CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Alpenfohn Olymp

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Alpenfohn Olymp

Price:  £59.99

Technical Specification

CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm Copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed[email protected]
Noise Level26.8dB(A)
Air Flow72.6CFM
Air PressureNot given mmH2O


Up Close

The Olymp is the top of the range model from Alpenfohn, and it surely is a beast.  The packaging is very nice with all the individual sets and fans being separated into their own boxes within the main packaging.  Also included is something we've not seen before.  The "Shock Killer Pole" is basically a set of two long rods that attach the the mounting hardware and travel up through the fin stack, thus giving support to the system during transport.

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The Olymp is a twin tower 140mm fan based cooler configured in the traditional way with a fan at the front and one between the stacks.  Additional fittings are provided should you wish to add a third fan to the rear.  What isn't so traditional though is the interesting zig-zag layout of the fin stack.

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The fin stack is also off-set so as to minimise RAM issues, and although the fan does overlap the RAM it can be adjusted upwards slightly so as not to impinge on standard height RAM.  The heat pipes are unusually laid out in pairs within the stacks

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The top of the Olymp is very highly polished and with its angled appearance for some reason reminds me of the Cylons from the original Battestar Galactica.  Underneath we find that all is in order with evidence of very high quality work.

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Fitting the Olymp was pretty straight forward, mainly due to the compression bar screws being situated between the two towers so as to give great access.  Like the Matterhorn before it though, the Olymp didn't feel as if it was very tightly clamped down, and could be easily moved with the hand even when all screws were tensioned down fully.  Our experience is that when this happens, don't expect good torture test results, and you know what, we were right again as the Olymp, which remember is a twin stack 140mm fan based cooler fell into the bottom quarter of the performance charts.  To be honest really quite shocking performance for a cooler this big.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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