REEVEN BRONTES RC-1001b CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

REEVEN BRONTES RC-1001b CPU Cooler Review

Looking to cool your Intel or AMD CPU inside the confined space of a SFF chassis? REEVEN's BRONTES CPU cooler might well be for you.

| Dec 21, 2016 at 10:50 am CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: REEVEN

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


Reeven may not be the biggest name in manufacturers, and they may not be a company that pops into your head when it comes to companies to shop for CPU air cooler either, but this should change. While this company may not be on the cusp of engineering a head turning design to change what we know of cooling a CPU, the designs they have produced have been top notch. There is a feel to their coolers that eases your mind, knowing it is not a flimsy lackluster product, and like Noctua did, Reeven also sticks to a color theme, although black and yellow is much more appealing to the masses. What impresses us most about Reeven though, is that with every cooler we have seen, build quality, the silence of operation, and a knack for being able to surprise us with their results are all things that come to mind when we think back to what Reeven is all about.

Reeven has made single tower coolers, they have even made dual tower coolers, and while impressive in their abilities, it is always the C-style coolers that seem to shock us the most. The idea with many C-style coolers is delivering a compact cooler, adding airflow to the motherboard and its power components, but the main usages for such coolers come in the Mini-ITX and SFF chassis realm, where many of the top-selling coolers out there just won't fit. The reality of this market though is that many coolers, while fine for use with a CPU at stock levels, once the user tries to overclock their system, many of these coolers falter in their ability to handle the heat produced. Reeven is one company which is building smaller cooler to suit the main criteria, yet at the same time, can also manage the workload from those who tend to like to get free performance inside of tiny spaces.

The Reeven Brontes is just such a cooler, where everything we could throw at this CPU cooler was taken in stride. The RC-1001b or the Brontes cooler is ultra-compact, it is near silent no matter how you want to run the fan, and is designed to fit any motherboard inside of cases where height is a major concern in the build. While not the first of its kind to be tested here at TweakTown, Reeven is raising the bar in what we should expect in this style of a cooler and can deliver the Brontes with the ability to pass all of our testing handily and leaves us in awe all at the same time. If you are in the market for a cooler that takes slightly more room than the stock cooling options, is solid and impressive, and where clearance is a major issue, you need to take a long hard look at the Reeven Brontes, as it is likely the cooler you are looking for.

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The chart provided by Reeven shows us that there are two variations of this cooler. There is the RC-1001, and the RC-1001b, which the latter is the one which supports AM1 sockets. The compatibility across both CPU makers is outstanding, and even covers many sockets which have been long since put in the EOL category. Of course, as shown at the end of the AMD listings, if using an AM1 socket processor, you do need to be sure you grab the RC-1001b. Likely the best part about this cooler is that it is 105mm wide, 114 deep, and only 59mm in height. We also get a weight measurement for this Brontes near the bottom of the chart, where we find it is only 325 grams.

There is no mention of the construction or materials used in it, though. This is a C-style cooler which uses a support system to be sure that the cooler never bends, this is where a lot of others have failed. There are 44 fins in this design, all of them half a millimeter thick, using a one-millimeter thick cover plate on one end, and these are made of aluminum. There is a mention of the four 6mm diameter heat pipes used, but they do not say that they are made of copper, nor a mention of the base being made of copper as well. The last thing to say that was not covered is that to dress up the Brontes a bit; all copper surfaces have been nickel plated, which also helps to fight oxidation.

To cool this compact air cooler, Reeven opts for a 100mm fan sporting a black frame and yellow blades, but this fan is only 12mm in thickness. The RM-1012S22B-P fan can spin in a range of 650 to 2200 RPM, delivering a maximum airflow of 30.39 CFM. With the limited amount of air flow, we also see that the static pressure is rated in inches of water. Doing the math, this fan pushes 1.4732 mmH20 - which is good for a fan of this size. Noise level is shown to be higher than most with a factory rating of 31.67 dB(A), but as you will soon see in our results, this rating is highly exaggerated.

On this side of the pond, availability is low, as only one retailer comes up in our searches. Funny enough, it is not Amazon, which seems to have everything else you may need, just not this CPU cooler. Where we did find the Brontes was at Newegg. They do not specify if this is the RC-1001 or the RC-1001b, it took us looking at their images and looking at the mounting hardware to say that this is the RC-1001b being sold there. The best thing about the Reeven Brontes, while hard to find, is that its $38 list price is something that anyone can handle.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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