Air Coolers In-Depth
There are all sorts of options for keeping your processor chilled, but air coolers remain the cheapest and easiest and most versatile option.
You can spend between £10 and £100 on an air cooler, and choose huge heatsinks with multiple fans or fan-free models for pure silence. Vast units are ideal for overclocking, and smaller cooler slot inside small-form-factor systems.
Our guide explains how these important components function – and gives you an overview of the entire market. We've also picked out some of our favourite coolers.
Introducing the Alpenföhn Olymp, clocking in at 165mm tall and with a twin tower system using two 140 mm fans. The Olymp is a heavyweight champion providing up to 340W TDP of cooling performance.
Olymp is specifically designed to provide maximum compatibility with tall heat spreaders on performance memory modules. The shape of the Olymp has been carefully considered to allow great airflow to the CPU cooler but also to draw air around the high heat output sections of the mainboard and memory modules.
The new aerodynamically optimized fin geometry already introduced with our ATLAS cooler offers a perfect match with the 2 premium fans and ensures a best possible symbiosis of noise and performance.
A speed of 300rpm up to 1400rpm generates a balanced performance ratio to always offer enough resources for any situation in your system - It´s your choice from maximum overclocking to deep silence!
The included high performance TIM "Permafrost" completes this high-end package and ensures a maximum performance on sockets 2011, 2011-v3, 1366 115x (compatible to Skylake), 775, AM3(+), AM3, AM2(+), AM2 and FM1.
We are first in the UK to list the Alpenfohn Atlas Cooler, this is a brand new premium class twin tower cooler which is designed to offer outstanding performance in Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX systems.
With the dual-asymmetrical design of the two towers, all memory modules can be used – even if they use large/tall heat-spreaders. In addition there is no incompatibility with the PCI-Express slot! The new aerodynamic shape of the fins lead to the highest possible performance using the 2 included 92mm Wing Boost 2 fans.
The convex surface of the base plate improves the thermal contact to the CPU. Especially when using Intel CPUs of the latest Haswell generation. The maximum size of 125mm ensures gives you the highest flexibility in choosing your favourite chassis. The included ultra-high-performance thermal grease Permafrost makes this deal perfect and guarantees the best possible cooling for CPUs in socket 2011, 2011-v3, 1366, 115x, 775, AM3(+), AM3, AM2(+), AM2, FM1 and FM2.