We can completely understand the logic behind Alpenfoehn releasing a cooler like the Sella. In a huge cooling market, where everyone promotes the idea that bigger is better, and liquid is even better than that, it stands to reason that someone should go back to the basics? It has been a long time since we have seen anything this compact without diving into C-Style coolers, and while those are effective solutions, most of them are even taller than this. At a maximum height of 129mm, this compact tower will fit inside of cases like the ones we recently saw from Lian Li, Thermaltake, and BitFenix. While we are an enthusiast driven site, we also understand the plight of the everyman, and realize not everyone needs or wants a $100 cooling solution for a more basic setup. However, even when we cranked up the heat, the Sella took it very well.
When it came to the thermal results, the Sella stood its ground on both sides of the testing. The Sella quietly took the stock run, and without too much fuss from the fans, it was even able to handle the overclocked settings fairly well. As for the noise level, we can recall the days when the 92mm fan was still king, and there was a ton of noise from a huge portion of those coolers. So, while the Sella did start to climb in decibels as the voltage was increased, we found Alpenfoehn did a great job of balancing the fan noise with performance; the Sella offers levels of both that can be appreciated.
As we addressed, the mounting hardware, posed issues for our specific motherboard. However, with some creativity and persistence, we overcame that obstacle and got the cooler ready for testing. The latch system works really well. It gave AMD sockets plenty of mounting pressure, and even with the all plastic mounting hardware, the cooler was very secure once installed. While our motherboard is the exception to the rule as far as cooler encroachment goes, it is still something to ponder if your motherboard has restrictions or really wide phase heat sinks.
The main thing that will keep this cooler out of the hands of most of our readers is availability. While the Sella can be accessed pretty easily almost anywhere on the other half of the globe, on this half of the globe, we will just have to hope Amazon gets shipment. Or, (hint to Alpenfoehn here) maybe sometime in the future, Alpenfoehn will expand availability of their coolers so we too can benefit from their designs and offerings.
For now, the current go-to, budget cooler on this side of the pond has to be some version of the Hyper 212. However, even there, the cooler is based on a 120mm fan, and exceeds the height of the Sella. In my opinion, the Sella is just as capable as the Hyper 212. Also, considering how well the Sella handles its business with half the air flow of the Hyper 212, the Sella's near $30 U.S. dollar pricing is just that much tastier. It is just a shame these aren't on shelves here now, because we are sure loads of potential buyers would love to get their hands-on one after reading this.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Alpenfoehn Sella CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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