Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Reviewairman - November 10, 2010
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Keeping your components cool in your computer is the most important practice for maintaining their lifespan. Manufacturers have continued to improve their designs and offer new products to adapt to the constant changes in technology and their heat output. A constant challenge of consumers is finding a product that fits their needs while staying within their budget. This constant battle drives readers to research what a particular heatsink is capable of and whether or not it is right for them. The goal of this article is to provide the desired facts about the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13. The Freezer 13 is a relatively low-cost heatsink that is capable of up to 200 watts of cooling power. In this review, I will provide a complete evaluation of the heatsink's unboxing, features, installation, and most importantly, its performance. This will be my first Arctic Cooling product that I have tested, so I am excited to see how well it performs!
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is packaged in a clear plastic container so that all sides of it can be seen. On the front, the black and white fan stands out through the packaging and the Arctic Cooling logo as well as the Freezer 13 text appears at the bottom. Underneath the Freezer 13 text is a remark stating that this heatsink supports both AMD and Intel sockets, which is common nowadays. The left side of the package adds some more information, such as it being capable of 200 watts of cooling power, and lists more specific socket compatibilities. A large amount of information can be found on the rear of the package - noise levels, dimensions, weight, and other features that I will discuss further in the review. The right side only features the UPC code and some information about Arctic Cooling. Arctic Cooling is based out of Switzerland.
As you can see, the packaging of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is fairly minimal and small in size. Included in the base of the package, underneath the heatsink, is the mounting hardware and an installation/owner's manual. Out of all the heatsinks I have ever reviewed, this one gets the award for having the simplest mounting hardware I have come across! Many heatsinks have an overwhelming amount of hardware with pieces that can easily get lost and can be confusing to install. I don't believe I will have this problem with the Freezer 13, as there are only a total of five pieces (four of which are the same), plus two screws to get it ready for action.
With the Freezer 13 out of the box, it is now time to take a closer look at the heatsink and share my thoughts on the next page.