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5 out of 5 eggs Incredible performance compared to the stock Intel CPU fan! 05/26/2013

This review is from: ARCTIC COOLING A7P-75000023 92mm CPU Cooler

Pros:

I picked up over 16 of these units [what can I say, free is hard to resist]! I am not a fan of push pins, so I was somewhat reluctant to even use the heat sink [I am a hard core computer builder that uses much higher end CPU coolers].

I originally picked these up because I like the fans very, very much. These 92mm fans are incredibly quiet, and produce a respectable amount of air flow [36.7 CFM].

The fan has a unique vibration absorption combined with an extremely low noise impeller producing an extremely quiet set up.

I used the fans only on the first couple of units. I modified the bracket so I could use the fan as an extremely quiet PWM controlled case fan. They get the job done and get it done well. I also used one of these fans to cool a GPU in a computer case with less than optimal airflow.

Next I modified one of these Alpine 7 PRO's to serve as a CPU cooler in an min-itx build. I cut off 3.4" off the top so the fan and heat sink would fit in a CM Elete 120 Advonced - Mini-ITX Compoter Cose.

The Intol G2020 idles at 23c, load at 37c, and the fan is inaudible, even when the BIOS kicks up the speed to maximum.

This unit is no match whatsoever for the stock Intol CPU fan. To be honest with you, I am deeply impressed with the Alpine 7 PRO's performance and extremely low noise levels. I was considering spending $40+ on a comparative Zolman CPU copper cooler for the mini-itx build, and now I am totally glad I didn't go that route.

Most people do not realize the fan is suspended on 'dualaxial' rubber shock absorbing posts and then re-suspended on Fluid Dynamic Bearings. That is why Arctic Cooling can offer a 6 year warranty...these units are built to last for many years. Not many manufacturers offer such a warranty because they know the normal sleeve bearing fans will wear out and die 1-3 years of continuous usage. Also, the rubber fan mounts reduce the chance of errant noises, and at the same time absorb or dampen some of the vibrations that are inevitably caused by minor imbalances in the impeller.

If this Alpine 7 PRO goes on sale for free again, I will not hesitate to stock up on more em'. I have yet to find a major fault with them. I find the unique vibration absorption design to be unique, effective, and incredibly quiet.

By floating the impeller alone above the aluminum component, there is no edge of the fan frame for air to flow over...and I know of no other manufacturer that has designed such a well thought out CPU cooler fan mechanism.

Last, and perhaps most important for many people, don't forget these fan are PWM controlled. You can set the speed via the BIOS to literally any level of RPM's your heart desires.

I am one satisfied buyer [or should I say "gift recipient" (remember, these Alpine 7 PRO's have been offered free by NewEgg several times).

Thank you New Egg for making this all possible!

Cons:

Still trying to find a "Con" but haven't found one yet!

Other Thoughts:

This Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro has far surpassed my expectations in literally every way possible. I still find it hard to believe that New Egg keeps offering it free after rebate over, and over again!

One more thing to consider: The cooler stands 84mm tall. Be sure you measure your case if you are using a small form factor!

And remember, you can always modify the heat sink [I cut one 3/4" shorter] to make it work for you in a small mini-itx case.

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  • Dirk B.
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