53 months ago
I didn't see it on this site, but it looks like a pretty nice cooler (based on the very limited information I have). Have you guys seen it or know anything about it?
White Edition(also Black)
Main reason why it isn't listed on this site is that EKL Alpenföhn-product is mainly and almost exclusively sold in Europe. EKL makes decent fans and heatsinks, but they use the DirectTouch-system which has been getting a bad rep lately (words like "overpriced" and "no discernible advantage" come to mind).
Apart from that, the Matterhorn is on the more expensive side of things and comes with a large fan that moves air like none other, so any power hungry CPU and wimpy cooling system will reap a great benefit from this cooler.
Personally, I would rather go with a Brocken 2, specifically the PCGH-Edition. The B2-PCGH comes with two fans instead of one, and moves about half as much air, but is also cheaper by about 4 pounds and runs quieter (the 140mm fans are capped at 700rpm, while the Matterhorn's 120mm fan goes up to 1400rpm).
Neither of these is a particularly good value, as that is already Noctua or beQuiet! money. EKL is most popular for their low-budget lineup, including the Brocken ECO, the Panorama and the Ben Nevis (the latter of which is a low-budget masterpiece that beats the Cooler Master 212 Evo by far).
Ahh, that explains things. Thanks for the info. I wonder if some of the high price comes from them investing in making it look nice. I know Noctua is about the best out there, but they are just so ugly. =P I mean... did they have to choose colors that don't match anything else?
There is no source on this, but common consensus is that it's a marketing decision. Noctua fans always stand out, they are immediately identifiable and will never be mistaken for something else. It also plays into Noctua's mascot, the Owl, to be a more natural color.
Even the Industrial-grade fans have the characterisitc brown. The only one that deviates is the Redux-line, and that is just replacement parts.