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NOISE RECORDINGS IN MP3 FORMAT
- Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s leading ambient:
One Meter (Note:
The 30cm recording is unnecessary; the noise is perfectly audible at 1m.)
- Reference 92mm fan (not tested): 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between
levels: One Meter,
- Scythe Ninja Mini: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels:
- Zalman CNPS8700 LED: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels:
- Scythe Mine w/ stock fan: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels:
One Meter, One
HOW TO LISTEN &
made with a high resolution, studio quality, digital recording system
and are intended to represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during
the review. Two recordings of each noise level were made, one from a
distance of one meter, and
another from one foot away.
one meter recording
is intended to give you an idea of how the subject of this review sound
in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a
computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains
stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative
loudness of the subject. For best results, set your volume control so
that the ambient noise is just barely audible. Be aware that very quiet
subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter,
chances are we couldn't record it either!
one foot recording is
designed to bring out the fine details of the noise. Use this recording
with caution! Although more detailed, it may not represent how the
subject sounds in actual use. It is best to listen to this recording
after you have listened to the one meter recording.
The Alpine 7 Pro's mediocre thermal performance is difficult to ignore
but so is its ~$16 price. The only other heatsinks at this price level are
its predecessors from Arctic Cooling, and our verdict is much the same: It's
a bargain for a low-to-midrange system.
What it lacks in performance it makes up in low noise. We were pleased to note
that this sample sounded smoother than previous Arctic Cooling fans we've heard,
and it certainly had no difficulty disappearing under the ambient noise when
turned all the way down.
As an upgrade from the Alpine 7, the pushpin mounting system is an
improvement, but little else has changed. Because our test bed has changed since
the original was tested, a direct comparison for performance is not possible.
In theory, the smaller surface area of the fins should actually degrade
performance a bit.
Ultimately, the utility of the Alpine 7 Pro comes down to the system it is
used in. With a cool processor it has great potential, but that still leaves
the question: "How cool?" That is not a simple question far
too complex to be addressed here. Luckily, its price comes in handy US$16
is not too much to put down for a little guess-and-test.
* Very quiet when slowed down
* A good choice for idle internet PC's
* Uses stock mounting system
* Easy installation
* Moderate thermal performance
* Socket LGA775 only
Much thanks to Arctic
Cooling for the Alpine 7 Pro sample.
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