Arctic Released Alpine M1 & Alpine M1-Passive Silent AM1 CPU Coolers

AMD’s AM1 platform has great potential for a lot of builds, but the stock cooler leaves some wishes open. Arctic seems to think so too and they have released not one but two new CPU coolers for just this platform. The new CPU coolers are the Alpine M1 for whisper silent operation and the Alpine M1-Passive for completely silent operation.

The Alpine M1 comes with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound ready to use. It has the same cooling abilities as the stock fan, but with figures that speak a lot more to us. Where the stock cooler will spin with up to 4000RPM, the Alpine M1 comes away with just 750RPM, resulting in a barely audible noise generation. The 80mm low-speed fan delivers the desired airflow and pressure without producing any audible noise, even under full load it generates only 0.1 Sone.

The Arctic Alpine M1 comes backed by a six-year warranty and will only cost you £8.99 on Amazon.

The second new CPU cooler from Arctic kicks the whole thing up a notch, or rather down as it comes without a fan and is a completely passive cooler. Despite the lack of a fan, the cooling block can keep an AMD Athlon 5350 Quad-Core under full load at just 49 degrees. The stock cooler with a fan can keep the CPU at 46 degrees, so that’s barely a difference in performance.

The aluminium cooler is 77mm wide and 70mm high, so it should fit into pretty much any chassis. Like the active brother, it comes with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound, ready to be mounted in your system.

Arctic’s Alpine M1-Passive will cost a little bit more than the active version, but not much. It can be had for just £9.49 on Amazon at the time of writing and also comes backed by the same six-year warranty as the active model.

EK Announces Vardar Series 120mm Fans Designed for Radiator Use

Not all fans are equal and there are many that aren’t really suited well use with radiators. So who better to create a fan for just this scenario than EK Water Blocks. And they have done just that with the new high-pressure 120mm EK-Varder fan that is the first in-house engineered fan from EK.

The simple design should allow for integration into almost any system that can handle a little black, though that isn’t the only colour available. It’s announced in single and two-tone colours with a monochrome fan sticker.

The task at hand was to create a fan with high static pressure  while keeping a low noise profile. EK used a 7-fin fan blade design and the motor windings are actively cooled, double ball bearing and rated for 50,000 hours. An important factor for radiator cooling is a sealed edge so the air doesn’t escape out the side instead of being forced through the fins. EK created just that with the old-school looking, but effective, black square shape.

The EK-Vardar 120mm cooling fan currently consists of five models, four regular and one Furious Vardar with the latter built-in distinctive all-black design. All fans come with four self-tapping screws and are pre-sleeved (F1-F4: black, FF5: red) for your convenience. The new fans will be available for purchase in the first half of January 2015, although a limited quantity will be available in mid-December 2014.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

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