Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 CPU Cooler Review

The test rig consists of the following parts:

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 EVO
Video Card: SPARKLE Calibre Series X480 GeForce GTX 480
Memory: Corsair Vengence 8 GB @ 1600mhz
Power Supply: High Power Astro PT 700w
Storage: 250 GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Reeven Kelveros RC-1202
Case: Antec 900

Testing was done using Intel Burn Test (IBT) with the AVX instruction set.  The reason to use this instead of Prime95 with this setup is that it pushes our i5 2500K a whole lot harder giving us a better sense of load temps.  Most of the testing was done at the high memory setting for a single pass.  While this in no way would qualify the chip as stable when overclocking, it gives us a realistic idea of what temps it will be hitting.

First though I did some testing with the stock Intel cooler, at the stock motherboard settings, in the test rig with results as follows:

Ambient temps: 18.89C/66F
Idle temps: 27.25C/81.05F core average
IBT temps: 69.25C/156.65F core average

Next I ran the RC-1202 through the same test at the same motherboard settings:

Ambient temps: 17.78C/64F
Idle temps: 30.25C/86.45F core average
IBT temps: 48.5C/119.3 core average

Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 CPU Cooler

After I had the initial information logged it was time for a little overclocking session.  Other than aesthetics, this is the real reason for these aftermarket coolers.  Slowly working my way up, I was rather surprised by what this cooler could do:

Ambient temps: 17.78C/64F
Max overclock: 4.8 ghz/1.488V vCore
IBT temps: 77.5C/171.5F core average (One core at 82c and another at 81c put a stop to my overclocking)

Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 CPU Cooler

As with other coolers I’ve tested, it’s certainly possible that if we were to use a better thermal paste it would could have gone a little higher, maybe even 4.9ghz.

I would also like to point out that the fan, even at it’s highest speeds, (which it reached over spec up to 2067 rpm) was never terribly loud.  In fact most of the time I didn’t even notice it was running.

Reeven Kelveros RC-1202 CPU Cooler