Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Reeven is a company that has definitely made a name for itself in the last year or so when it comes to PC cooling. Taking what could have been a very boring CPU cooler design, much like we see from many other companies out there, Reeven takes the extra steps to dress things up with brushed aluminum top fins so that the view of the cooler is much nicer on the eyes. They have also chosen the path of using a distinct fan color combination to also set them apart, and it was decided that black frames with bright yellow blades on their fans was the way to go about it, making their products stand out amongst many others vying for sales in the ever overcrowded CPU air cooling market.
This time around, we are looking into two new segments of cooling that Reeven has jumped into. The first of which is that rather than a single or dual tower design, this time around we are looking at a C-style cooler configuration. The second class of coolers that this moves into is low-profile cooling as well, making this a very valid solution to HTPC users, anyone building in a SFF chassis, or for anyone who is not in the market for a monstrous tower cooler. Knowing what we do from the previous trio of coolers we have already tested from Reeven, we also know that silence in operation is all part of their game when making coolers, so we suspect this cooler will follow suit in that trend as well, making any user very appreciative of the lack of noise needed to keep the CPU cool.
Today, we bring you the Steropes from Reeven. This is a sleek compact cooler with eye catching appeal just like the rest of the Reeven family of coolers. While we do tend to test more extreme coolers, we will show no mercy on this cooler just because it is small and compact. Even though the Steropes is designed to be used as we described above, we always like to see if it can indeed be used across the board on any processor (within reason), and with no TDP rating shown on site or on the packaging, we feel it is our job to see just how far we can push this Steropes, and hopefully it can handle what our test rig will put it through.
This specifications chart can be found on site, and the first thing we noticed is that there are two variations of this cooler. Both are named the Reeven Steropes, but we are testing the RC-1206, and we can see that there is an RC-1206b that will fit AMD AM1 socket processors, while our sample will not. The Steropes RC-1206 that we do have covers LGA775, 115x, and 1366, but there is no mention of LGA2011 compatibility. As for the AMD users out there, this cooler will fit anything they make after and including AM2 sockets. As for the materials, which also are not listed, we find a copper base and five 6mm diameter heat pipes, both of which are nickel plated after they are assembled together. Along with an aluminum pre-cooler under the fins, Reeven has also taken three of the five heat pipes, and bent them back into the fins to help this compact design along. Under the included fan, there are 72 aluminum fins, not including the thicker brushed aluminum fins on either end of them.
This is all accomplished within a cooler that is 125mm wide, 129mm deep, and stands only 60mm in height, weighing in at only 470 grams. The fan that cools this assembly is 120mm square, but to help keep height short, it is only 12mm thick. Even so, this fan can spin up to 2000 RPM, and while at that speed it can deliver 45.47CFM and 0.053 inch H2O of static pressure. Lastly, we see that this fan is rated at 33.67 dBA, and it seems like a very overrated sound level, but testing will sort all that out. As to the renderings at the bottom, they will help you associate the measurements to the design of the cooler as well as giving you a good idea of what the Steropes looks like.
While Reeven is starting to show up more and more when looking to shop for their coolers on this side of the pond, the Steropes had only one hit we could locate. This would be from an eBay listing, where the seller is plainly out of his mind asking $98.88 for this cooler. Even if it is the only one listed on this side of the globe, we were given its MSRP. We were told, that when and if this cooler hits the US market, we should expect to be seeing pricing at or near $40. That is a huge difference. Although stock is very limited to a lot of our readers, we do feel that the pricing is on point, and for what the Reeven Steropes is capable of doing in our testing, it won't take you long to agree.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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