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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

Alpenfoehn Himalaya II CPU Cooler

 

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Fresh out of the box, we find a stack of fifty full width fins that encompass all six heat pipes; at the bottom, we find five shorter fins that are exclusively delivered heat through the three inner pipes. Further down, we see that the nickel plated pipes all convene in the two-part nickel plated base, which is grooved to accept the mounting bar, with small passive cooling bumps on the sides.

 

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Looking at the side of the Himalaya II, we get a sense of just how thin this cooler is. Even though the heat pipes are 6mm thick, and they overlap as they run through the fins, we really only have 56mm thickness here. We also like that the fins in this design have tabs to keep things aligned.

 

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Laying the cooler down seemed like the best way to show off the deviations and angles used in this design. The purpose of such angles and deviations is to increase the performance by changing the way the air flows in certain areas. We also see the edges are slightly taller, as these tips help keep the fan in place.

 

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The sides of the Himalaya II feature the same four fin stagger we found in the Brocken designs. The stagger definitely helps out on the leading and trailing edges, but it also adds an interesting look to this tower.

 

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As we glance into the very reflective nickel plated top plate of the Himalaya II, we almost see a crosshair design in the center. To either side of this design, we see six staggered heat pipe tips poking through the top fin.

 

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On the base of the cooler, we find an easily noticeable protective cover. This cover keeps the nickel plated base under it free of scratches and oxidation. With all of this bright red text and bold white in contrast to the cooler, if you manage to leave this on when installing the cooler, then you really were not paying attention at all.

 

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The copper base of the Himalaya is milled in a convex shape before being finely polished, and then a layer of nickel plating is applied to prevent the copper from oxidizing. If the copper was left exposed and allowed to oxidize, it would be a real pain to deal with later on. It also appears that the pipes are soldered into the base in this model.

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