Alpenföhn Matterhorn CPU Cooler Review

Editor: Sahil Mannick  Date: 25-06-11   3 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

Product on Review: Alpenföhn Matterhorn
Manufacturer and Sponsor: Alpenföhn
MSRP: Not listed
Street Price: £45.95


When purchasing a new cooler, Alpenföhn may not be the first name that springs to mind. After all, the like of Noctua and Thermalright have dominated our charts for a long time and offer performance enthusiasts crave for. However, Alpenföhn should not be overlooked because they have proven to be very competitive in the past when they gave us the Nordwand. It was the one of the few air cooler alternatives that could outperform Noctua’s then flagship NH-U12P SE1366. Alpenföhn are looking at repeating history but the question is whether the Matterhorn’s design is enough to match the mighty Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. Unlike the latter two, the Matterhorn is a single tower cooler that aims to deliver better performance through its unique fin design and six 6mm heat pipes. Coupled with one Föhn 120 Wing Boost fan and priced at around £45, it also faces stiff challenge from the likes of the Thermaltake Frio which is priced lower and bundles two fans.

Alpenföhn have continued the trend of naming their CPU coolers after famous mountains, the Matterhorn namesake originating from the Alpine mountain on the border between Switzerland and Italy. If mountain height is any indication of performance, then the Matterhorn (4478m) should be the Nordwand’s (2866m) worthy successor. Geography lesson aside, the Matterhorn is also sold under the Deepcool Gamer Storm branding. Co-developed by both Alpenföhn and Deepcool, it promises a product engineered for the ultimate performance. Those outside of Europe will be more familiar with the Deepcool brand as Alpenföhn only operate in Europe. Alpenföhn themselves are a branch of EKL that targets gamers and enthusiasts in the consumer market rather than OEM solutions which the parent company focuses primarily on.

Let’s see what Alpenföhn have to say about their Matterhorn heatsink:

Alpenföhn enters the next level and presents the “Matterhorn” .The brand new 120mm tower cooler. Highest manufacturing quality, noble matt black finish as well as multiple features make this cooler the best solution for any application.



Let’s see how all this promise translates to real world performance.


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