Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64 ReviewFormer staff writer - September 20, 2007
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Arctic Cooling suggests that in order for the thermal compound to totally cure, the heatsink needs to run for a total of two hundred hours. In that time, you will see the temperatures decline until they level off. For the purpose of testing, I only ran the systems for 24 hours, in which there was a two degree difference from when I initially mounted the heatsink. On all heatsinks, Arctic Cooling MX2 Thermal compound was used to level the playing field.
In three of the four tests, the Freezer 64 Pro came within two to four degrees Celsius of the XP 90. Considering that the XP 90 is about double the price after you purchase a fan to mount on it, two to four degrees isn’t bad. The Freezer Pro 64 is very quiet, almost inaudible when placed inside the case. It was also quite easy to install, and I did not have to cut the mounting clip on it to place it on the motherboard that it was tested on. If you have read any of my articles, you will realize that I'm a stickler when it comes to fan noise. I run three to five computers in my office at any given time and it can get quite loud; I am always searching for an alternative. I will be using the Freezer Pro 64 on the next AMD rig I build.
The built-in fan controller worked flawlessly. When PWM temps increased, the fan speed increased. Having used Abit motherboards quite frequently as of late, PWM temps can pose a problem. I mounted the fan directly over the PWM to give it some active cooling. It was nice not to have to hear my temperature alarm buzzing with an overclock and a 100% load.
- Easy to Install
- Thermal Compound Pre-applied
- Four Pin Power Connector with PWM Fan Controller
- Fan Included
- Some May Not Like the Pre-applied Thermal Compound