Wednesday, May 23rd 2018

Arctic Intros AMD-friendly Alpine Passive AM4 CPU Heatsink

When Arctic launched the Alpine 12 Passive earlier this week, we wondered why the company couldn't make it AM4-friendly by simply aligning its mount-holes for the AMD socket. Its answer is the new Alpine Passive AM4. This heatsink is slightly bigger than the Alpine 12 Passive, measuring 99 mm x 99 mm x 70 mm (as opposed to 95 mm x 95 mm x 69 mm), and has rectangular mount holes corresponding to the AM4 socket.

The bump at the base appears to be more pronounced, too. If that's not all, it's also heavier, at 557 g, versus 508 g of the Alpine 12 Passive; and yet, its TDP rating remains unchanged - recommended for 35W TDP chips, with 48W being the thermal limit. Your AMD Ryzen choices matching those requirements, for now, are limited to the Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE, with their TDP rated bang at 35W. The heatsink features a pre-applied slab of MX-5 compound. The heatsink could be priced around $15, and like its Intel-friendly sibling, is backed by a 6-year warranty.
Source: FanlessTech
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6 Comments on Arctic Intros AMD-friendly Alpine Passive AM4 CPU Heatsink

#1
RejZoR
While passive, I can see an easy way of screwing in basically any fan up to 90mm into the fins, turning passive cooler into fairly capable active cooled one. At like stupid low RPM and it would still be efficient.
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Dammeron
RejZoR, post: 3845859, member: 1515"
While passive, I can see an easy way of screwing in basically any fan up to 90mm into the fins, turning passive cooler into fairly capable active cooled one. At like stupid low RPM and it would still be efficient.
Fairly capable? This design should've died 15 years ago.

Let me guess - it's next version will have a round copper core on the bottom. How do I know? Cause we've all seen it before...
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ironwolf
Interesting that they left out mention of all the 35W Bristol Ridge AM4 APUs... Not that I could honestly see someone buying one of these for those APUs.
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#4
GC_PaNzerFIN
6 years warranty for a piece of metal, lol? :laugh:
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lexluthermiester
Dammeron, post: 3845936, member: 150201"
Fairly capable? This design should've died 15 years ago.
Your opinion, not shared by everyone. There are many situations and usage scenario's where passive cooling is required/desired.
Dammeron, post: 3845936, member: 150201"
Let me guess - it's next version will have a round copper core on the bottom. How do I know? Cause we've all seen it before...
Just because it's an older concept doesn't mean it's outdated or useless. Your narrow-mindedness is showing..
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Caring1
Dammeron, post: 3845936, member: 150201"
Let me guess - it's next version will have a round copper core on the bottom. How do I know? Cause we've all seen it before...
More likely a rectangular copper base as most CPU's seem to be heading that way, I have yet to see a round one.
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