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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

Final Thoughts


The Alpenfoehn Himalaya II almost defies belief by taking out every other air cooler, and competing with most of the AIOs in our charts. Whether you want a cooler that looks good, one that cools the best, or just a cooler that is silent, the Himalaya II is going to suit your needs. Indeed, all requirements can be met within this cooler. Plus, you don't even have to worry about socket, because this cooler is fairly light, even with the second fan. Without the second fan attached to the Himalaya, it is only beat by two other air coolers currently out there, and both of them are huge monsters in comparison.


For many years, we have preached that to get the best of the best, concessions always had to be made. We believed this to be true whether it meant cost saving measures in hardware, or maybe the fans would have to be loud to get the best results possible, or maybe the cooler would have to be a motherboard swallowing beast. However, today Alpenfoehn has proved that there are exceptions to every rule, and every rule needs one. Alpenfoehn has many years under their belts, and definitely knows what they are doing in cooler designs, and the Himalaya II proves it.


Alpenfoehn did not miss a single detail with this design. It clears all the screws and memory slots, even with fans on it, and they use some of the most secure hardware available to mount it. The cooler also looks good, it is silent, and as shipped, this cooler will not break your wallet if and when you find one for sale. If there is one thing to consider, it is the PCI slot conflict. If the first slot of your motherboard is populated, the fan clips will definitely conflict with a card in it; however, we populated the second slot in our test system, and there was plenty of room for everything.


When it comes down to it, the Himalaya II proves to be a super solid contender for your money. With just the fan that comes included in that main $61 purchase, the coolers that beat the Himalaya II only do so by a small margin. Even so, the D15 is $100, and the Assassin is in the $80 to $90 range. These two coolers are also dual tower designs, and already have a second fan, so an additional $23 to get a second fan for the Himalaya does not seem so bad since you are adding to a much more user-friendly design. This is well worth the additional investment, as it pushes performance to unseen heights in single tower air cooling.


Alpenfoehn has one serious solution to CPU cooling; it is super cost-effective, and has figuratively blown our mind right out of the top of our skull in terms of performance. This Himalaya II is just that good. Even if you have to beg a friend to grab one for you overseas and ship it here, Alpenfoehn's Himalaya II is well worth the additional time and money.



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