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Alpenföhn Brocken 3: Very Quiet CPU Cooler for Warm Summer Days

Design

The asymmetrical design of the Alpenföhn Brocken 3 guarantees that the tower CPU cooler is compatible with almost any RAM. The aerodynamically optimized fins are designed to ensure a good airflow generated by a 140mm Wing-Boost 3-series fan. Five nickel-plated copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6 mm connect the aluminium blades with the copper base plate. For even better cooling performance, an additional fan can be mounted on the Alpenföhn Brocken 3 – assuming sufficient space. The supplied fan has a 4-pin PWM connector so that the rotation speed is automatically adjusted to the required cooling capacity.

Assembly & Power

The assembly (in this case on an AM4 mainboard) is child’s play. In addition to the good operating instructions, you can also find assembly videos on the manufacturer’s page. On the following photos you can see the assembly process. First, the backplate is prepared by inserting the four backplate screws through the corresponding hole on the backplate and fixing them with the help of the plastic clips. The screws are then inserted through the openings in the mainboard. On some (AMD) motherboards, the pre-assembled cooler bracket may have to be unscrewed.

The spacers must now be pushed onto the screws inserted from behind before the AMD mounting frame is mounted using knurled screws. If the mounting frame is firmly screwed, the heat-conducting paste can be applied and the protective film removed from the base plate.

Now only the CPU cooler has to be fixed with two screws. When putting on the cooler, pay attention to the orientation: the side for the fan should point to the RAM. To tighten the screw under the fins, the screwdriver supplied is inserted through the hole in the radiator cover. Now only the fan has to be fixed and after connecting the fan cable to the fan header on the mainboard the CPU cooler is ready for use.

The TDP of 220 watts specified for the Alpenföhn Brocken 3 cools the CPU very well even under full load, in idle and when gambling the fan of the CPU cooler is not audible.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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