Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
This last cooler is Alpenfoehn's flagship cooler, and is currently the best cooler they have to offer for the time being. With that in mind, we should not have to take any special considerations such as "it's a nice cooler considering its size and tiny fan," or "it looks, cool but doesn't really perform all that well." When it comes to the cream of the crop in any company's cooler line, it should be everything we need, and more. A top-of-the-line product like this should leave us with that warm and fuzzy feeling of having a great product at the end of the review.
As we progressed through our Alpenfoehn samples, we did see some real progress in performance as the coolers got newer. This leads us to believe that our latest sample should be more than capable, and could even break into AIO thermal ranges. Since all of these Alpenfoehn coolers are so readily able to accept a second fan, we will also be testing this cooler with a push/pull setup using the extra 140mm fan Alpenfoehn sent us. You will want to stick around for this, because our testing may just reveal one of the largest discrepancies we have ever seen between our stock results and our push/pull setup results.
All told, we do not expect any disappointments from the Alpenfoehn Himalaya II. This single tower cooler is similar to a few others we have seen over the years, but it also shares some of its flare with the Brocken 2. On top of all of the glitz and glamour, this cooler is based off of Wing Boost 2 140mm fans, which we found to be very quiet at full speed. Could this cooler actually be the culmination of fixed issues we found in our previous endeavors with Alpenfoehn? Will it be a great performer, and still remain silent? If you want the answers to these questions, then continue reading, as we are about to show you one of the few coolers that can give us everything we need, and then some.
Just as we saw with the other three coolers, specifications are not Alpenfoehn's strong suit. Once again, we start with the part number and measurements. Here we found the Himalaya II stands 172mm in height, and 146mm in width. The Himalaya is 56mm thick, and will total 92mm in thickness with the addition of a fan and the rubber plugs in play. This tower features fifty wide fins with five shorter fins at the bottom, all of which are 0.35mm thick. A 140mm fan is used to cool the heat dumped into the fins by the six, 6mm diameter, nickel plated heat pipes. The heat pipes draw heat from the CPU via the solid, polished, nickel plated base. This entire structure, along with the included fan, comes in at a combined weight of 842 grams that will hang from the motherboard. This is great considering most flagship coolers are in the range of 1000 to 1200 grams in weight.
The fan that accompanies the Himalaya II is a lot like the standard Wing Boost 2 140mm fans we saw on the Brocken 2. The main difference between the two is that this fan frame offers a white trim ring, and the sticker on the hub has been changed; otherwise, it is the same fan. This time we see the fan is rated at 1200 RPM, and at that speed, it is capable of delivering 108 cubic meters per hour of air flow. Converting this number to CFM is pretty easy; we just take the cubic meter value, and multiply it by 0.589, which gives us a rating of 63.6 CFM. Since we already had the matching fan that we used to do multi-fan testing on the Brocken, we obviously will be strapping it to the back of this cooler for dual fan results as well.
The biggest downfall to Alpenfoehn products for most of our readers is still availability. Of course, with the ease of the internet these days, you can easily find a buddy to help you out by shipping one overseas. However, we do strongly urge Alpenfoehn to strike while the iron is still hot; getting better distribution on this side of the pond could prove very profitable.
Getting on Google and searching over-the-pond listings yielded a reference price for the Himalaya II. We found this cooler listed for 36.66 EUR before VAT, and with a quick conversion to USD, that comes out to just less than $61 U.S. dollars. Considering most other flagship coolers that perform well come in the range of $80 to $100 or more, there is already inherent value in the Himalaya II. Rest assured, with the testing results you will soon see, this cooler is definitely worth it.