Now let’s see how good the Alpenföhn Nordwand is in comparison with the best air cooler and with the best heat-pipe direct touch cooler.
So, the Alpenföhn Nordwand is more effective than the Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer. The new cooler is superior to its opponent by 2-4°C in every mode, which makes it the best model with heat-pipe direct touch technology. Then, it is also quite good in comparison with the Noctua NH-D14, being 3-6°C weaker with the default fan and 2-4°C weaker with the same fan(s) from Thermalright. The result is just excellent for a cooler that costs $20 less than the NH-D14!
When describing the new cooler I mentioned a 13mm gap between the fan and the heatsink. Alas, when I tried to seal the gap with stripes of scotch tape…
…the Alpenföhn Nordwand’s efficiency did not change and it delivered the same best result.
I cannot say anything special about the noisiness of the Nordwand’s default fan. The fan is identical to many other high-quality 120mm models with fluid dynamic bearings that remain quiet until 1000-1050 RPM. I did not hear any strange noises from the fan during my tests at any speed.