Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
With our recent introduction to Reeven, not only did we see some very nice coolers, but we were also sent their revised fan controller. We say "revised" only do to the fact that a couple of years ago, there was a previous version of this fan controller released. Sadly, we were not privy to any samples from Reeven then, and to be honest, they weren't even on our radar at that point. After seeing their CPU coolers, we found that Reeven has an eye for detail in their products, and from what we have seen so far, performance is also on the minds of the designers at Reeven as well. Hopefully, what we have seen thus far encompasses all of their products, and the trend of quality continues as we take a close look at their latest version of their Six Eyes II fan controller.
While we did not see the original Six Eyes fan controller first hand, it is not hard to search for other reviews and gage what the product was all about. What we have found in our searching is that the original design pretty much carries over directly as far as aesthetics are concerned. There are still six channels, six LCD screens, thermal readings, fan speed readings, and even the option for a multi color display. All of the things that made the original so desirable are continued in the newest design. This isn't to say that the entire product is just an old renamed product; we are just considering its outward appearance and basic feature set.
Today, as we look at the RFC-02, or to the rest of the world, the Reeven Six Eyes II, things may look very familiar, but under the hood is a completely different story. This time around, there is a more involved layout of components that allow for this latest sample to equal the better known rivals in fan controllers out there. While there is quite a bit to wrap your mind around with this fan controller from Reeven, if you do happen to be in the market for one, this Reeven Six Eyes II is worth a look, and it's definitely worth your time to browse the rest of this review.
The specifications offered by Reeven for the Six Eyes II are pretty slim, but we are given some valid information. Since the original is the RFC-01, it only makes sense that the second Reeven Fan Controller be called the RFC-02. We see that they list dimensions for this controller at 148mm of width, 42mm of height, and 100mm deep, but all you really need to know here is that this is a 5.25" bay fan controller that will fit any chassis that offers this bay.
This controller is powered by five and twelve volts of DC current, and by this, they mean that the Molex power connection draws from both the 5V and 12V leads simultaneously. The stated output of each channel is 3.7V at the low-end of the dial, and 12V at the high-end (minus just a bit due to resistance). The next line is what makes this a very nice offering in fan controllers. With a 2.5A rating per channel, at 12V of power drawn, that figures out to thirty watts on each of the six channels.
The last few lines explain the LCD readings, and state that the RFC-02 can display temperatures from zero to ninety-nine degrees Celsius, and for RPM readings, it is capable of displaying from zero to 9,990. We also see that this unit weighs in at 240 grams, but in a case build, this weight is really of very little issue.
What the chart does not explain are things like the seven colors to display the LCDs in, all controlled by dip switches. It also does not address the thermal alarm it has, again with varying levels to set it to via dip switches. It does not state that for the most part, this Six Eyes II is flat across the face, outside of the six small inset screens.
Reeven also does not address that in order to use this controller; you actually have to press on the control knobs to allow the spring to slowly push them out to access control. Once out, you can set each channel to the desired level of power, and when done, press the button back into the controller to regain that sleek look. Another thing Reeven left out that is not typically seen in fan controllers, and that is that every power lead (through all of the fan extension cables, and even the thermal probe leads), is covered in black braid with heat shrink at both ends to help the controller blend into the build too.
In our emails back and forth, we were informed that once these controllers started to hit the market on this side of the pond, we should expect to see pricing in the $46-49 range. While we did have to hunt to find one from a reputable e-tailer, and not a random listing on eBay, we were able to find one location showing stock. We located the Reeven Six Eyes II at FrozenCPU.com with a price of $49.99. Looking to get one to our door, we also found that the cheapest we could get the cooler shipped was another $8 on top of that. At the moment, that puts the Reeven Six Eyes II, 30W per channel fan controller in the range of $60 to obtain, but even so, Reeven packs it so full of features that you will find yourself wanting one, even if you had no previous plans to buy any fan controller.
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