Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Review

Admin - 2007-02-25 21:33:14 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: February 28, 2007
Arctic Cooling
Arctic Cooling
Price: $25 USD

Introduction:


    Well now that you've just got that nice new processor, you probably want to do one of two things. You're either going to try and silence that loud stock cooler, or you're going to overclock. Regardless of which you choose in the end, they both hopefully lead to better cooling. Arctic Cooling has answered our call for performance cooling with the release of the Freezer 7 Pro. They have provided us with a Freezer 7 Pro to try and cool my toasty Q6600ES. When someone goes shopping for after-market cooling, they're doing so for two reasons; They simply want better cooling, or they want something quieter. The Freezer 7 Pro is a claimed merger of the two, with large cooling capacity, and a fan rated for lower DB, this cooler sure looks great on paper.

Arctic Cooling is a major manufacturer based out of Germany. With their comprehensive line of after-market VGA coolers, as well as CPU coolers, they have a very broad product lineup. Founded back in Switzerland in 2001, Arctic cooling has been providing Europe with performance cooling for 6 years now. Recently opening up their North American division and expanding to provide the entire world with their performance cooling products.

Closer Look:


    When I got this cooler I was a little surprised, as the box that it comes in is very small and I am used to larger boxes. The box itself is pretty much standard for a retail item, a picture of the unit, some fancy artwork, and features / specs of the unit.



After opening up the box and taking out the unit, I found that it was of a relatively conventional design. Conventional being three heatpipes that go out and up from the base and then through the fins. The fan is completely isolated from the rest of the body with rubber grommets so that It transmits no vibration through the unit and down into your CPU/Motherboard. The fan housing is removable and it simply clips onto either side of the heat sink assembly.




The bottom surface of the heatsink is a little rough for my liking, but that's what you can expect from a manufacturer. The fan power connector also comes pre-sleeved, which is a nice addition as it will help to keep your case all neat and tidy. The only thing that concerned me about the layout of this unit was the fan mounted to the side of the heatsink. This might give some clearance issues on some motherboards, but you would have to check your motherboard layout.

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


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)


Conclusion:


    Overall I would have to say that this is a decent performing cooler, with middle of the line cooling performance. But with its relatively low cost, you can't really ask for much more. The major thing that is noticeable with this cooler is the sound level is nearly inaudible when installed inside of your case and this is always a plus in my book. The fact that I had to work so hard to get it installed was a major turn off for me, but I think that this is a flaw with the LGA775 heatsink mounting method, unless there is another way that I am not familiar with. A bit more clearance on the cooler between the base plate and the start of the heatsink fins would have been nice as well, it would have helped to avoid the clearance issues on my motherboard. Overall, I can’t argue that this cooler is a good performer.  With an attractive price for decent air cooling on a budget, don’t be afraid to pickup a Freezer 7 Pro, but be prepared to fiddle with the mounting lugs to get it secured properly.

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