Friday, April 29th 2011

Alpenföhn Launches Peter High-Performance VGA Cooler

The cooling specialist Alpenföhn presents the successor of the Heidi VGA Cooler. The new cooler called Alpenföhn Peter utilizes twelve heatpipes and offers a much larger cooling area than the Heidi. In addition, the fan rail allows for up to four fans to be installed, so that the Peter is capable of dissipating up to 420 Watt of heat. For a clean look, the entire surface of the VGA cooler has been Nickle plated.

Modern graphic cards are very complex pieces of engineering, always pushing the envelope in speed, power consumption and thermal design power (TDP). In addition to this, graphic cards have to be cooled while keeping the cooling unit within the constrains of one or two PCI slots, so that it does not block any additional expansion slots of the mainboard. To generate the required cooling performance in such tight quarters a noisy high speed fan tends to be the only option.

An aftermarket cooler like the Alpenföhn Peter in turn is capable of taking on up to 420 Watt, making it the perfect fit for many high-end graphic cards like the AMD RADEON HD6970 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. To guarantee the best compatibility, the Alpenföhn Peter includes various mounting materials which are to be placed on the underside of the cooler. Such a system also makes the Peter future-proof as it can be installed on upcoming cards by simply acquiring the newest mounting brackets.

Twelve Nickle plated, copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6 millimeters guarantee the most efficient transport of heat from the GPU to the cooling fins of the Peter. 84 such Aluminum fins take the heat and pass it on to the surrounding air. This effect is catalyzed with the optional fans. To keep the strain of such the cooler on the mainboard to a minimum, Alpenföhn has included a mounting rail to hold these fans in place.


This rail is attached to the PCI slots and can take up to four 140 mm fans. In such a configuration, two of the cooling units will be placed right above the cooling fins, while the other two are attached facing the side of the heatsink. These are especially effective with cases which feature an opening in the side panel to allow for fresh air to be pulled into the case. You are also free to install smaller fans - if your chassis does not offer enough space for example.

Due to this system of customization, the user is free to create a unique configuration to suit the requirements. This allows for users who prefer silence as well as overclockers to pick their desired fans to cool the Alpenföhn Peter within their system. At launch, Caseking will be offering eight different cooler & fan bundles for the various needs and application scenarios. Besides the Alpenföhn Peter, the user will also receive a set of 30 small heatsinks, which are intended to cool the various components on the graphic card. A mix of different shapes and sizes guarantees the utmost compatibility.

The Alpenföhn Peter - Universal High-End VGA Cooler will be available in mid May, for a price of 54.90 Euro at www.caseking.de. Various bundles containing the Alpenföhn Peter and between two and four fans, for both silent and performance applications will also be available from Caseking at that time. An overview of the various bundles can be found at www.caseking.de/peter. A detailed compatibility list can be viewed in the product description of the Alpenföhn Peter on the Caseking website.
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47 Comments on Alpenföhn Launches Peter High-Performance VGA Cooler

#1
theJesus
Caseking lists the following under the compatibility:
"GTX 550 Ti / 560 / 570 / 580"

I hope that means GTX 560 Ti as well. If it does, then I'll be keeping my out for one of these in the US.
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#2
bear jesus
I can't wait to see some reviews, to me this is almost the perfect GPU air cooler as its kind of like a folded down tower cooler with the 6 nice length heat pipes that pass through the base with fins in both directions.

And i love the 420w TDP rating, i would guess (depending on reviews) this could be the one GPU air cooler that could make me delay my plans for water.
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#3
Dave63
by: theJesus
Caseking lists the following under the compatibility:
"GTX 550 Ti / 560 / 570 / 580"

I hope that means GTX 560 Ti as well. If it does, then I'll be keeping my out for one of these in the US.
Just look at this at Caseking must be a new list of compatibility. I'll be looking at this if I can get it here in the US.


Kompatibilität: •Lochabstand: 43 / 51 / 53 / 58 / 61 / 80 mm
•AMD Radeon
X 1600
HD 2600
HD 3450 / 3650 / 3690
HD 4650 / 4670 / 4750 / 4830 / 4850 / 4860 / 4870
HD 5670 / 5750 / 5770 / 5850 / 5870
HD 6850 / 6870 / 6950 / 6970
•NVIDIA Geforce
6600 Serie (außer AGP)
7400 / 7600 / 7800 GT/GTX / 7900 GS/GT/GTX
8800 GT/GTS(G92)/GTX/Ultra
9600 / 9800 GT/GTX/GTX+
GT 210 / 220 / 240
GTS 250
GTX 200 Serie
GTX 460 / 470 / 480
GTX 550 Ti / 560 / 570 / 580
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#4
Rebelstar
Waiting for launch since February. Can't wait for reviews, hope it will be sweet for my 6970.
Hope 54 Euros will be converted into 54 USD at Ebay stores lol
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#5
AlienIsGOD
:roll: @ the 3450 being listed, this thing would eat that card :p
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#6
Dave63
I was thinking the same thing with the GT 210 / 220 / 240 LOL.
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#7
Batou1986
When i get my 6970 and it sounds like a leaf blower i'll keep this in mind
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#8
micropage7
nice. its like a steel bar over your card, from its spec the performance should be good
but why it must be name like that, why dont like 'silver arch' that attract attention than peter, maybe someday they will release 'maemunah' OMG
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#10
lucas4
be keeping an eye out for this.
after just having a session on BC2 and realizing my 4870 is louder than my hoover, this peter would be perfect!
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: lucas4
be keeping an eye out for this.
after just having a session on BC2 and realizing my 4870 is louder than my hoover, this peter would be perfect!
have a look at a AC Twin Turbo Pro - Ive got 2 fitted on my 5850s and even with the fans on them cranked up to 80% I can barely hear them
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#12
Widjaja
by: FreedomEclipse
have a look at a AC Twin Turbo Pro - Ive got 2 fitted on my 5850s and even with the fans on them cranked up to 80% I can barely hear them
I vouch for the AC Twin Turbo range but.

If you plan to install the RAM sinks and VRM coolers which come with the VGA cooler, you may want to replace the thermal tape with stringer thermal tape immediately ulness AC have changed the thermal tape with longer lasting stuff.

I have had the AC Twin Turbo installed since March 2010.
Over that time one by one, the RAM cooler and VRM coolers have fallen off due to the poor thermal tape pre applied on the modules.
I think pretty much all of them have fallen off.
One came off today so it shows how long the time span can be before the thermal tape gives out.

In saying that, I do know the TWIN TURBO Pro copper heat pipes get in the way of placing RAM sinks over cards so whether the RAM cooler modules are that important, I am not certain.

Even though
Huge difference on cooling performance over stock in my case but that isn't hard to do.
From 84degC idle 110degC load
To 44 idle to 57 degC load
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Widjaja
I vouch for the AC Twin Turbo range but.

If you plan to install the RAM sinks and VRM coolers which come with the VGA cooler, you may want to replace the thermal tape with stringer thermal tape immediately ulness AC have changed the thermal tape with longer lasting stuff.

I have had the AC Twin Turbo installed since March 2010.
Over that time one by one, the RAM cooler and VRM coolers have fallen off due to the poor thermal tape pre applied on the modules.
I think pretty much all of them have fallen off.
One came off today so it shows how long the time span can be before the thermal tape gives out.

In saying that, I do know the TWIN TURBO Pro copper heat pipes get in the way of placing RAM sinks over cards so whether the RAM cooler modules are that important, I am not certain.

Even though
Huge difference on cooling performance over stock in my case but that isn't hard to do.
From 84degC idle 110degC load
To 44 idle to 57 degC load
you do know that you have to use a rubber on the mem chips before you stick the heatsinks on right?
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#14
Widjaja
Yeah remove the oily residue from the blu-tack like thermal pads with iso alcohol wipes and a soft eraser which is currently on the floor next to me.

The thermal tape didn't just plop off, the thermal tape was hanging by strings of the adhesive.
Really odd as if the heat of the memchips were that hot. :/
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#15
AsRock
TPU addict
Wow so many pieces like the MK-13 ( http://www.prolimatech.com/en/products/detail.asp?id=159&subid=574#showtab ).

Love to try it just for the hell of it. Mine runs great with 2 fans blowing at the cooler and a side fan sucking air from the side of the card to a large side fan.

Main thing people will hate about this is space that it requires in some configs but some zip ties solve some of those issue's.

EDIT
http://www.alpenfoehn.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174%3Apeter&catid=61&Itemid=105&lang=en

Alpenföhn Peter (2:30)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhT-IGudH7Y
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#16
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Widjaja
Yeah remove the oily residue from the blu-tack like thermal pads with iso alcohol wipes and a soft eraser which is currently on the floor next to me.

The thermal tape didn't just plop off, the thermal tape was hanging by strings of the adhesive.
Really odd as if the heat of the memchips were that hot. :/
well Ive never had that happen before. Ive attached it to my 5850s and my mates 5850s just fine. the heatsinks are stuck on pretty well
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#17
Widjaja
by: FreedomEclipse
well Ive never had that happen before. Ive attached it to my 5850s and my mates 5850s just fine. the heatsinks are stuck on pretty well
AC may have revised their thermal tape on the supplied RAM and VRM cooling modules with the Twin Turbo Pro.

Because I know I did a good job on cleaning everything before installing because I didn't want the possibility of having to re attach sinks under the cooler.
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#18
theJesus
by: Dave63
Just look at this at Caseking must be a new list of compatibility. I'll be looking at this if I can get it here in the US.


Kompatibilität: •Lochabstand: 43 / 51 / 53 / 58 / 61 / 80 mm
•AMD Radeon
X 1600
HD 2600
HD 3450 / 3650 / 3690
HD 4650 / 4670 / 4750 / 4830 / 4850 / 4860 / 4870
HD 5670 / 5750 / 5770 / 5850 / 5870
HD 6850 / 6870 / 6950 / 6970
•NVIDIA Geforce
6600 Serie (außer AGP)
7400 / 7600 / 7800 GT/GTX / 7900 GS/GT/GTX
8800 GT/GTS(G92)/GTX/Ultra
9600 / 9800 GT/GTX/GTX+
GT 210 / 220 / 240
GTS 250
GTX 200 Serie
GTX 460 / 470 / 480
GTX 550 Ti / 560 / 570 / 580
Yeah, that's the list I looked at, I just didn't paste the whole thing lol. It says "560" but not "560 Ti" :ohwell:
by: AsRock
EDIT
http://www.alpenfoehn.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174%3Apeter&catid=61&Itemid=105&lang=en
Thanks for the link. I don't see anything about compatibility with nvidia 500 series cards, except the GTX 580, but the measurements should be useful in determined compatibility with other cards.

I think the main reason a lot of coolers compatible with the GTX 570 and 580 aren't compatible with the GTX 560 Ti is because the GPU is rectangular.
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#19
AphexDreamer
Will this work with my Asus matrix 5870?

Would it even perform better than it?

Too soon to say?
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#20
AsRock
TPU addict
by: theJesus
Yeah, that's the list I looked at, I just didn't paste the whole thing lol. It says "560" but not "560 Ti" :ohwell:

Thanks for the link. I don't see anything about compatibility with nvidia 500 series cards, except the GTX 580, but the measurements should be useful in determined compatibility with other cards.

I think the main reason a lot of coolers compatible with the GTX 570 and 580 aren't compatible with the GTX 560 Ti is because the GPU is rectangular.
Yeah they did not update there site as 100% compatibility is not there. The long VRM cooler that comes with it don't fit the 6970 correctly and i had to get the dremal on it lol.

But i bet if ya emailed them by monday night you know if it's possible or not.

Here's the guys email addy who told me if it was possible or not with my 6970.

Minna Yu, sc.yu@prolimatech.com


by: AphexDreamer
Will this work with my Asus matrix 5870?

Would it even perform better than it?

Too soon to say?
Drop them a email see if it is or not. Maybe find the distance from screw to screw and maybe some one else can let you know maybe ?.
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#21
pantherx12
Bah, to expensive right now.

If it goes on sale I'll try it out, even with no fans this thing is taller than 2 slots.

Think Alpenfóhn should of made the thing slightly wider or longer and kept it within 2 slots.
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#22
AsRock
TPU addict
by: pantherx12
Bah, to expensive right now.

If it goes on sale I'll try it out, even with no fans this thing is taller than 2 slots.

Think Alpenfóhn should of made the thing slightly wider or longer and kept it within 2 slots.
Depends on how you mount the fans as there is a few ways to mount them on that black bracket and you could always use zip ties. IAs it does look like the fan mount works the same way.

With the bracket you can get the fans mount at the side of the card or even both.

Check the second demo video of the MK-13's
http://www.prolimatech.com/en/products/detail.asp?id=159&subid=576#showtab

$55 is not much the MK-13 is more now and before was around $65 when i got mine.
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#23
pantherx12
by: AsRock
Depends on how you mount the fans as there is a few ways to mount them on that black bracket and you could always use zip ties. IAs it does look like the fan mount works the same way.

.
Waaah?


Anyway, Peter is the same price as the mk13 over here anyway.
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#24
hat
Maximum Overclocker
That thing looks like a real piece of work... but what about cooling the memory or the VRMs and shit?
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#25
theJesus
by: AsRock
Yeah they did not update there site as 100% compatibility is not there. The long VRM cooler that comes with it don't fit the 6970 correctly and i had to get the dremal on it lol.

But i bet if ya emailed them by monday night you know if it's possible or not.

Here's the guys email addy who told me if it was possible or not with my 6970.

Minna Yu, sc.yu@prolimatech.com




Drop them a email see if it is or not. Maybe find the distance from screw to screw and maybe some one else can let you know maybe ?.
I was still talking about the alpenfohn cooler, not the prolimatech one lol
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