Air cooling systems with direct touch technology (when heat pipes have contact with the CPU’s heat-spreader) have recently been produced in larger volumes than conventional copper-sole coolers. I’ve given you the reasons in my Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme review. This technology is just simpler and cheaper to manufacture while its efficiency is high. On the other hand, Xigmatek’s Thor’s Hammer, the best representative of the direct-touch class so far, is inferior to such leaders as the Thermalright IFX-14 or Scythe Mugen 2.
The manufacturers are not taken aback by that fact, though. They go on rolling out new direct-touch products and I am going to talk about one such cooler, called Alpenföhn Nordwand, in this review.
Packaging and Accessories
There is a small cutout in the face side of the small cardboard box the Alpenföhn Nordwand is packed into. It gives you a glimpse of the cooler’s heatsink. A full-size photo of the product can be seen on the back.
Inside the cardboard exterior there is a transparent plastic blister wrap that fits the cooler and its fan tightly. A small box with accessories lies above the cooler.
The Alpenföhn Nordwand is mounted on a CPU in exactly the same way as the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme I’ve mentioned in the Introduction, so the accessories to both products are identical in this respect. The difference is that the thermal grease comes from an obscure maker and there is no fan speed controller here (the latter is replaced with a Molex adapter). Besides, the box contains silicone pins for fans and an installation manual.
The Alpenföhn Nordwand is manufactured in China and comes at a recommended price of $64.9. It has a 1 year warranty.