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Alpenfoehn Sella CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 5:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Alpenfoehn

Installation and Finished Product

 

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The Sella Intel hardware locks to the motherboard much like an Intel stock cooler. At the end of each sleeve there are two tabs that pass through the motherboard holes. Once the ring and sleeves are properly in place, you then drive the pins through the sleeve, expanding the tabs, and locking the ring to the motherboard.

 

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We do happen to have this ring oriented incorrectly. To get a standard vertical mounting of the cooler, the tabs need to be at the top and bottom. We did this for fit first, because our motherboard's "armor" poses issues with the mounting. To get this cooler on correctly, we had to lock the cooler to the ring, then force the ring down, and insert the pins to allow it to be in the vertical orientation.

 

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Most coolers are almost as wide as the memory, and much taller than the Sella, so you can start to appreciate the shorter overall height the Sella offers; especially if you are looking to air cool in a small form factor chassis.

 

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Alpenfoehn also made sure to address clearances around the cooler as well. Not only will this keep from blocking the first PCI slot, but it does not interfere with screwing in the motherboard, and it won't compromise room for the memory, as it fully clears all four slots.

 

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Even once we have the Sella hanging in the D-frame, the compact nature of this design is most apparent. Of course, the offset fin design, embossed name in the fin, and the bits of copper poking out are nice to look at as well.

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