First, let us set everything on the square and level, so there are not any questions later on the topic. We did in fact have issues with the width of the heat pipes; more specifically, how far they spread across the cooler. This caused a conflict with the plastic armor above the socket, and we needed quite a bit more room to get the base anywhere near centered to attempt to mount vertically. Most users will not run into this issue unless you happen to have very tall heat sinks covering the power delivery system on your motherboard.
We also had the fans installed in our images just for show purposes; when it came to testing, we had the fans blowing at the video card, as not to introduce its heat into our sample during testing. Also, since we test in many orientations, initial installation is not so much of an issue, as we can revolve the chassis to get the fans and cooler oriented properly for the best functionality.
With that out of the way, we have very little negatives to discuss. The coolers fin stacks will indeed clear the memory slots, but with tall memory, even a 120mm fan on the front may come in conflict. If you planned to hang another 140mm on the back, let us persuade you to choose a 120mm instead to encounter fewer issues with memory on a quad channel motherboard.
On the flip side of that coin, there is a lot to like about the Okeanos. It does take up a fair bit of real estate, but it looks really nice with the sleek and stylish top plates on the towers. While it may take some time to get the cooler securely mounted, the performance we saw makes it all worth it. While it doesn't take over the top slot, being number two in air coolers is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, considering everyone else has had much more time in development to get where they are than Reeven has, the Okeanos proves that Reeven knows exactly what customers want, and is fully able to deliver it.
We really like that even while using two sizes of fans to offer some clearance where it is needed, there isn't a drastic offset in their performance. With everything being very close in CFM, pressure, and noise, the only thing that really changes is that the 120mm fan has to spin a few hundred RPM faster to keep up with the 140mm fan.
We also noticed that most of the other dual-tower designs were able to offer their results while keeping sound levels to a much more acceptable limit. However, we all know that when you find a great deal, there is usually a reason why it is such a great deal. Not that it is a crutch in our opinion, but if you want silence, it will cost you a bit more to get that.
While we really do wish that these coolers were already on the shelves, and ready to be plucked when everyone sees this review and the desire is strongest, we are still waiting with no real anticipated date of arrival. However, in all honestly, the Okeanos may very well be worth the wait. The NH-D15 is still the reigning champ, but for $20 in savings, if silence is not mandatory, Reeven has a boldly colored, very attractive dual-tower CPU cooler in their Okeanos. In our opinion, the Okeanos is a great deal to be had, and once they arrive somewhere, we can, and probably will buy them.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||96%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Reeven tried its hand at dual-tower air cooling and wins silver! With only the legendary D15 in front of it, the Okeanos saves you a fair bit of an investment for very similar results - just keep in mind this is not a silent as all the others.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 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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