The Reeven Steropes may not be for everyone, as not all users are in search of a silent yet capable cooler to replace the stock offering in an SFF build or HTPC. But that being said, there really is no reason that this cooler could not be used on any system. Our 4770K carries a stock TDB of 84W, and when overclocked, we typically see 97-100 Watts displayed in AIDA64. Since it can handle our processor at full load, we would think this cooler is capable of handling near 125W before it would allow the processor to throttle under extreme loads, which is great for a cooler so compact. That bold yellow fan makes a statement even when the aesthetically pleasing fins are no longer visible, and with how basic the installation is, it makes it very hard to screw things up.
There are some downsides, though. We do like that this cooler can be installed in any orientation, on both Intel and AMD, but with its wide-size design, it can cause issues. The Steropes has wide sides that can play up with the memory, and the front as we called it is longer, and covers more slots. We do like that the wide-size covers the power delivery system for the CPU as well, but there are boards out there with huge heat spreaders around the socket, and this cooler could cause issues, like with ours where it just cleared by the slightest of margins.
While we also liked that the installation hardware is pretty impossible to screw up, the balancing act, or leaving the heavy end of the motherboard hang over the edge of the table is a bit tricky, and with a simple slip, damage could be done. We also don't care for the fact that we have to buy a special RC-1206b for older AMD sockets. As long as you are very careful, patient, and think through the cooler's orientation, the Steropes has much more to offer than what first glances would lead us to believe.
While the Reeven Steropes is near impossible to find in the US, unless you want to pay more than double the price, we feel that when they do hit shelves at or near the $40 MSRP, they are priced very well and should have no issues selling. The Steropes is a great solution to those using larger boards in SFF or HTPC systems, but with Mini-ITX, you need to pay very close attention, as not all offer the same clearances around the socket for memory or video cards. Outside of a few personal issues, and none having to do with noise levels or performance, Reeven has delivered us a low-profile, C-style cooler that does everything it said it would do and more.
Not only can it handle just about anything at stock levels, we even were able to tame our beast and stay away from the throttle point. Like we say, the Steropes may not be for everyone, but those that do buy it and get it installed will reap benefits of low noise and a cooler more than capable for day to day needs in any system for that matter.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: Installation is a bit tricky, but for a compact design, the Reeven Steropes delivers good performance with low levels of noise, and all can be had for just $40.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Steropes RC-1206 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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