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Black Ridge CPU-Kühler - 120mm

  • Attractive top-blower style cooler from Alpenföhn
  • created in collaboration with Daniel Hansen of DAN Cases
  • for Micro-ATX- and Mini-ITX systems
  • 47 mm high
  • includes six heatpipes
  • includes 92 mm fan


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Item number: CPAF-045

EAN: 4250280374810

MPN: 84000000156

Manufacturer: Alpenföhn


Product information - Black Ridge CPU-Kühler - 120mm

When enthusiasts talk about elite level cooling, no discussion would be complete without mentioning Alpenföhn as one of the well-established greats. As such the company has proven themselves up to the challenge time and again with their enviable range of premium CPU coolers, developed in Germany and produced in Asia, and it's not for nothing that they are renowned for their remarkable ability to dissipate heat. With the Black Ridge, Alpenföhn has not just created yet another compact low-profile cooler. The original design of the Black Ridge emerged from the hands of Daniel Hansen, who originally needed the most compact CPU cooler possible for use in his range of DAN cases.

The Features of the Alpenföhn Black Ridge at a Glance

  • Special design with fan installed on the underside of the heatsink
  • 92 mm PWM fan with exceptionally low noise levels
  • 6 x 6 mm copper heatpipes
  • Slim heatsink with aluminium fins
  • Designed to be compatible with almost all current AMD- and Intel CPUs

Special Cooler Design for Low Noise and Efficient Cooling

If the case happens to offer masses of space, there's nothing wrong with installing a massive cooler and heatsink combo, indeed doing so may even be considered a necessity when it comes to achieving the maximum overclock from your quad- or hexa core CPUs on the hottest day of the year. Yet in a scenario where space is at a premium, such as in an efficient and compact Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX case e.g. a DAN case or the Kolink Rocket, other qualities are often desirable - namely achieving the greatest possible cooling while producing a minimum of noise.

The base construction of the cooler is a top-blower style design, due to the fact that this enables maximum compatibility thanks to the lower total height. Alpenföhn has managed, in this instance, to squeeze in the 92 mm fan not on top - but instead to the underside of the cooler. Obviously this reduces the total height by a significant margin, that is to say but some 47 mm. The extraordinary design also helps reduce the total noise produced as well.

Premium Materials, Premium Fan

A total of six copper heatpipes, each six millimetres thick transfer heat away from the copper baseplate which maintains direct contact with the CPU. This heat is then guided into the aluminium fins of the heatsink, which offer a massive amount of surface area for their size. The other benefit of this design is that RAM modules up to 33 mm in height are compatible with the cooler. Those whom prefer low profile VLP-RAM (Very Low Profile) can even exchange the 92 mm fan for a 120 mm version instead, which then covers the entire surface of the heatsink. This can also be installed on the top of the cooler, which also has the added bonus of allowing the installation of taller RAM modules and increasing cooling efficiency even further.

The 92 mm fan is capable of providing exceptionally efficient cooling considering its size. Spinning at up to 2.800 RPM it achieves an airflow of more than 80 m³h, more than enough to meet the performance needs of a 95 Watt TDP CPU and all the while doing so at a surprisingly quiet 37,6 dB(A) as well. Moreover Alpenföhn has even made the Black Ridge compatible with all current Intel and AMD sockets. Manufactured entirely in a sleek black colour, this CPU cooler also goes the extra mile in the aesthetic department and leaves a lasting impression of uncompromising quality.

Technical Details:

  • Dimensions (with fan) 140 x 47 x 120 mm (W x H x D)
  • Material: Anodised aluminium (heatsink), copper (baseplate, heatpipes)
  • Weight (with fan) 407g
  • Fan Size: 92 mm
    Dimensions: 92 x 92 x 15 mm
    RPM: 800 - 2.800 RPM
    Airflow: max 80,03 m³h
  • Volume: min. 14 dB(A), max. 37,6 dB(A)
  • Voltage: 12 V
  • Connector: 4-Pin PWM
  • Compatibility
    Intel Socket 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156
    AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1



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Technical Details

CPU socket 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, AM4
CPU cooler type Top Blower
Fan connector 4 Pin (PWM)
CPU cooler width (accurate) 140 mm
CPU cooler height (accurate) 47 mm
CPU cooler depth (accurate) 120 mm
CPU cooler width 140 to 149 mm
CPU cooler height up to 50 mm
CPU cooler depth 120 to 129 mm
Material base plate copper
Material heat sink aluminium
Weight in g 400 - 500 g
Max rpm 2500 - 2999 U/min
Min rpm 750 - 999 U/min
Max noise level 35 - 39 dB(A)
Min Noise Level 10 - 14 dB(A)
Max air volume 75 - 99 m³/h
TDP 95 Watt
No. of Heatpipes 6
Heatpipe diameter 6 mm
CPU cooler fan(s) included 1x 92 mm
Heat sink colour black
Fan colour black
Additional fan mounting yes
Illumination no
Approved for active air flow

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  • Tech-Legend - Alpenföhn Black Ridge

    In conclusion, the Alpenföhn Black Ridge is a good cooler for a small form factor gaming system. However, it needs particular components to achieve the best performance and clearance possible. The performance is good and the build quality is great, with a simple and robust mounting system.

  • Basic-Tutorials - Alpenföhn Black Ridge – CPU-Kühler für ITX-Systeme mit Performance-Option

    Kommen wir nun zum Fazit des Alpenföhn Black Ridge Reviews. Für diesen Kühler sprechen die niedrige Bauhöhe von lediglich 47 Millimetern, die schicke Optik des Kühlkörper und die einfache Montage. Hinzu kommt dann noch die Möglichkeit auch größere Lüfter am Black Ridge befestigen zu können und die gute Kühlleistung bei nicht übertakteten Prozessoren bis zu einer TDP von 95W.

  • Alpenföhn Black Ridge CPU-Kühler - 120mm - Glob3trotters - Alpenföhn Black Ridge Best Low Profile Air Cooler !

    Glob3trotters - Alpenföhn Black Ridge Best Low Profile Air Cooler !

    The good:

    + Excellent build quality
    + 6 heatpipes
    + Very easy to install
    + Highly versatility given in how many variations it can be used
    + So far the best air cooling solution for the DAN A4-SFX that we have ever tested if used with the 120 mm slim fan

  • Alpenföhn Black Ridge CPU-Kühler - 120mm - Mod-your-case - Alpenföhn - Black Ridge

    Mod-your-case - Alpenföhn - Black Ridge


    Mit dem Black Ridge hat Alpenföhn einen sehr kompakten CPU-Kühler in sein Sortiment aufgenommen, welcher in unserem Test nicht nur mit einer guten Verarbeitung, sondern auch mit einer guten Kompatibilität punkten konnte. Durch die sehr geringe Bauhöhe von gerade einmal 47 mm eignet sich der Kühler vor allem für besonders kompakte ITX-Systeme, in denen man eigentlich nur Kühler verbauen kann, welche die Größe eines Boxed Kühler haben. Trotz der geringen Bauhöhe und dem nur 92 mm großen Lüfter kann der Kühler dank der großen Kühlfläche und den eingesetzten Heatpipes dennoch eine vergleichsweise hohe Kühlleistung liefern. Hat man in seinem Gehäuse etwas mehr Platz und somit die Möglichkeit, den Kühler mit einem normalen 120-mm-Lüfter zu kombinieren, so kann der Kühler eine gute Kühlleistung erzielen, welche auch für eine performante CPU ausreichend ist. Die Verarbeitung des eingesetzten Kühlers sowie auch des vorinstallierten Lüfters ist fast durchweg sehr sauber ausgeführt.

  • TweakPC - Alpenföhn Black Ridge

    + Gute Kühlleistung für die Größe
    + Geringe Bauhöhe (ITX/SFX tauglich)
    + Mattschwarze edle Optik
    + Einfache Montage
    + RAM-Kompatibilität bis 33 mm hervorragend
    + PCI-Kompatibilität
    + Hervorragende Verarbeitung
    + Austauschbare Lüfter
    + Zusätzlicher Lüfter mit 120 Bohrungen möglich

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