Today, we bring a review to you with an eerie quiet breath, figuratively speaking. That is because this review is focused on silence. On the test bench is an aluminum block that has some fins, and nothing more. Brought to you by ARCTIC, the Alpine 12 Passive is aimed at those chasing silent rigs, which is of great importance in certain circumstances. One that immediately springs to mind is an audio creation room, or perhaps even a HTPC that you may not wish to hear at any volume.
The Alpine 12 Passive is able to dissipate up to 47 watts of heat without the addition of any fan, which is in large due to its overall weight and design. ARCTIC is able to bring you a passive cooler such as the Alpine 12 Passive for the extremely low cost of just $13 for one simple reason: it is made out of aluminum instead of copper, and is merely a block of metal with no add-on parts such as a fan (not counting Arctic’s coating). It’s going to be very interesting to see how well this one performs… and whether or not you should contemplate it for your build even if you are on a budget or not.
Here’s a snippet on what ARCTIC was born from, and who they are.
In 2001, we initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs and have since become one of the leading manufacturers in this sector. Since 2010, we use the know-how of many years of IT experience to expand our portfolio with consumer electronics. In the course of expansion ARCTIC COOLING finally evolved into ARCTIC.
Our whole product range is recognized for offering innovative quality with a fair price tag. We never run tired inventing new technologies. While you can rely on our cooling solutions to offer highest performance at minimum noise levels, we focus on clean sounds and rich tones for our headphones and speakers.
But we always keep our origin in sight because a quiet computer is the basis for pleasant working conditions.