Author: Derrick Ubbink
Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 Overview
When you look at the RC-1202 it strikes you as very aggressive looking. The shape of the fins reminds me immediately of the Raven series of cases by Silverstone. They both have that distinct stealth aircraft shape to them. This cooler would certainly look excellent in a military themed build!
The RC-1202 is about average size for a mid range air cooler. Being single tower with a single fan I had no issues with ram or door clearance in the test rig’s Antec 900. Of course with all tower air coolers it does take up some space, plan accordingly.
For dissipating heat the RC-1202 has 60 aluminum fins and as mentioned air is moved by a single 120mm Reeven Coldwing 12. The fan is rated to move between 35~101.3 CFM from 650~1900RPM. If accurate these are very respectable numbers for a 120mm fan. The attached fan controller switches the fan speed range from LOW-HIGH (Low= 650~1300rpm; High=650~1900rpm) while still allowing the PWM fan to be controlled through software. It’s an interesting feature if you want to physically limit how fast/loud the fan will top out at.
Reeven have implemented and interesting design to remove heat from the base and move it into the cooling stack. This cooler has 4 direct contact heat pipes. Direct contact means that instead of removing the heat from a solid block at the base the pipes themselves are in contact with the lid of the CPU. This is the same design we see in coolers like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 family. In the RC-1202 oddly 2 of the pipes are 6mm while the other two are 8mm. Reeven claims that this maximizes the amount of heat that can be moved while decreasing the amount of air that is blocked by the pipes running through the cooling stack.
Included with the cooler is everything you will need to install including a small packet of thermal grease. There is really enough for only a single installation, so you’ll have to be careful and make sure to get it right the first time. Everything is packaged in nice resealable baggies, nothing seems cheap about the Kelveros RC-1202.
You will need a pair of scissors for the thermal paste as well as a Phillips head screw driver with a head designed for smaller screws.