There is no doubt that at the beginning of this review we were sort of harsh to Reeven and the Justice CPU cooler with us having the Pure Rock and SE 214X so fresh in our minds. Of course, there are a select few things of each that sort of offer them an advantage to a lot of users, the Justice RC-1204 is in a league above them.
Stylistically, you get a really nice cooler to look at once it is installed, and if you don't mind being bold, or already have a yellow trimmed motherboard, Reeven definitely has the right cooler for you. While we have seen coolers that may be slightly less audibly intrusive, the Justice offers a sweet mix of performance, style, and cost.
The fan clips on this, while so simple in their design, are some of the most solid, well thought out, and easiest to use designs made on the market. If you are one of those who has a pile-o-fans lying around and is always trying them out on the cooler, only the NIC C5 cooler offers an easier attachment method when it comes to fans. Speaking of the fan, this does lead us to the only issue we did see in this design. Since the cooler is so squat in its design, there is little room to shift the tower away from the memory.
While they do offer clearance to use naked or lower height sticks with heatspreaders, there are a lot of other coolers now that afford room for any and every stick on the plant, so that is something to keep in mind when selecting this cooler. Otherwise, from its prefect condition out of the box, all the way through the installation, use, and lack of serious noise coming from this cooler, we find it to be well done and thought out, near perfect.
In saying near perfect, there is a lot that comes into play for that to be said. There is no way that you can complain about the performance, you could, but you have to take it into perspective. Keep in mind there is only five degrees between this and a very pricy AIO. Since most users will use the PWM functionality this fan offers, it is rare that you will get to the level that we reached, but even in the hottest of sessions using the PC, you will have to pay attention to pick up on this cooler inside of a chassis, as 38dB is not that loud at all.
Once you have your mind wrapped around all of that, it mostly comes down to the all mighty dollar. To obtain better performance than what we find with the Justice RC-1204, you have to spend at least $20 more for a degree, and some triple the $54 MSRP that Reeven has set for this cooler to take the top of the chart. We would simply opt for the second fan, boost the efficiency a degree or two, and enjoy the Justice in all its yellow and aluminum glory.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||91%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: You do have to peel back all of the layers to see the Justice RC-1204 in the proper light, but once it is visible, stand back! This cooler offers top tier performance, it is quieter than most, it looks good, and doesn't cost near what others in its league do. What's not to like?
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Justice RC-1204 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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