Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Back in May of this year, a random email crossed the boss' desk. It happened to be from Reeven, and they were looking into the possibility of TweakTown reviewing their "top quality CPU coolers." Without any previous experience with Reeven, at this time we had not even seen the coolers, we promptly replied, and the wait began. After a couple of months of waiting, we again made contact to see if any progress had been made in sending us any samples. Since then, many other products have come and gone, but we still kept checking the inbox for some form of a delivery notice from Reeven.
Finally, after a few months of waiting, we received a package that was quite heavy. As it turned out, the heftiness of the box was due to the fact that Reeven sent along not just one cooler, but two. Reeven sent us both a single tower cooler, and a dual tower cooler, so we could get a feel for the full lineup that they are bringing forth.
With nothing to base any sort of expectations off of, all we have in the beginning of things is our initial impressions of the packaging. Here, we can say that Reeven does a great job with some unique packaging that highlights the cooler. Like any marketing should, it definitely made us want to tear open the box and see just how well this cooler would keep up with all of the more well-known brands and coolers already in our charts.
While we will get to the testing phase soon enough, we should first get a look at what Reeven is all about, and just what sort of a product they are offering in the Ouranos RC-1401 CPU cooler that we have for you now. We love it when a newer company steps up to the plate and attempts to take on the mighty titans of the industry. We like it even more when they perform admirably, and show that they are not just some fly by night operation, but rather one that is built from the ground up with intelligent people making good decisions. We all know that a newcomer to the market has some big shoes to fill, and if they can't they will soon disappear, but from what we have gathered, Reeven will be around for a long time to come.
The specifications chart provided by Reeven is decent for starters, but it does leave out a few important things. We see that the Ouranos goes by the RC-1401 naming as well, and it is designed to fit all of the currently supported AMD and Intel sockets. The Ouranos stands 161mm tall, 143mm wide, and 95mm thick with the fan installed, as the renderings at the bottom of the chart illustrates. At this time, we would also like to jump right to the weight, where it shows this cooler and its fan to be 1030 grams of materials and hardware.
What the chart doesn't tell you is that this cooler has a two piece copper base that has been milled on the bottom to a near mirror polish. It does show there are four 6mm diameter pipes used along with a pair of 8mm diameter pipes, but it does not mention they are copper, nor does it mention the pipes have been Nickel plated for aesthetic and anti-oxidation reasons, just as the base had been. Reeven does not mention the V-configuration in which the pipes pass through the aluminum fins. They also do not mention that there are fifty-five, 0.4mm thick, natural aluminum fins, or that there is a one millimeter thick, brushed aluminum top plate with the Reeven name engraved into it.
We also see that the fan that comes with the cooler is 140mm in diameter, but Reeven makes no mention of the RM1425S17B-P model name. They state this fan will run at speeds from 300 to 1700 RPM, and is capable of delivering 92.4 CFM of air flow. The static pressure rating is all sorts of confusing, and is in inches of water moved, and what does the 14cm have to do with it? As for the noise level produced, with full power supplied through the four-pin PWM connection, the noise produced is 36.4 dBA. They also do not mention that this cooler's supplied fan may have a standard black frame, but the blades on these Reeven fans are bright yellow.
While there are older Reeven designs available on this side of the pond in places like Amazon and eBay, finding anything from Reeven is a challenge to be honest. News from early this summer pointed to Reeven shipping these coolers in late June or early July. But who knows? Maybe the container is stuck in customs, but for the readers out there that will like this cooler, and there will be a lot of you, we are still playing the waiting game.
In our email correspondence with Reeven, we were given the projected pricing, but with the information we were given, we can assume the MSRP wasn't exactly set in stone yet. For the Ouranos RC-1401, we were told to expect pricing to fall in the $55 to $58 range. Right around $60 seems to be a good, average cost for air coolers; other top-tier coolers out there demand much more.
Now it's time to check out the packaging, find out everything there is to know about the Ouranos, and get it installed and tested. This way we can prove to you without a shadow of a doubt that not only has Reeven come up with a good looking and very solid feeling CPU cooler, but also that you can be the new kid on the block, and play just as hard as the well-paid first string lineup.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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