Alpenföhn K2 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2011-12-18

After reviewing the great performing Alpenföhn Peter VGA cooler I was heavily enthusiastic when they offered me to review their brand high end air cooler : the K2. For those that wonder where the name K2 comes from : the Mount K2 is the 2nd highest mountain in the world, right at the border of Pakistan and China. While the Mount Everest is still the highest one, mountain climbers categorize the K2 as the most difficult to conquer. This particular mountain is also known as Killer Mountain or Mount Doom. Think you get the idea, as not many reach the top. Back to the CPU cooler, before you are getting the idea you are browsing some Wikipedia-alike site. The Alpenföhn K2 is a dual tower design boosting 8 big diameter heatpipes, not sounding quite innovative as competitive products from Noctua and Thermalright have similar coolers in their lineup. But maybe the sleek design lines and the thermal performance can satisfy your cooling requirements. Let's open up the package...

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A total of 8 6mm U - shaped heatpipes are being used, to conduct the heat from the nickel plated copper base plate to the massive fin area. Similar as to the fins, the heatpipes are also soldered to the baseplate:




The full copperbase is extremely flat and the nickel plating has an impeccable finish. The topside of the bottomplate has got several heatisnks for extra heat dissipation and a big cutout for the mounting plate.






The multi-socket compatible backplate is a joy to work with. Just insert the screws, slide over the rubber protective cover and push the pins through the motherboard socket openings.








Then use the appropriate black plastic washer and secure the bracket with two nuts. Put some thermal paste on the CPU, position the cooler and secure the top plate by tightning steadily the two spring/screws. If you have tightened everything you will have a rock solid mount and the cooler is firmly held in position.

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