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Reeven Brontes CPU Cooler Review: Reaching New Heights in Low-Profile Design

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Test System and Benchmark Results of the Reeven Brontes

  • Ambient temperature monitored at case intake and temperature Delta was used.
  • All case and heat sink fans were benchmarked with fan control settings disabled and running at 100% unless otherwise specified.
  • Intel integrated video is utilized to eliminate additional ambient heat source from discrete graphics cards.
  • Temperatures are averaged (last minute) from individual core temperature results monitored by AIDA64 after 15 minutes.
  • Stock settings have all power saving features enabled in the motherboard with Vcore set static to 1.1V and set to “Balanced” in the OS.
  • All tests were taken at least three times to get the final result.
  • Note that performance results on this setup are not directly comparable with any benchmarks from previous reviews as the UEFI BIOS on the motherboard has been updated and now has a much tighter control on the Vcore voltage.
  • Since it is an ASUS motherboard, it engages all cores when it turbos so temperature will be higher compared to other Z87 motherboards that do not by default.
  • An American Recording Technologies SPL-8810 was used for noise level measurement in dBA, 20CM away from the center fan intake.
Processor Intel Core i7-4770K (Retail)
Motherboard ASUS Maximus VI Gene Z87 Motherboard (1603 BIOS)
Memory Mushkin Stealth 1600MHz DDR3
Drive OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD
Video Card Intel Integrated Graphics
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1
Case DimasTech Mini v1
Power Supply Corsair HX850W
Operating System Windows 7 x64 Pro

Comparison Heatsinks:

comparisonheatsinks Low Profile

Benchmarks:

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Sound Profile (Fan RPM vs Noise Level) – Room ambient noise is 34.8dBA:

Fan Speed 1x 100mm Slim Brontes fan
RPM dBA
2200 39.9
2100 39.5
2000 38.8
1900 38
1800 37.5
1700 37.2
1600 36.8
1500 35

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Ron Perillo

Ron is a non-binary tech writer that presently identifies as a reviewer but is currently transitioning toward modding.

2 Comments

  1. You should have done a comparison with Gelid’s Slimhero, also at 59mm high
    and with a very similar design, as it would be the only direct competitor for this cooler.

  2. Thank you for the suggestion. I will look into it, maybe do a low-profile roundup when I catch up with my work load and see what’s the best bang-for-buck. I know ID-Cooling has a 5-heatpipe direct contact in the under 60mm height range as well that looks very capable.

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