One of the things on my to-buy list for Germany was a new CPU cooler. Due to the very little space in my M-ITX case I couldn’t put in any of the huge cooling towers so I needed something not much bigger than Intel’s famously bad stock cooler … and also not much more expensive but still able to cool that chip down even in hot SL sessions.
So when I went to the electronics shop near by our hotel the salesguy showed me the Arctic Alpine 11 GT Rev.2. Hmm, I thought, that thing doesn’t look very impressive in its pretty plain box. Nowhwere it says something about amazing For Gamers or some of the usual bullshit but it indeed looked like a somber technical spare part, as if I was purchasing some valve for plumbing or sumsuch.
But the name Arctic rang a bell in my forgetful brainthingy. In fact are Arctic the manufacturers of the geeks’ most beloved thermal compound so I thought Hey, they obviously know a thing or two about keeping your compi nice and cool. Seeing the cooling paste was already pre-applied to the contact plate made me rejoice and break out in a little squeal of glee. Such a convenience you won’t find every day in computer products of much higher price. Then I noticed Arctic are a Swiss company and I was completely sold. 5€ and that amazing little thing was mine. 🙂 I was calculating I needed to pay four times as much (for fans with awesome sounding names that come in stylish gaming boxes). That and the fact that it sells in The States for twice the price as in Europe [insert a “hehe” here] was only a bonus gift for witchy bitchy little me. 😉 So, if you really must know, here’s how I did:
I honestly can’t say if this new cooler is really much cooler than the supplied Intel stock one; only time will tell. But what I already found out is how amazingly whisper quiet the Arctic Alpine is. But ok, that wasn’t my first priority, still a nice feature to boost. If indeed I’ll run into thermal problems when sailing races during African summer I’ll need to upgrade heavily. Either another small but more expensive air-cooler or I must swap to a watercooled system. OY VEY! 😮 Me no likey watercooling, particularly not in electrical/electronic systems. Everybody knows that water and electricity don’t play nice together, don’t they?