Performance: 37 out of 40
When dealing with less costly CPU cooling solutions there is a fine line between cheap and inexpensive. The Reeven E12 performance is so good that it may not cost a fortune but it is certainly not a cheap, garbage cooling solution. Instead, it offers good performance at a great price.
Ease of Use: 15 out of 20
On the one hand there are no compatibility issues worth worrying about. If your system can handle a 120mm tower cooler… the E12 RGB will work and work regardless of RAM or motherboard VRM heatsink height. On the other the installation does rely upon a lot of small finicky pieces. For Intel this does not matter all that much, but for AMD using the proper parts in the proper location can be tricky if you do not follow the instructions precisely. So, while good… there is a lot of room for improvement.
Build Quality: 18 out of 20
Quite honestly unless we knew this was a $30 cooler we would have never guess it by the build quality. A well-engineered fin array, sturdy mounting hardware, and a great fan all belie the asking price. Color us impressed.
Value: 20 out of 20
There are no ifs, not ands, and no (stinky) butts about it. This CPU cooling solution is so choke full of value it really will difficult to justify stepping up to $40 and even some $50 coolers on budget builds. That is pretty much the definition of ‘great value’.
Final Score: 90 out 100
The Reeven E12 RGB is destined to become a cult classic. Great performance, great price, even great aesthetics all add up to ‘no-brainer’ levels of value. So be on the lookout for this little powerhouse. It really will add a dash of pizazz to any system while at the same time cooling as good as more expensive options.