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Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Review

Former staff writer    -   February 28, 2007


Specifications:


Heat Sink 104 x 58 x 126.5 mm
Fan 107 x 43.5 x 96 mm
Overall Dimensions 107 x 96.5 x 126.5 mm
Rated Fan Speed 900 - 2500 RPM (PWM)
Power Consumption 0.16 Amp.
Air Flow 45 CFM / 77 m3/h
Weight 520 g
Noise Level 0.9 Sone
Thermal Resistance 0.17°C/Watt
Thermal Interface Material Pre-applied MX-1 Paste
Warranty 6 Years


Installation:


I thought the installation of this unit would be a breeze, probably taking around 2-3 minutes, but instead ended up taking about 30. First of all the unit would not clear on my motherboard (Abit AW9DMax) as there were clearance issues with a passive heatsink on my motherboard. I ended up having to bend the bottom few fins to get it to clear, which was not that big of a deal and something that I was willing to deal with to have the cutting edge hardware. So once I made sure my clearances where good, I tried to mount the unit with the four push pins, and let me tell you, is that ever a PAIN! You have to line them up and push very hard to get them in the hole. Then turn the head of the push pin to a locked position and repeat three more times for the other corners. Two of the pins are way under the heat sink and reaching them was a major pain. To be honest I am NOT impressed at all with the pushpin mounting method, and their locations on this cooler just aggravated that. After I managed to get them all clamped in (some liked to pop out) I could finally fire up this machine and hope that the temperatures where within limits.




Testing:


Test setup
  • Intel Q6600 ES
  • Abit AW9DMax
  • 2 x 1 GB Mushkin Xp8500
  • 2 x 750 GB Seagate HDD’s
  • Mushkin 650Watt PSU
  • Windows XP Pro SP2


For testing this cooler I will be booting the machine and letting it idle at desktop for 10 minutes, then running OCCT for 15 minutes. I will then overclock the CPU to 3 GHz and follow the same methods for gathering the temps. I do not have the stock cooler for this Q6600, so I will be using the Thermal Take Big Typhoon as a comparison in the graphs. Since this is a quad core, I will give the average temperature of the four cores as reported with core temp. (temp1+temp2+temp3+temp4/4=result)





  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications, Installation & Testing
  3. Conclusion
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