Author: Derrick Ubbink
In many ways the Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 is reminiscent of the F/A 22 Raptor fighter jet. For those of you unaware, this jet is destined to be next great fighter of the United States Armed Forces, think “Starscream” from the Michael Bay Transformer movies. They are similar not only in their “stealthy” looks or the fact that neither are released yet. Part of the reason I find them so similar is that at their best they are both awesome performers. The RC-12502 will do 4.8ghz! On an aircooler that is very respectable, and while the temperatures may be a little warm for some it will do 4.5-4.6 at much lower temps.
However like the F/A 22 with its myriad of multi-billion dollar production problems which have kept it out of combat, the RC-1202 has some issues of its own. Namely the mounting system is just terrible. Getting a perfect mount with this cooler is a quite a challenge to say the least.
The price on this unit is not yet released, but it is rumored to be in the $55-60 range. If correct I would say that it is respectable for what you get.
As a whole I do like the Kelveros RC-1202. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. I can not however recommend this to someone with little experience with mounting coolers. There is just too much margin for error with getting a good mount, while there are many other coolers on the market that are easier to install for a beginner.
Reeven seems to be a company with an excellently performing product that just needs a little smoothing out. I would keep an eye on these guys, as they certainly seem to know what they are doing.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 a 7 out of 10 score. If it weren’t for the diabolical mounting system and poor thermal grease, an 8 would certainly be possible.
- Great Cooling!
- Fan comes installed
- Low/High fan speed switch
- Acceptable pricing (if $55-60)
- Mounting system is terrible
- Thermal grease is not great
- Wiring is a bit short