When we initially unboxed the Brontes CPU cooler, we thought we were holding yet another compact cooler which would handle the processor at stock, but would be worthless for overclocking, allowing the processor to throttle. Reeven has proven to us just how wrong our initial guess was. For such a small CPU cooler, the Brontes has impressed us.
No, these are not the best temperatures we have ever seen, but to be able to handle what we threw at the cooler, for it to be limited in noise that it put out into the environment, and for how easy it is to install, Reeven gave us many reasons to appreciate this design. For those using this cooler inside of a compact SFF chassis or for HTPC uses, the Brontes fits where many others will not, and if left to the control of the PWM circuit on the motherboard, you will likely never hear the Brontes under normal stock conditions. Reeven did hit every mark of why this cooler was designed and left more in reserve for those who just cannot stand running things at stock levels. We also liked the lack of a backplate with this design. Due to the compact nature of Mini-ITX motherboards, some important things get moved to the back of the motherboard, and with simple screws used in the Brontes, these sort of concerns were negated right out of the box.
While the height is low at 59mm, the width and depth can play up on you depending on the motherboard chosen to go under the Brontes. There was a note in the specifications chart that low-profile RAM is needed for AM1 use, but this can come up on other motherboards as well. While testing, we did manage to get the Brontes installed with the heat pipes closest to the memory to allow for a vertical installation. This way the heat pipes are not failing if they were under the cooler. With all the fancy covers that come above and to the left of the sockets these days, these too can cause complications with which way the cooler can be installed without conflict. Something to keep in mind.
If you happen to be on this side of the pond, there is only one location shown on the internet to grab the Reeven Brontes, but even so, the price we found there was acceptable. At only $38 for what we saw here today, you will be hard-pressed to find something this accommodating to SFF chassis designs, and still be able to deliver the performance we saw in our charts. The biggest thing outside of keeping our processor from throttling in any of the tests is that the noise level is not out of control to do so. Our results are worst case scenario with it being an open-air chassis that we test in, so once you are in a sealed enclosure, some of that noise will be absorbed, making this a great option for those looking for silence inside of a media PC that sits in the living room too.
While Reeven may not even have popped into your mind when it came to finding a compact yet capable cooler for SFF and HTPC systems, the Brontes RC-1001b shows that you may need to widen your horizons a bit and give this cooler a fair shake to solve your cooling needs when inside of a tightly confined chassis.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: Nearly perfect, aside from some smaller compatibility issues we saw, the Brontes is a mean little cooler! It can take on everything we dosed it with, it is near silent under PWM control, and is light on the pocket when it comes to purchasing it.
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Brontes RC-1001b 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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