The problem we have at the end of all of this isn't so much that the Reeven Justice II does the job as it is intended to do, and kept us comfortably away from throttling, it has to do with the competition. There is a slew of options at this price point or below, many we have tested recently, can deliver what Reeven offers to a point. We have coolers scattered all through the charts, many from Scythe, the aging NiC C5, even the one-offs like the NEOllusion, Core Frozr L, XTC700, even the Enermax AXE coolers are better. Some may have more noise associated with them, some may have lights, but many are as stylish, and all of them will not break the bank. This is the bit that has us in a bit of a quandary as to what path we take.
For what it is on a basic level, the components are what we tend to see in other coolers, no major kinks in the heat pipes, a fair amount of aluminum fins, maybe not the best choice for a fan, but the mounting hardware is some of the best and easiest to work with, in the market. Hardware is not the thing that will carry the Justice II to a victory, though. While we feel like this has turned into a bash session about Reeven, the bottom line is that they delivered something average, at an average price, with average performance level, with an ordinary aesthetic appeal. It is not that the cooler is terrible in any way, as we found nothing to be dysfunctional or damaged in any way, quite the opposite. It is just that usually there is that extra "something" that we can carry away a product on a positive note.
We appreciate quiet cooler, we appreciate coolers that blend in with many systems, and we love it when mounting is not some over-complicated exercise in anger management, and Reeven offers all of that! They deliver a good user experience with the fact that five minutes from opening the box, the cooler can be installed, and you can be installing the motherboard screws and making the appropriate connections! There is full access to everything around the Justice II, including RAM, motherboard screws, 8-pin EPS power, and even the top PCI-e slot. These are all great things to have in a cooler, and we just wish that Reeven would have opted to not leave that three to four degrees of performance for us to have to find, as it would have shown them in a much better, and much more competitive light for your hard-earned dollar.
The Reeven Justice II will take on what you want to throw at it, and with a fan swap, this thing could be a beast rather than a sleeper with adverse reaction time. At $49.99, we do not feel that opting for the Reeven Justice II is a bad call to make; we just think that for the price, there are better options out there, and Scythe is currently killing it on a feature to feature basis. If it were us, we might keep this around as a secondary cooler that is simple to use in such a manner. Still, for our daily gamer or productivity rigs, we would likely go with the better performing options with similar noise levels.
Last updated: Jan 18, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
While the score reflects its merits, we just cannot recommend the Justice II with the competition at this price as tough as it is. We found it to be a bit plain and average, but in the end, there are many coolers that would be a worse choice as well.