By: Hai Wang
February 8, 2019
In the automobile industry, there are basically two attitudes toward the exhaust system design. The first one is to hide the exhaust completely under the vehicle, such that you will not even see the exhaust tail pipe. This kind of design gives the vehicle a sleek look from the back, since there is nothing protruding out under the bumper. You may see this hidden tail pipe design for vehicles that are focused more on utility than performance. One example would be the current Honda Pilot. The other attitude towards the exhaust system is to not only show the tail pipe, or tail pipes, but also to make them really stand out. It seems all the performance cars have either huge exhaust tail pipe tips or the tail pipe tips have a very aggressive design. If you are behind those vehicles, those exhausts are really hard to ignore. Just look at the rear of the Honda Civic Type R, and you know what I am talking about. In my opinion, the ideology behind these two attitudes is about how people imagine what a performance car should sound like. Normally, a high-performance vehicle needs to have an exciting engine sound, and consequently a huge exhaust system is needed to emphasize the high engine performance, while a practical vehicle is expected to have lower noise level. However, only half the thought can be applied to CPU cooling systems. One would never want their high-performance gaming rig to be as loud as a race car, but in order to keep things quiet, you will need a large cooler with a large fan often prominently displayed in tempered glass chassis. In this review, a CPU cooler, the Reeven Justice RC-1204, will be looked at. Is it a good CPU cooler that features both excellent cooling performance and low noise level? Let us read on and find out.
Today’s review unit was shipped to us here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada via US Postal Service then transferred to Canada Post from the Reeven North America's office in Ontario, California, USA. The shipping box was mostly in good condition. Even though you may see small dents by the corners of the parcel, there was no sign of unacceptable damage on the shipping box itself. If you keep looking downward, you will see the corners of the actual retail box are beaten up a little bit. It may have been damaged during shipping, but I was not too concerned.
On a well-designed retail package, you can always find a nice photo of the product. The box of the Reeven Justice RC-1204 is no exception. The picture of the CPU cooler is located on the front of the container with a black background. Normally, for a CPU heatsink, the picture on the retail package contains both the heatsink and the fan. Interestingly, in this case, the picture only shows the heatsink. From the picture, you may not have an idea what the included fan looks like. Life is just full of surprises. Maybe it is a fanless heatsink? No, it is not. A fanless heatsink would not be this small. Reeven just chose not to show the fan in the picture this time. On the package, it says the heatsink supports both Intel and AMD sockets, so you will get all the necessary installation kits for both types of sockets. Reeven's company logo is printed at the top right corner, while the product’s name, Justice, is printed in gold, and it is located right below the company logo. Below the product’s name, the size information of the fan is provided. This time we get a 120mm fan from Reeven. If you turn to the side panels of the retail package, more information about the product is presented, such as the dimensions and key features of this product. Overall speaking, the retail package design of the Reeven Justice RC-1204 is good. Customers will be able to find the useful information of this product without any trouble.
For you to know the Reeven Justice RC-1204 a little bit more, the specifications of the cooler from the official website are listed below:
Model Number: RC-1204
Socket: INTEL: LGA 1150 / 1151 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011 / 2011-V3; AMD: AM2(+) / AM3(+) / FM1 / FM2(+) / AM4 (Upgrade Kit required!)
Overall Dimension: (W)131 x (H)162 x (D)105mm
Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25mm
Heatpipe: Ø6mm x 6
Fan Speed: 300 ~ 1500RPM
Air Flow: 16.6 ~ 82.1CFM
Static Pressure: 0.003 ~ 0.067inchH2O
Noise Level: 4.0 ~ 29.8dBA
Weight (with Fan): 930g
UPC Code: 840636100015
EAN Code: 4717011050011
Upon opening the retail box, you will see the bulky heatsink protected by a piece of cardboard. I did not find any damage on the fins, meaning the protection of the cardboard pad is a big win. Aside from the heatsink, a 12025 PWM fan is another major component you can find pre-assembled on the heatsink. The Reeven Justice RC-1204 can take two fans, but only one is included. If you want two fans on your heatsink, you will have to buy your own. As for smaller accessories, they are all contained in a white cardboard box. A bunch of wire clips, tube of thermal paste, installation guide, small wrench, and mounting kits for both Intel and AMD sockets are found in this cardboard box. The small wrench is a thoughtful addition from Reeven; it is a very useful tool when installing the CPU cooler.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results