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Alpenfoehn Himalaya II CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 4, 2014 5:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Alpenfoehn

Installation and Finished Product




To get things going, we have prepped the backplate with the studs and rubber holders. Even though the plate only aligns one way for Intel motherboards, it does come pre-isolated with the plastic coating. However, it does require the square rubber spacer to go in the middle.




The backplate and all the bits that go on it fit in the area the armor on this motherboard allows for. The backplate is clearly marked for each socket type, and while the Intel markings are blocked, we can easily see the IV stamped next to the AMD holes.




Then, the only things left to do to prep the motherboard for the cooler is to place the spacers on the studs, the brackets on top of them, and then screw the thumbscrews down until they run out of thread. After this is done, apply some paste, set the cooler on, and screw the cross bar into the nut inserts in these brackets.




As we see the Himalaya looking out over the memory, we notice that the fan stands proud of the fins. Keep in mind: there is a bit of pipe tips above that, and this fan only increased the overall height by 3mm over those tips.




We really like what we see here. All the Alpenfoehn coolers been designed to allow for complete memory clearance, but the Himalaya II has more clearance than with any other Alpenfoehn design. Even for LGA2011 users, all slots will be accessible.




Since there is no offset to the heat pipes in this design, clearance is simply due to the thin profile of this cooler. This means that even with a fan hanging on the back, there is plenty of room to get to the eight-pin. Without the offset, it bodes well for motherboards with memory on both sides of the socket.




Once the cooler and motherboard were in the open air chassis, we got to look at it in a more typical orientation. While the cooler is solidly mounted, and allows easy access to memory and motherboard screws, the width can definitely create havoc for the first PCI slot. Thankfully, our card rests in the second slot.

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