If you spent around $100 on your CPU you are unlikely to want to spend a large percentage of that again on a high powered third party heatsink but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the cooler in the retail package. Arctic Cooling’s Alpine 64 Plus stands 69mm x 99mm x 116mm making it perfect for smaller systems and weighs in at only 430g as well. The price is something you will love, the MSRP is $15 which should sit within anyone’s budget. FrostyTech tried it out on their testbench and as you might expect it did not top the cooling charts but did perform adequately and it was one of the quietest active coolers they’ve tested.
"With the release of AMD’s socket FM1 Fusion A8-3850 processors late last year there’s been a growing need for inexpensive yet relatively quiet CPU coolers of moderate power. The ‘Llano’ processor only has a 100W TDP and costs just over $120 bucks, so expensive tower heatpipe coolers can be a little bit of an overkill. Arctic Cooling’s Alpine 64 Plus heatsink is one economical option to consider; it’s rated for 100W and stands 70mm tall so it fits in most media PC cases with ease."
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Thanks for the heads up. I’m
Thanks for the heads up. I’m just building an AMD based HTPC, and might want to replace the stock fan at some point, so a low profile, quiet and inexpensive cooler is good to know about. That said, the review wasn’t all that informative because it only tested at 125W.
By the way, 69″ x 99″ x 116″
By the way, 69″ x 99″ x 116″ is the size of the version designed for supercomputers. Should be in mm.
Hmmm, and doesn’t look like
Hmmm, and doesn’t look like it’s available to buy yet.
You should be able to get it
You should be able to get it directly from Arctic Cooling, but no sign on NewEgg