The OEM manufacturer EKL has been making CPU coolers for a number of years now under the Alpenföhn brand, not a bad name for coolers. We received a sample of their latest cooler, the Matterhorn Pure. It's an affordable cooler with an average price of £28, competing against the Cooler Master Hyper 412S and the high-quality Gelid Tranquilo Rev. 2. Can the Matterhorn hold its own against this kind of competition?
The Matterhorn Pure is a modestly-sized tower cooler. The copper baseplate is connected to six 6mm heat pipes that transfer the heat from the CPU to an aluminium heatsink.The fins of the heatsink are noticeably sharp, it's something to keep in mind when you messing around inside your PC and you have this cooler. It has a 120mm fan with "hydraulic bearings", which can be connected via a 4-pin PWM plug to the motherboard.
The cooler is compatible with all current AMD and Intel processor sockets. It's affordably priced, but it has some serious competition in its price bracket. We compare the Matterhorn with other coolers available for £40 and below.