Page 4 - Conclusion
As with all the products reviewed here at APH Networks, we take the intended use into consideration to come to a final conclusion of how good the product is. Even though the tests were conducted in a much larger enclosure with good airflow, they still give a good impression of its cooling capabilities. In our tests, the Reeven Brontes RC-1001b performed decently against a cooler quite a bit larger than itself. The Reeven Brontes did okay during the noise tests, albeit there was a noticeably higher output of sound. As for the product itself, the build quality is good, with aluminum, copper, and nickel-plating used in its construction to provide the best results possible, while being aesthetically pleasing at the same time. The entire installation process should have been clearer, with the instructions being more precise in their meaning. This would have made installation quite a bit easier for a newcomer. At least installation is simple, because there are not many parts. However, I am a quite disappointed overall with the clearance issues I ran into while reviewing this unit. For one, it completely did not fit in any viable orientation on our mini-ITX board, and it runs into RAM clearance problems, despite being on a full-sized ATX AMD motherboard. Even with my low profile RAM, the cooler barely hovers over them, and in a different orientation the heatpipes are in the way. This is rather unfortunate, as it defeats the very purpose of this cooler. The retail price for the Reeven Brontes comes in at around $40 USD, which is not expensive, but definitely far from being cheap. For any smaller sized chassis build, the Reeven Brontes is definitely an option, but there are better options out there, including the CRYORIG C7. Overall, the Reeven Brontes performed acceptably, and taking into consideration the lower price point compared to higher performance products for the same purpose, it is an option for those on a budget build but looking for something better than a stock cooler.
Reeven provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
5/10 means An average product with no real advantages; drawbacks and advantages just seem to cancel each other out.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 5.0/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The Reeven Brontes RC-1001b is aimed at smaller sized builds, but despite acceptable cooling capability, compatibility issues make me question its worthiness.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results