Packaging and Accessories
As far as exteriors go, Reeven is as good as the best of them on their packaging. However, the inside isn’t quite as good as it could be. The cooler only has the thin cardboard to protect it from any shipping impact. Sure, it would take a fairly pointy object with the right impact, but there’s a better chance that fins could be bent in transit. After that though, the packaging is pretty good overall. Once again, we have some high reuse value here in case of resell.
I’m going to start nitpicking the back plate here. The Ouranos has it’s own, instead of using the included one that comes with AM4 motherboards. I’ll be addressing that more at the install section, but I wish companies would always use AMD’s included back plates. Outside of that, the rest of the accessories are expected with the install process. The tube of thermal paste is always appreciated, and the manual looks like one of the better ones I’ve seen.
Reeven Ouranos Closer Look
The trademark of Reeven is the yellow blades on that fan. On one hand, it’s an incredibly unique look. On the other hand, it could be a bit polarizing to builders. The frame doesn’t have any anti-vibration pads, but I haven’t noticed those, or lack thereof, to make any difference on noise levels personally. The top plate on the cooler looks excellent. Reeven’s name is cut into the center of it, and it does an excellent job of hiding the top of the heat pipes for a much cleaner look in the build.
We recently saw a similar design, but the Ouranos tower leans back a tad to help center the entire unit on the CPU socket. I really like this design for compatibility. The unit has 6 heat pipes, with the two in the center being slightly larger than the outer ones. A smooth polish finish on the base makes contact with the CPU. I’ve never noticed any huge benefit to direct heat pipe contact, so I usually prefer a base like this.