Monday, January 25th 2016

Arctic Unveils the Alpine M1 Passive CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x

Arctic unveiled a new fan-less CPU cooler for Intel LGA115x sockets, the Alpine M1 Passive. With a rated cooling capacity of 48W (TDP), the cooler is only recommended for dual-core LGA1150 and LGA1151 Core i3, Pentium, Celeron, or energy-efficient Core i5 processors. Its design couldn't get any simpler - a big chunk of aluminium that's ridged to make up fins of the heatsink, with a bulge near the CPU area, with pre-applied thermal paste. Measuring 95 mm x 95 mm x 69 mm (LxDxH), it weighs in at 508 g. Available now, it's priced at 13€. It could prove to be an interesting option for low-power builds that never game.

Source: FanlessTech
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16 Comments on Arctic Unveils the Alpine M1 Passive CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x

#1
9700 Pro
Instant flashback of my old Celeron 600's stock passive heatsink. :)

I just don't get the idea of this, since the stock cooler runs pretty damn quiet with low-power CPUs..
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#2
micropage7
whattt? just fins nothing like heatpipes or something. just flat fins (alot)
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#3
DEcobra11
Lol this is just the am1 heatsink being sold as 115X compatible...
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#4
lZKoce
If one slaps on a fan, it's cooling capacity will rise from the "mere" 48 TDP to what....65 ?
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#5
TheinsanegamerN
Wonder if they will release a copper version? Reminds me of my old P4 cooler, which relied on the case fn and a shroud. Not a bad design, honestly, but copper worked so much better.
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#6
trog100
lZKoce said:
If one slaps on a fan, it's cooling capacity will rise from the "mere" 48 TDP to what....65 ?
probably more i would guess.. a fan stuck on the top should make a big difference but doing so would negate the passive factor which is what the thing is all about..

a big lump of metal with lots of surface area should work okay heat pipes or not..

trog
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#7
natr0n
I would zip tie/tape a fan on there.
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#8
Jizzler
Cool. Like the bolt-through mount, very sturdy.

At 69mm tall, I know a few cases where this will work well (utilize PSU or case air-flow). The price is $12 USD so it's like a builders call-out (i.e. the Iron Chef secret ingredient). How few fans will it take you to keep an i3/i5 at it's turbo speed (or overclock, if going that route) :D
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#9
james888
For those worried that it does not have a fan, this is not a product for you.

natr0n said:
I would zip tie/tape a fan on there.
No, you would buy a different cooler.
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#10
Red_Machine
That's basically the cooler that Dell used for over a decade.
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#11
dorsetknob
TheinsanegamerN said:
Wonder if they will release a copper version? Reminds me of my old P4 cooler, which relied on the case fn and a shroud. Not a bad design, honestly, but copper worked so much better.
I also got a box of the old P4 passive coolers (478 )
they look identical wonder if i can :) pass them off on fleabay as the new cooler :) $5 a pop any :) Takers
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#12
trog100
fitting a fan on top would be easy.. the normal way is simply to use self tapping screws the right size and length.. it is quite a large thing at 95 x 95.. an 80 mm case fan would sit on top nicely.. cheap and neat with the option to fit a fan if needed..

artic do make some pretty good "cheap" coolers.. the i11 and i32 spring to mind..

trog
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#13
red_stapler
Why fit a fan on top when you can have proper front/rear airflow with a duct?
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#14
natr0n
Some of us view things from a modders point of view.
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TheinsanegamerN said:
Wonder if they will release a copper version? Reminds me of my old P4 cooler, which relied on the case fn and a shroud. Not a bad design, honestly, but copper worked so much better.
Actually copper would be worst for fanless heatsink. Yes copper absorbs heat faster than aluminum, but it also retains heat longer than aluminum (aluminum releases heat faster than copper). It's another story if you fit a fan there, copper would work better than aluminum.
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#16
ypsylon
Ahhh heatsinks linke this bring back happy memories of 386 and 486 years. Or later "Blue Zalman" for northbridge kind of cooling.
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