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Alpenfoehn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler Review (Page 5)

By Chad Sebring from Sep 11, 2014 @ 0:15 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Alpenfoehn

Installation and Finished Product

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This universal backplate is already isolated for Intel use, so we just had to align the pins and send them through, locking one side into the backplate so they won't twist later. Also, the plate can be oriented both directions for AMD and Intel. In our instance, it only fits in this direction, where another board may have an IC, making the other orientation the premium choice.

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Once the studs are passed through the holes, each receives a plastic spacer. Then, the Intel mounting plates are placed at either side, and all of it is mounted to the motherboard via the thumbscrews used at each corner.

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Almost as wide as the memory in front of it, the Brocken ECO stands with the majority of the fan's intake clear from even taller memory like ours. Although, we did notice that the fan did not go as low as the top of the cooler since it has to rest on top of the screws of the cross bar that locks the cooler to the motherboard hardware.

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Because of the offset that the heat pipes take from the base into the bottom of the fin stack, even this larger bodied cooler and its fan stay clear of all four memory slots.

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From here we see the Brocken ECO takes up much more room than the Sella on the motherboard, but there is still room for a second fan off to the right. With the extra plug hanging from the stock fan, it just begs for a second fan to be added.

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With the cooler mounted on the motherboard, and the motherboard and the Brocken ECO now mounted into the chassis, we can now step back and take stock. It looks pretty good with the aluminum and copper, and it does offer enough space for a second fan and to still have access to the eight-pin, but the fan clips may cause issues with a card in the first expansion slot.

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