Friday, September 30th 2011

Alpenfohn Announces K2 Twin-Tower CPU Cooler

Alpenföhn is aiming at the performance crown under the CPU coolers with the K2. For this, Alpenföhn is employing two cooling towers and ships the unit with two, potent Wing Boost fans. The middle fan with 140 mm is intended to keep the air flow at a maximum, while the smaller 120 mm unit in front is meant to offer maximal compatibility to modern mainboards, while still providing impressive air flow. Those wanting to go even further may install a third fan in the rear of the cooler. The Alpenföhn K2 CPU cooler is available immediately at Caseking.

The cooler utilizes an incredible amount of materials with a massive weight of 1050 grams. Using more mass does not simply equate to greater performance, as only an intelligent use of such will make for a great cooler and this is something the Alpenföhn engineers are certainly experts in. Eight heatpipes are embedded in a Copper, with both aspects featuring a high-quality Nickel plating. On top of that, all contact points between cooling fins, heatpipes and ground plate feature high-quality solder points to maximize the potential of the K2.

To dissipate the heat from the CPU, the fine and numerous Aluminum fins offer an incredibly large surface area and the ability to install up to three fans. Alpenföhn ships the K2 with a 120 and larger 140 mm of the award winning Wing Boost cooling fans, which offer maximal air pressure in combination with an incredibly quiet operating noise. These fans feature a unique blade design and rubberized surface, virtually eliminating vibration at the source. While the Wing Boost series is available in black/blue and black/orange variants, Alpenföhn is currently only shipping the black/white version with exclusively with the K2 cooler.

Both fans utilize PWM functionality, allowing for flexible adjustment of the rotation speed. As most mainboards only offer a single PWM connector for the CPU cooler, the included splitter enables to proper monitoring of both fans with a single such plug. At the slowest setting the 120 mm fan produces inaudible 8 dB(A) noise levels, while the 140 mm variant is just as quiet with 10 dB(A). But even at full throttle both manage to impress with an extremely quiet 25 dB(A) rating, while pushing 104m³/h and 108m³/h of air respectively.

On top of that, the Alpenföhn K2 implements a modern fin design, which is not only great to look at. but also results in a clean air flow, further reducing the overall noise level. Besides the pair of fans, mounting systems for all modern sockets from AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1) and Intel (775, 1155, 1156, 1366) along with a backplate for a proper and worry-free installation, ship with the massive cooler.

The Alpenföhn K2 CPU Cooler - 120/140mm is available immediately for a price of 74.90 Euro at www.caseking.de.
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27 Comments on Alpenfohn Announces K2 Twin-Tower CPU Cooler

#2
Jegergrim
Aye, will this even fit ontop of CPU's that are square?
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Jegergrim
Aye, will this even fit ontop of CPU's that are square?
yeah but only the 4 middle heat pipes will actually do something :roll:

they should have stacked the heatpipes on top of each other in the middle like Scythes new cooler design they announced
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#4
Breit
whats wrong with noctuas nh-d14? this looks very similar to me... what does that say about these 'engineers'? :rolleyes:
even the price is close... i just don't get it! start inventing boys!
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#6
hhumas
it has w16 cooling solution :p
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#8
Kantastic
Aren't the new 8-core BDs going to be rectangular? Or were those only the Opterons?
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#9
pantherx12
by: Kantastic
Aren't the new 8-core BDs going to be rectangular? Or were those only the Opterons?
Only the opterons, fits in an am3 sized socket so has to be square.
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#10
pr0n Inspector
same thing over and over again. this industry is hopeless.
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#11
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If I were a heatsink designer, I would use an expansion chamber to increase the effective area for heatpipes, and then pack in 10 or 12 pipes on top of that. Also, the fins would be electrostatic fans.

There's probably a reason I'm not employed as an HSF designer.
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#12
bear jesus
This looks like it could be a great cooler, also with the large base it looks like it could be great for sandy bridge E, although the lack of any mention of LGA2011 support worry's me as to weather another mounting kit would be needed.

by: nvidiaintelftw
yeah but only the 4 middle heat pipes will actually do something :roll:

they should have stacked the heatpipes on top of each other in the middle like Scythes new cooler design they announced
Going by the results of previous products from scythe with stacked heat pipes that sounds like a pretty bad idea, plus having the copper base plate should mean the heat spreads well enough to the outer heat pipes that it would not matter much if heat pipes are not directly above CPU heat spreader, it's not like it's a heat pipe direct touch base.
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#13
tomkaten
Pretty soon we'll be needing a college diploma to assemble these behemoths.
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#15
Athlonite
Frack :eek: WTF if you need something this big to cool your uber CPU then you need to start thinking about water cooling:p
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#16
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Athlonite
Frack :eek: WTF if you need something this big to cool your uber CPU then you need to start thinking about water cooling:p
True but there is always that reliability variable with water cooling.
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#17
Prima.Vera
2 coolers? hmmm...neah, to noisy.. :nutkick:
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#18
Fourstaff
by: Prima.Vera
2 coolers? hmmm...neah, to noisy.. :nutkick:
Huh? Noctua D14 is one of the quietest coolers out there, and it shares the same form factor as this one.
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Fourstaff
Huh? Noctua D14 is one of the quietest coolers out there, and it shares the same form factor as this one.
yep, it's all about the fans themselves not the number of them
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#20
Athlonite
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
True but there is always that reliability variable with water cooling.
you also get a reliability factor on fans aswell believe me I've had two on two different HIS HD5770's go poo 1st one 9 months 2nd one 6 months cheap n nasty Chinese made fans the both of them
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#21
Chappy
After seeing this? I want to become a Heatsink Designer... ;)

A Block of pure copper would perform better than this... :D
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#23
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Athlonite
you also get a reliability factor on fans aswell believe me I've had two on two different HIS HD5770's go poo 1st one 9 months 2nd one 6 months cheap n nasty Chinese made fans the both of them
That sucks, time to buy a better brand next time.:toast:
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#24
Athlonite
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
That sucks, time to buy a better brand next time.:toast:
:toast:

problem there is (though I do agree with you) cost it's usually around $20~30 more for the same tech remember the HD5770's that all came out with the stupid egg shaped cooler and just about every manufacturer had one in it's range well they all used the same fan (unless there were different versions of the fan that look the same but were better)
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#25
pantherx12
by: Chappy
After seeing this? I want to become a Heatsink Designer... ;)

A Block of pure copper would perform better than this... :D
Really? It's pretty much the same design as any other twin tower cooler, the best air coolers you can get :S

And the fins are that way so air enters the array at different times meaning less pressure loss, less noise generated etc.

It's decent design for a heatsink.
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