, our sample did exceed the specification of 1700 RPM, as we saw it spinning at 1820 RPM, but it was still within the margin of error (plus or minus ten percent). Again, there is PWM control, so getting here isn't a guarantee; it is the worst case scenario.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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