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Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro AMD Heatsink Review
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro AMD Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro is just such heatsink: ideal for mainstream CPUs that don't exceed 90W TDP.... so long as the fan speed stays at 2000RPM.

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Arctic Cooling   Cooling / Heatsinks   Oct 11, 2009   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
AMD Phenom II, Athlon II/64/FX/X2, Sempron class heatsinks
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 125W heat load on the K8 version of the Mk.II Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 939/940/754 & AM2/AM2+/AM3 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

3Rsystem iceage 120 Boss II high 11.2 49.9
Thermalright Ultra-120 12.4 53.7
Spire Thermax II (SP67951) high 12.9 57.8
Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer high 13.2 51.3
Coolermaster V8 high 13.4 52.6
DeepCool Ice Blade Pro high 13.7 46.1
Xigmatek DK-S1283 high 13.8 49.6
Titan TTC-NK85TZ high 14.0 58.6
Thermolab BARAM 14.0 53.0
SilenX iXtrema IXC-120HA2 high 14.1 52.9
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 high 14.2 50.7
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus high 14.4 50.1
Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE high 14.4 44.2
Evercool HPJ-12025 Transformer 4 14.7 38.9
Kingwin XT-1264 high 14.7 45.5
CoolIT Domino ALC high 14.7 60.2
DeepCool Killer Whale Premium high 14.9 52.5
Akasa Nero AK967 high 15.0 39.3
Scythe KAMA Angle high 15.1 43.3
Coolermaster Hyper Z600 15.1 47.7
Coolink Silentator high 15.2 41.2
Vantec VAF-1225 Aeroflow FX 120 high 15.3 54.2
DeepCool Killer Whale high 15.3 53.5
Scythe Mugen 15.3 46.0
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro high 15.4 59.7
Zerotherm FZ120 high 15.5 47.6
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 15.5 44.5
OCZ Vendetta 2 high 15.7 41.9
AVC Black Samurai high 15.9 56.7
Xigmatek HDT-S983 high 15.9 52.7
Xigmatek S1284 Achilles high 16.0 42.7
3Rsystem Iceage 120 high 16.1 47.9
EKL GroB Clock'ner Blue Ed. high 16.2 42.4
Xigmatek HDT-SD964 high 16.3 57.2
EKL GroB Clock'ner 16.5 40.6
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 16.5 56.5
Zalman CNPS9700NT high 16.6 52.2
Xigmatek Thors Hammer S126384 16.7 46.4
Cooler Master Hyper Z600 Black Label high 16.7 49.2
Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000 16.7 37.8
Tuniq Tower 120 high 16.9 51.6
Ibuypower IBP-Z001 high 16.9 61.7
OCZ Gladiator Max high 17.1 42.9
Nexus HOC-9000 high 17.0 43.0
AVC Z7U7414001 (stock AM2) high 17.0 63.0
Coolermaster Hyper 212 17.2 45.9
Noctua NH-U12P high 17.3 40.7
Zalman CNPS9900 LED high 17.5 57.5
Noctua NH-U12 17.5 45.4
Gigabyte GH-PCU23-VE high 17.5 65.6
Thermaltake V1 high 17.6 59.6
Thermaltake MaxOrb high 17.7 57.4
Vantec VAF-9225 Aeroflow FX92 high 17.9 57.9
Thermalright Ultra-90 high 18.2 56.2
Coolermaster GeminII S high 18.3 49.6
OCZ Vendetta high 18.4 52.8
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX high 18.6 56.5
Gigabyte G-Power Pro high 18.6 71.9
Enzotech Ultra-X high 18.7 59.1
Noctua NH-U9 18.8 58.4
Noctua NH-C12P high 19.2 40.4
Zalman CNPS8700 LED high 19.5 48.1
Evercool Buffalo HPEA-10025 19.5 50.2
Titan Cool Idol TTC-NK75TZ high 19.6 56.3
Apack Zerotherm BTF92 OC Ed high 19.7 53.6
Cooljag Falcon 92-AL high 19.8 52.1
DeepCool IceWing 5 Pro high 19.9 53.2
Akasa AK-876 high 20.0 48.2
Xigmatek HDT-S963 high 20.1 50.2
Akasa AK-920 high 20.2 52.9
Evercool Transformer 6 high 20.3 51.6
Thermaltake SpinQ high 20.4 50.9
Scythe Mine Rev.B 20.4 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 20.4 52.8
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 high 20.5 49.2
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 20.5 52.1
Coolermaster Hyper6 high 20.5 54.7
Scythe Zipang 2 20.8 37.7
Gelid Silent Spirit high 20.8 48.5
Asus Arctic Square high 20.9 38.3
Coolermaster Hyper N520 21.2 49.0
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 21.3 51.9
Scythe Andy Samuri Master SCASM-1000 21.5 38.4
Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Ed. high 21.5 50.2
Asus Silent Knight 2 high 21.7 46.2
Asus Silent Square EVO high 21.7 42.8
Thermaltake Venus 12 high 21.7 68.1
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010 high 21.8 52.7
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM high 21.9 52.3
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 high 22.0 56.0
Thermalright SI-128SE 22.0 44.5
Cooljag SFO-Q high 22.2 60.6
Zalman CNPS9300AT high 22.5 55.5
ASUS Triton 77 high 22.7 41.2
Noctua NH-U9B high 22.8 41.9
ASUS Starice high 22.8 67.4
Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 high 23.0 53.2
Asus Lionsquare high 23.1 44.7
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 23.2 50.9
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 high 23.2 59.2
Scythe Zipang 23.3 33.1
Thermaltake Polo 735 high 23.4 68.0
Asus Triton 79 Amazing 23.5 44.3
Cooljag SFO-H high 23.6 60.6
Alpha PAL-8150 23.7 58.9
Zalman CNPS9500 LED high 23.8 50.3
Thermaltake ISGC-200 high 23.9 48.7
3Rsystem Iceage 90 24.2 47.2
Verax Helado 24.3 36.3
Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Silent 24.4 43.4
Auras SLC-747 high 24.6 52.2
AVC Z7U3301001 (stock 939) high 24.6 59.9
Zalman CNPS8000 high 24.8 57.4
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra high 24.8 63.0
Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED high 25.0 50.9
Scythe Kama Cross 25.1 40.0
Coolage Frozen Orb 2924HDC high 25.3 56.0
Thermaltake DuOrb 25.6 49.5
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 25.8 47.5
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent 26.0 35.5
OCZ Tempest 26.0 51.6
Scythe Shogun high 26.0 45.9
Scythe Big Shuriken high 26.2 39.6
Scythe Orochi SCORC-1000 26.2 27.8
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 26.3 53.7
Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX high 26.3 45.9
EKL V8 high 26.3 57.5
Rosewill RCX-Z3 high 26.5 58.6
Auras CTC-868 (closed) 26.6 48.7
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 26.6 60.4
Zalman FS-C77 26.7 56.5
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro high 26.9 56.7
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 27.0 50.7
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro high 27.0 62.5
nPowerTek NPH-Big K8 27.8 54.0
Auras LPT-709 27.9 43.9
Akasa AK-922 (EVObue) high 27.9 60.3
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED high 28.1 49.8
Akasa AK-873 high 28.2 59.2
Scythe Katana II 28.3 37.9
Spire SP601B3 28.3 48.9
Cooljag JYC 8A03A high 28.5 50.6
Scythe Ninja Mini 28.5 41.7
Glacialtech UFO V51 Silent 28.7 42.4
Ajigo MF064-074 high 28.8 60.3
Gigabyte 3D-Rocket 28.9 50.7
Vantec Mach1 high 29.2 56.9
Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB high 29.4 56.1
Thermalright SLK-948U 29.4 58.8
CoolJag SFO-D(18SC) 29.6 64.0
Akasa Revo (horizontal) high 30.1 44.5
Antazone AS-C1000 30.2 57.6
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 30.5 43.9
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu high 30.3 45.2
Dynatron SK-V24 30.3 56.4
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro high 30.6 46.4
Verax Quattro 1 high 30.7 55.4
Xigmatek AIO-S80DP high 30.7 55.0
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu high 31.0 45.2
Coolermaster Hyper48 31.7 43.6
Rosewill RCX-Z1 high 31.9 54.1
Scythe Kama SCKK1000 31.9 47.5
Scythe Shuriken high 32.0 38.2
Scythe Samurai SCSM1000 high 32.1 51.6
Zalman CNPS7000B-CU high 32.3 44.9
Thermaltake Silentboost K8 32.3 49.7
3Rsystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini 33.1 35.4
Jetart JAX801 33.2 53.5
Dynatron A22 34.5 44.5
nPowertek NPH K8-1 34.6 52.2
Ajigo MF043-044 (stock 754) 35.0 45.4
Glacialtech Igloo 7321 Silent E 35.7 41.0
Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TC 37.5 55.5
Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-BL 37.7 42.0
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C 38.4 60.2
Asus Triton 75 38.6 49.6
Glacialtech Igloo 7312 Silent E 38.7 41.1
Titan TTC-K8ATB/825/SC 38.7 63.1
Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent 39.4 36.5
Akasa AK-860SF 39.4 45.2
Asus Triton 85 high 41.5 41.1
Evercool K802-715 42.1 51.5
AMA Serac 770 42.3 42.1
Spire SP741B3 43.2

45.6

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP 45.3 42.6
Glacialtech Igloo 7223 Light E 45.5 42.3
Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light 46.6 37.7
Evercool Magic Cooler 46.6 55.5
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro low 79.2 36.3
125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 125W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test results clearly place the Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro heatsink in an 'average' class of AMD heatsinks. Given the simple extruded aluminum construction and 95mm fan, this is hardly surprising. That being said, the heatsink does offer reasonable temperatures at stock fan speed, but clearly we're pushing it beyond the design specs considering it's rated for a 90W heat load.

With a 125W heat load applied, the Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro heatsink maintains a temperature of 30.6°C over ambient at default fan speed (2000RPM). Under these conditions it generates a moderately audible 46.4dBA noise.

When fan speed is reduced to a low of 500RPM, the Alpine 64 Pro is no longer able to function in a situation already pushing it beyond its acceptable design envelope. At that fan speed the Alpine 64 Pro maintains an unsatisfactory rise over ambient temperature of 79.2°C - effectively it fails. Noise levels fall to 36.3 dBA, but that's a moot point.

Bottom line, the Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro heatsink is suitable for processors with a thermal design power of 90W or less, and average for AMD processors pushing the 125W design envelope, so long as fan speed is maintained at 2000RPM. At full fan speed the Alpine 64 Pro runs pretty quietly so Frostytech would suggest limiting its use to AMD Athlon II or AMD's energy efficient 65W processors and leave the Phenom II's to more capable CPU coolers.

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 2:  360° View - Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro Heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Sound Measurement
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