The New Alpine CPU Coolers from ARCTIC


ARCTIC Alpine CPU Cooler Series

With the new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 series, we are updating our portfolio of cost-effective CPU coolers.

The Alpine 12 series is designed for the 115x sockets from Intel, while the Alpine AM4 series is exclusively compatible with the namesake AM4 socket from AMD. Alpine AM4 series, except the Passive, are also backward compatible with AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2 and FM1.

The Alpine 12 Passive and Alpine AM4 Passive, available since summer 2018, are now being supplemented with the launch of the Alpine 12 and Alpine 12 CO. Further versions for AMD and Intel will follow shortly. The older versions Alpine 11, Alpine 20, Alpine 64 and Alpine M1 are end-of-life products that will no longer be produced.

Product Name Max. TDP Compatibility Availability
Alpine 12 95 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 CO 100 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 LP 75W Intel 115x 12 / 2018
Alpine 12 Passive 47 W Intel 115x 07 / 2018
Alpine AM4 95 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 CO 100 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 LP 75 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 Passive 47 W AMD AM4 07 / 2018

 

Newly developed heatsinks

All new Alpine CPU coolers feature newly developed heatsinks.

The passive versions achieve an optimized heat dissipation to the environment through the black anodization of the heatsink. This noticeably increases the cooling performance in a fanless system.

The actively cooled Alpine 12 and AM4 models in turn have a new radial heatsink. The high thermal conductivity of the aluminum is fully retained in a new type of extrusion.

The novel production process makes it possible to produce a powerful and at the same time very compact heatsink. The particularly fine cooling fins of the new Alpine coolers are fanned out in a Y-shape. This increases the surface area of the heatsink and also improves the cooling performance.

 

Affordable CPU cooler for AMD and Intel

All actively cooled Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 models use our advanced, PWM-controlled fan technology. As a result, all Alpine coolers run very efficiently, with low power consumption and at the same time within a very wide RPM range. In addition, the new Alpine series supports a 0 dB mode – if the a PWM signal drops below 5%, the fans turn off, ensuring absolutely silent cooling of the CPU.

All new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 CPU coolers are delivered with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound. This guarantees a quick and easy installation.

Anodization of CPU Coolers

Black, slim and surprisingly powerful for a passive CPU cooler: The undoubtedly most striking feature of the new ARCTIC Alpine Passive coolers is the black heat sink. Unlike the thermal coating of the Freezer 33 eSports family, however, this is not a thermal coating, but the color is created by anodization.

But what is this and how does it work?

Anodic oxidation is a special process in which the object to be treated is placed in a conductive liquid and this liquid is connected to a voltage source. The object to be treated is one of the poles, the opposite pole is usually another, non-rusting metal such as lead, aluminum or stainless steel.

To color the Alpine Passive, the conductive liquid is accompanied by black dye, which accumulates in the oxidation process in the pores of the aluminum.

The advantage: It forms an extremely dense, micro-porous and dust-free barrier layer, which additionally functions as an electric insulator.

Up to 3 °C better cooling performance

For the end-user, this complex process brings one major advantage:

The black anodization ensures improved heat dissipation in fanless operation.

Due to the changed surface structure, micro turbulences occur during heat radiation which lead to a higher cooling capacity.

Compared to other passive coolers of the same size, but without anodization, the ARCTIC Alpine Passive is doing very well: Internal tests showed an improved cooling performance of up to 3 °C. It should be noted here that this improved cooling performance is limited to the passive mode. If a fan provides an active airflow, the improved passive heat dissipation wont have the same effect.

For quiet PC systems

The passive cooler works absolutely silently and cools processors up to 35 W TDP – with optimal air circulation in the case even up to 47 W TDP – effectively.

The ARCTIC Alpine 12 and AM4 Passive are therefore particularly suitable for computers that should be as quiet as possible, such as HTPCs.

ARCTIC 2018: Facelifts and product launches

Is the new AIO going to get launched soon? When do the ARCTIC coolers start blinking? We are often confronted with some interesting questions about ARCTIC’s technologies and product development. As we like to provide you with some first-hand information, we asked our Technical Director Vincent Andre some tricky questions. So what is our R&D department actually up to?

Can you first tell us about your role @Arctic?

Vincent Andre
Technical Director

My role at ARCTIC has multiple aspects, first, I am the head of the R&D department; bringing the projects from mere concept to reality. It all starts with the product’s functional concept, which is followed by developing an attractive design by our Industrial Designer. Then, our team of skilled engineers develops the mechanical structure and electronic board by using the latest CAD tools. We fine-tune the design by simulating the product performance by computer. As simulation can be thrown off by the slightest configuration deviation, we always double confirm the finalized design with prototypes. Our R&D centre in Hong-Kong has numerous testing equipment to verify all aspects of our products. Afterwards, the purchasing and NPI teams will take care of the last leg of the product development, which is defining the right suppliers and helping them to get the production line ready for mass production, Additional they make sure the quality requirements are followed and every detail is done right.

Besides that, I overview the IT development of the company either internally concerning new equipment and software or externally concerning our website. Lastly, together with Magnus Huber, our CEO and Peter Jankowski, our Sales Director, we define the company’s strategy.

 

Are there some interesting product launches planned for this year?

Yes, definitely.

Our Alpine family, the low-end part of our CPU coolers will soon undergo a total facelift. The aim is to better supply the AMD segment, now relived with Ryzen, but as well to make the product choice for our customers more clear and concise.

Our Freezer family will as well continue to expand in both air coolers and liquid coolers. The existing models will also continue to evolve in order to offer our users the latest performance gain that our engineers identified.

Our fans series will as well be extended with quite a few new models.

Finally yet importantly, on the VGA cooling front, we are now working on a cooler that offers excellent performance. It keeps a GTX 1080 Ti in thirties degrees C, and the VRM in the fifties. We are working with some partners to make it available soon.

Can you tell us some news concerning technical solutions of ARCTIC products?

We have been working lately on improving our cooler performance further, while maintaining their production cost. I am happy to report already that we are successful in this regard and achieved significant progress on all types of coolers. So in 2018, expect to see ARCTIC’s products going higher in the performance charts while remaining in the lower price segment. That is what we believe in ARCTIC: Performance comes at a cost, yes, but that cost can be controlled!

Design and visuality play an important role for gamers. How are ARCTIC products going to look like in the coming years?

Well, it is honestly difficult to predict years ahead of time, but as our latest Freezer 33 eSports Edition/One and TR showed, we are now putting more effort in the cosmetics of our products. But there is a catch. We saw lately a lot of products where the design is greatly improved but impede the performance, the biggest example being the Tempered Glass PC cases with their “fan-choking” designs. We at ARCTIC do not want to lose any performance and therefore, we take our time to get the solution heavily tested so that this kind of perils do not happen. We also want to do it right, some RGB products we saw lately are simply improvable, they have limited configuration, the light is unevenly spread etc. We believe that having a new design feature should be implemented fully, not just added as a last minute change. That’s why ARCTIC products have no RGB… yet.

AMDs new Ryzen Raven Ridge Processors

At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, AMD unveiled their new power-efficient Ryzen-based APUs for mobile as well as desktop devices.

Officially titled “AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics”, the first announced products of this lineup were the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G. Both processors have 4 CPU cores, but the Ryzen 5 version has 8 threads, whereas the Ryzen 3 has only 4 threads. The TDP of both processors is 65 W.

The graphics cards have a total of 11 Compute Units (CU) in the Ryzen 5 2400G and 8 CUs in the Ryzen 3 2200G.

The new AMD Ryzen Desktop APU will be available from February 12th on.

AMD Ryzen Desktop Prozessor mit Radeon Vega Graphics

The APU combines the Ryzen CPU and the new AMD Radeon Vega GPU on one chip, eliminating the need for additional external graphics solution for simple gaming and office tasks.

The performance of the graphics chip is comparable to an entry level graphics cards – thereby the APU will not allow gaming in maximum details with 4K resolution for modern and more demanding titles.

The new AMD processors with integrated graphics unit are an interesting option for system builders and users with lower gaming requirements, who up until now could only take Intel’s CPUs, which have included graphics chips for several generations.

Full compatibility for ARCTIC CPU Cooler

As the new AMD APUs use the existing socket AM4, all ARCTIC CPU coolers for AM4 are of course still compatible.

Depending on the budget and intended use, we offer numerous suitable CPU coolers for AMD’s new processors, from budget models like the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 and the Freezer 12 to the powerful Freezer 33 eSports Edition with two BioniX 120mm fans.

Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs: Increased Thermal Load

With Coffee Lake, Intel has recently released its eighth processor generation. As part of the launch of the new generation of processors, a new chipset the Z370 has also been introduced.

While CPU coolers as offered by ARCTIC are still compatible thanks to the same mechanical socket, switching to the new Coffee Lake Processors requires a new mainboard due to its new chipset.

Motherboards with older chipsets (like Z270 / H310 / H370 / B360) are no longer compatible with Intel Coffee Lake processors despite the mechanically identical socket.

Up to 100 Watts extra load

The German magazine c’t examined four new motherboards with the chipset Z370 in a test in issue 23/2017. They discovered that in their default settings all motherboards overclock and operate the processors outside Intel’s specifications. The following mainboards were tested:

  • Asrock Z370 Extreme4
  • Asus PrimeZ370-A
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Intel’s restrictions regarding the turbo boost (concerning, for example, power supply and multipliers) are circumvented by all tested motherboards and result in a significant additional thermal stress.

In the case of Intel’s latest flagship model, the i7 8700K, it can lead to an increased power consumption of up to an additional 100 W. This causes a noticeably elevated temperature of the processor and requires a cooling solution that can cover this power peak.

Even if Intel officially states a TDP of 95 watts for the current top model 8700K, when using one of the mentioned motherboards under full load, a cooling solution for up to 180 W may be necessary. Alternatively, the default overclocking has to be deactivated in the BIOS.

 Powerful CPU Cooler necessary

We advise all users of Intel’s Coffee Lake and their K CPUs to pay attention to this extra thermal load via overclocking when choosing their cooler, or alternatively to disable the automated overclocking in the BIOS.

How to cool AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors?

The Ryzen Threadripper is the new CPU from AMD for high-end systems – which possibilities do you have to efficiently cool a CPU with up to 16 cores?

Up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 4,096 pins, 64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR4 RAM and 180 W TDP: The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper are very powerful CPU and with sufficient reserves even for demanding tasks.

The physical dimension of the Threadripper alone show the need for a powerful cooling solution. With the mentioned 4,096 pins the CPUs are significantly larger than other processors for private use.

Due to the size the new SocketTR4 was developed with its own chipset, X399. Cooling solutions, which still fit on equally new AMD AM4 socket, can’t be mounted on sTR4 Mainboards.

With prices starting at 800 EUR, the CPUs are not a bargain, but they are among the most powerful processors a home user can currently buy. Threadripper Processors promise excellent performance in particularly when multiple CPU Cores are needed, e.g. for gaming, video rendering, and other demanding applications.

But how to cool such large and powerful processors effectively?

Adjusted CPU Cooler needed

Because of the larger design, conventional CPU air coolers, which are compatible with AMD’s AM4 Socket and are designed for regular Ryzen processors, won’t fit the sTR4 for Threadripper CPUs.

Threadripper CPU coolers can, however, usually also be mounted and used on Ryzen processors in the AM4 socket.

Due to the high performance and the resulting high heat level of about 180 W TDP, AMD conducted extensive tests to check the compatibility of the cooling solutions available on the market.

The list of AMD certified Tthreadripper CPU coolers can be found here.

Threadripper CPU Cooler from ARCTIC

Since we are a close partner of AMD, a mounting kit for our CPU coolers of the Liquid Freezer series are provided with each Threadripper CPU. This allows the Liquid Frezer 120, Liquid Freezer 240 and Liquid Freezer 360 to be used to cool Threadripper CPUs.

ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

Threadripper certified: The new ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

If, on the other hand, you prefer regular air cooling for Threadripper, we recommend our newly developed Freezer 33 TR. It is designed for CPU with a TDP of up to 200 W.

The Liquid Freezer 240, 360 and the Freezer 33 TR are also certified by AMD as a cooling solution for Threadripper Processors.

So if you are interested in the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and wonder how it can cool it effectively and quietly, we from ARCTIC provide powerful yet silent Threadripper CPU Cooler.

 

Compact but strong – ARCTIC presents Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO

COMPACT BUT STRONG – ARCTIC PRESENTS FREEZER 12 AND FREEZER 12 CO

Semi passive and virtually silent Tower CPU Coolers for small systems

With the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO, ARCTIC now offers two compact CPU coolers, which are multi-compatible and also suitable for the AMD Ryzen AM4 socket. The successors of the Freezer 11 series convince all along the line with regards to noise level, cooling capacity, mounting versatility and transport-proofness. As semi passive coolers, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO also work extremely efficiently as the fan only starts up at a PWM signal with 40 % pulse width.

The fan runs only when it is actually needed, i.e. with increased CPU utilization. In combination with the vibration absorption rubber mounts of the fan, this leads to almost silent operation even at its maximum cooling performance of 150 watts. The 92 mm fan provides an improved air flow, three double sided direct touch heat pipes and 45 aluminum fins ensure an optimal heat dissipation and an excellent cooling power. Unlike the predecessor Freezer 11 series, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO are multi-compatible and fit Intel sockets as well as AMD AM4.

The Freezer 12 CO is specifically designed for continuous operation. With its high-precision dual ball bearing, the cooler lasts five times as long as other coolers with standard bearings.

Main Features Freezer 12 / Freezer 12 CO
• Compatible with Intel & AMD socket
• Passive Operation up to 40 % PWM
• Improved airflow for more efficient cooling performance
• Offset heat pipes ensure optimal heat dissipation
• Improved fan controller made in Germany
• Anti-vibration rubbers for quiet operation
• Installation in all four directions possible
• Transport-proof mounting with backplate
• MX-4 thermal paste included

For the sake of the environment, ARCTIC provides the manuals for the new product line online only:
Freezer 12 | Freezer 12 CO

EXTENSIVE COMPATIBILITY WITH AMD RYZEN
The bulk of our CPU coolers is already compatible to the
AM4-socket. An overview is available on our Website.

15 Years of Expertise

ARCTIC does not only play in the top league of the cooling specialists ever since, ARCTIC initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs and left a distinct mark. In 2001 the Swiss engineer and company founder Magnus Huber has determined to fight against loud computers – today, the still privately-owned company with locations in Germany, Hong Kong and the USA offers one of the world’s largerst ranges of CPU and GPU coolers. Maximum compatibility, first-class performance and lowest volume convince enthusiasts in over 45 countries around the globe. With the competence of an unique expert knowledge from 15 years of (pc) noise minimization ARCTIC is building out its portfolio through high-quality sound products and office equipment.

                 

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