Arctic this week added its first passive cooler that is compatible with AMD’s AM4 processors into its lineup of products. The Alpine AM4 was designed for APUs and CPUs that dissipate no more than 47 W, which is common for modern mainstream chips that feature reduced TDP.

The Arctic Alpine AM4 passive cooler is made of black anodized aluminum, features 21 rather thick fins, and weighs 557 grams. The heat sink has a z-height of 81 mm and measures 100 × 100 mm on its sides, so it has to be installed into relatively spacious cases. Speaking of installation, it is worth mentioning that the Alpine AM4 ships with four screws with springs, so the installation of the device is fairly simple. To further things simplify, the cooling system comes with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound. As a small bonus feature for those who want peace of mind, the passive cooler is covered by a six-year warranty as if a solid piece of aluminum could break down.

Arctic recommends to use the Alpine AM4 with AMD’s energy efficient APUs, such as the AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200 GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE, but the cooler will also handle AMD’s 65 W APUs and CPUs that can be programmed to limit their TDP to 46 W (at the cost of their frequency). Therefore, it is now possible to build a fanless PC based on a fairly wide range of AMD’s Ryzen 1000-series and 2000-series CPUs.

Arctic will start selling the Alpine AM4 passive coolers in the coming weeks. Pricing is not yet known, but judging by the simplistic construction of the product, do not expect it to cost significantly more than $20. In fact, Arctic’s currently-available Alpine passive coolers for Intel processors retail for €12.99 ($15.2) in Europe.

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Source: Arctic (via FanlessTech)

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  • penev91 - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Greatest thing about this heatsink is that it has a 6 year warranty.
  • thekaidis - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    "Hi, Arctic support? My Alpine cooler is acting up."

  • TheWereCat - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    "It melted when I tried to push 5GHz and 1.85V on my 2700X"
  • babadivad - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Piece of junk.
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Saturday, May 26, 2018 - link

    Joking aside, I'd guarantee you the other parts would melt first before a big block of aluminium
  • Flunk - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    They could give this thing a 40 year warranty. There isn't anything that can go wrong that it that isn't the user's fault.
  • patrickjp93 - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Not true. Corrosion, cracking, and warping can all happen with no fault of the user.
  • Achaios - Saturday, May 26, 2018 - link

    The only way I see corrosion happening is if you install your rig on the bow of a merchant vessel that does cross-atlantic trade, right next to the anchor windlass, and then sent the vessel to sea.
  • WinterCharm - Sunday, May 27, 2018 - link

    Aww darn, I’m gonna have to swap the cooling system on my merchant vessel now :(
  • plewis00 - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    I’m sure they give 6 years warranty because everything else they make has 6 years as well.

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