Reeven Arcziel 12 Review

Today we will be taking a look at Reeven Arcziel 12, a top-down horizontal cooler that aims users with smaller cases without excluding the ones seeking good cooling performance.

 

 

REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines includes the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, Cooling Fans, Power Supply Units, PC Cases and many other items. the target of our products will be  a wide range of audience under our philosopohy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that will withstand the highest demand.

Let’s take a look at the Arcziel’s main specs and features, directly taken from Reeven’s website:

 

Package and Accessories

 

The Reeven Arcziel 12 comes in an industrial look box like we saw on the Reeven Kelveros review. At the sides of the box you will be able to find information that pretty much describe the cooler and its features. There is also information on the installation and socket compatibility.

Inside the box, apart from the cooler, we find a user manual and an accessory box which contains everything needed to install the cooler, organized neatly. You will find an adjustable backplate and mounting kits for any socket type that will be needed when installing the cooler.

 

A Closer Look – The Reeven Arcziel 12

 

The Reeven Arcziel 12 is an horizontal top-down cooler. Upon holding it we understood that it is a quality product carefully crafted. We can find the yellow ColdWing 12 fan on top which is the same as the fan used in the Kelveros. The fan is mounted using plastic clips and it is true that it is not in absolute contact with the heatsink. The impressive thing to note is that there are a total of 6mm heatpipes placed across Reeven Arcziel, something not so common for a top down cooler. Notice that despite being a top down cooler, the Arcziel 12 is targeted to small system cases but this does not mean it is very small itself. The base plate is a nickel plated copper base instead of following direct contact heatpipe design. The fan pushes air from the top to the motherboard and it will be interesting to see how this will work out in our tests.

 

Test Setup and Procedures

 

Installation was simple and straight forward, and everything is done using the handy mounting kits supplied. The cooler does not interfere with RAM heatsinks or VGA, the only thing that you may need to check is if you are using RAM modules with large heatsinks.

We tested the Reeven Arcziel 12 on our i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz, measuring temperatures in idle/load system settings, and then measuring noise levels at max fan RPM. Our test system was:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6T SE
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: High Power Astro APT-700
Case: Antec one
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

We tested the Arcziel against various coolers including the Kelveros and the mighty Noctua NH-D14.

 

Test Results and Verdict

As you can see from the results, the Reeven Arcziel 12 offers average to good cooling performance, managing to beat a good number of other popular solutions. It seems that the hot air dissipation system that Reeven have utilised seem to do the job and that explains why it runs even cooler that Kelveros.

Concerning the noise levels, it was barely audible until the fan reaches maximum RPM, when you can barely hear it running inside the case.

Costing around 50.00€ across Europe, we would not justify it as a cheap CPU cooler, but you get what you pay for in terms of performance and build quality. You have the extra plus that this is a low-profile cooler, so maybe it is a cooler to consider if you want to have a good CPU cooler in a small case.

Pros

(+) Efficient cooling performance
(+) Relatively quiet
(+) Top down cooler
(+) Complete bundle

Cons

(-) Other users might want to check elsewhere in this price range.

 

 

Thus, we would like to give the Reeven Arcziel 12 our Value For Money Award, for combining reasonable performance in a top-down cooler.

 

 

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